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Nancy Reagan
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1981 â€“ January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Rosalynn Carter
Succeeded by Barbara Bush
First Lady of California
In role
January 3, 1967 â€“ January 6, 1975
Governor Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Bernice Brown
Succeeded by Gloria Deukmejian
Personal details
Born Anne Frances Robbins
(1921-07-06)July 6, 1921
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 6, 2016(2016-03-06) (aged 94)
Bel Air, California, U.S.
Resting place Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, U.S.
34°15′32″N 118°49′14″W / 34.25899°N 118.82043°W / 34.25899; -118.82043
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ronald Reagan
(m. 1952; d. 2004)
Children Biological:

Patti Davis
Ron Reagan

Stepchildren:

Maureen Reagan
Michael Reagan

Parents

Kenneth Seymour Robbins
Edith Luckett Davis

Alma mater Smith College
Occupation Actress
Religion Presbyterianism

I rarely think about myself that much. I really don't.
I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.
Nancy Reagan
I'm doing what I want to do.
I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available to them and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers.
Nancy Reagan
It's always written that my father was a rich, conservative John Bircher. That is untrue. He was not rich. He was not a John Bircher.
Nancy Reagan
My job is being 'Mrs. Ronald Reagan.'
I don't really yell at people.
Everything just fell into place with Ronnie and me. We completed each other.
Nancy Reagan
I said from the very beginning, I don't want a big house, I don't want big grounds, I don't want the trouble with the maintenance and all of that.
Nancy Reagan
I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.
I'm very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Nancy Reagan
I don't know when I'm going to have time to be politically active.
I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live in them.
Nancy Reagan
My life really began when I married my husband.
As I've said before, time is short, and life is precious.
I'm fine, except, you know, I broke my pelvis. And that's not much fun.
Nancy Reagan
Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to alleviate so much suffering. Surely, by working together we can harness its life-giving potential.
Nancy Reagan
You know, the polls show that 70 percent of the people are for stem-cell research.
Nancy Reagan
Don't say I was tough. I was strong. I had to be, because Ronnie liked everybody and sometimes didn't see – or refused to see – what the people around him were really up to. But everything I did, I did for Ronnie. I did for love.
Nancy Reagan
I was the one who was always calling people.
From the moment I walked into the White House, it was as if I had no privacy at all.
Nancy Reagan
It is true that when you're in the White House alone, it is a lonely place. Big and lonely.
Nancy Reagan
I've found a letter that was written to me from a girl who was getting married. And she wanted to know the secret of a happy marriage. I said – and I wrote back and said something to the effect that I couldn't – I had no magic formula. And I never sat down and thought about it, but everything just fell into place with Ronnie and me.
Nancy Reagan
I do not believe in abortion at will. I do not believe that if a woman just wants to have an abortion she should… I do believe if you have an abortion you are committing murder.
Nancy Reagan
I voted for McCain. But I thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known – disciplined, well organized, very, very good. I was very impressed.
Nancy Reagan
To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can't see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.
Nancy Reagan
I don't think most people associate me with leeches or how to get them off. But I know how to get them off. I'm an expert at it.
Nancy Reagan
I always liked red. It's a picker-upper.
I'm particularly happy that the Ronald Reagan Building is both public and private, and embraces his lifelong belief… in free and open trade.
Nancy Reagan
I don't talk about political matters. That's not my department.
I chose to have a career, and I enjoyed it while I had it.
Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.
I have been criticized and ridiculed for turning to astrology, but after a while, I reached the point where I didn't care.
Nancy Reagan
My mother was a Democrat - southern Democrat, y'all.
I don't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs.
Nancy Reagan
I believe that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty.
I couldn't possibly lead the kind of life I lead, and keep the schedule that I do, having radiation or chemotherapy.
Nancy Reagan
A lot of business can be accomplished in the state dinners.
I've always gone for the more understated look.
You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we're all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it's going to be over, and you better make this count.
Nancy Reagan
With Alzheimer's patients, you have to be very careful what you say when you're looking at them over their bed. Because once in a while, they understand it.
Nancy Reagan
I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live in them.
Nancy Reagan
I've had quite a life, when you stop and think about it.
The movies were custard compared to politics.
There is no job description for the first lady and she's only there because her husband got elected president.
Nancy Reagan
Now science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that have for so long been beyond our grasp.
Nancy Reagan
There's a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It's exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don't cheat yourselves out of this promise.
Nancy Reagan
For eight years, I was sleeping with the president, and if that doesn't give you special access, I don't know what does!
Nancy Reagan
I don't like a lot of frills and fusses.
I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated.
Nancy Reagan
People don't understand that all presidents, the minute they become president, get a knock at the door. And there's a man there saying, 'Let's talk about your funeral.' At the time I thought, God, that's a terrible thing. Later on, I thought it was pretty wise.
Nancy Reagan
When people say, 'You have Alzheimer's,' you have no idea what Alzheimer's is. You know it's not good. You know there's no light at the end of the tunnel. That's the only way you can go. But you really don't know anything about it. And you don't know what to expect.
Nancy Reagan
I was doing everything I could think of to protect my husband and keep him alive.
Nancy Reagan
You just get up each day and put one foot in front of the other and go. You know, each day is different.
Nancy Reagan
I thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known – disciplined, well organised, very, very good. I was very impressed.
Nancy Reagan
I'm against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman's choice.
Nancy Reagan
Remember, I'm a doctor's daughter. So obviously I'm interested in all medical things.
Nancy Reagan
I must say acting was good training for the political life which lay ahead for us.
Nancy Reagan
Just say no to drugs!
My life began with Ronnie.
It is well known that my husband and Lady Thatcher enjoyed a very special relationship as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history. Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism.
Nancy Reagan
A lot of what acting is paying attention.