Former United States First
Lady Nancy Reagan has died at her home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, aged 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to a statement by the Reagan Library. Reports said, she will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, former US President Ronald Reagan. He died in June 2004.
The former B movie actress married Reagan in 1952 when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. She was California’s first lady from 1967-75 while her husband was governor of the state and US first lady from 1981-89. Nancy was a former Hollywood performer who made it all the way to the White House.
As Nancy Davis, she was an actress during the 1940s and 1950s and married Reagan, a prominent film actor, in 1952.
They had two children together. During her time in the White House, she led the “Just Say No” anti-drugs campaign. She was fiercely protective of her husband and became even more so following the assassination attempt against him outside a Hilton hotel in Washington DC in 1981.
Her consultations with an astrologer, who recommended
which days were best for him to leave the White House, influenced the US president’s schedule. Her star-gazing led to clashes with her husband’s chief of staff, Donald Regan, and a power struggle that ended with the latter’s resignation.
“I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated,” she once said. “I talk to people. They tell me things. And if something is about to become a problem, I’m not above calling a staff person and asking about it. I’m a woman who loves her husband and I make no apologies for looking
out for his personal and political welfare.”
She was also criticised for spending too much during her time in the White House, including on pricey china. Reagan was devoted to her husband and cared for him during his nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s. She broke with fellow Republicans in recent years to back stem cell research as a way to search for a cure for the disease.