Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady of the United States, Dead at 94

Nancy Reagan Dead

Former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan died on Sunday in her Los Angeles home, of congestive heart failure. She was 94.

The widow of Ronald Reagan, who served as President of the United States from 1981-’89, she will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., alongside her husband, who died in June 2004 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.

TMZ first reported on her passing.

As a young actress whose first film credit was 1949’s The Doctor and the Girl, Nancy Davis was 28 when she first met Ronald Reagan, who then was president of the Screen Actors Guild. They married in March 1952; daughter Patti, their first child, was born seven months later. Son Ron Jr. followed in May 1958.

Reagan’s final film credit, 1957’s Hellcats of the Navy, was also her only time co-starring alongside her husband. Her TV credits included General Electric Theater and episodes of The Tall Man and Wagon Train.

During her eight-year tenure as First Lady, Reagan founded the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign, drew both praise and barbs for her affinity for high-end fashion, and was known to consult an astrologer after the attempted assassination of her husband in 1981.

In recent years, in the wake of her husband being felled by Alzheimer’s, Reagan was an advocate for embryonic stem cell research.