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Title Anne Frances "Nancy" Robbins Davis Reagan
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.043
Description Anne Frances "Nancy" Robbins Davis Reagan (1921-2016)
Wife of Ronald Reagan - served as First Lady from 1981-1989.

Nancy Regan was five feet four inches tall. She had brown hair and hazel eyes.
Through her mother's friends in the acting profession, Nancy received a non-speaking roll in the touring company of Ramshackle Inn, and the play eventually came to Broadway. In 1949, after a successful screen test, Nancy accepted a seven-year contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer and moved to Hollywood, California.
Nancy Davis was 30 years old when she married Ronald Reagan, film and television actor. They married on March 6, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in North Hollywood, California.
While her husband struggled for acting work, Nancy assumed the full-time work of mother and homemaker. She made three films after her marriage. Her last film in 1956, was "Hellcats of the Navy," in which she and her husband appeared together.
During Reagan's two terms as California Governor, Nancy adopted several causes, including the welfare of returned and wounded Vietnam War veterans. As California's First Lady, she wrote a syndicated column and donated her salary to the National League of Families of American POW-MIA.
Nancy Davis Reagan became First Lady at the age of 59 years old. Her focus was on creating a home in the White House; rather than use government funds to redecorate as well as renovate the floors, doors and other hardware, she sought private funds to underwrite the work.
With her work on the White House and patterns set for entertaining completed, Nancy began to focus on the public issues and projects which she intended to raise consciousness. Her primary project was promotion of drug education and prevention programs for children and young adults. To this end, she traveled nearly 250,000 miles throughout the U.S. and several nations. The catch-phrase "just say no" proliferated through the popular culture of the 1980's.
Perhaps Nancy Reagan's largest work as First Lady was her role as the President's personal protector. Part of this role grew out of the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt on his life. Forever afterwards, Nancy made it her concern to know his schedule.
After publishing her memoirs, in 1989, she established the Nancy Reagan Foundation, to support educational drug prevention after-school programs. Her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994. Over the next decade her public activities were largely limited to the Los Angeles area, since she was the primary caregiver to the former president. After former President Reagan's death in 2004, she became an outspoken public advocate for stem cell research.
Nancy Reagan's primary focus as a presidential widow was to bring public attention to the legacy of her late husband. As a former First Lady of the United States and yet a symbol of her late husband's party, Mrs. Reagan successfully managed bipartisanship with party loyalty.
Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 95.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Gladys Price Phillips
Given Given by Woodey B. Searle in honor of his wife, Vonetta Searle
Source Uintah County Library