Nixon in the White House (1970)
|First Lady of the United States|
January 20, 1969 â€“ August 9, 1974
|Preceded by||Lady Bird Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Betty Ford|
|Second Lady of the United States|
January 20, 1953 â€“ January 20, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Jane Barkley|
|Succeeded by||Lady Bird Johnson|
|Born||Thelma Catherine Ryan
March 16, 1912
Ely, Nevada, U.S.
|Died||June 22, 1993
Park Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
|Resting place||Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, California|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Nixon (1940â€“1993 her death)|
|Alma mater||Fullerton College
University of Southern California
|Profession||Clerk, secretary, technician, teacher, analyst|
All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different.
If I had a choice, I'd rather be admired less and have my husband tormented less. I'd prefer that people concentrate on a fair assessment of him and his Presidency.
I feel there's enough seriousness in the world without seeing it in the theatre.
All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different. What really matters is whether, after all of that, you remain strong and a comfort to your loved ones. I have tried to meet that test.
I never have tantrums. If anything makes me mad, I'm silent. If I'm not talking, leave me alone.
I have always tried my best to do what I thought was the right thing at the time.
I'm a perfectionist. I won't do a thing without trying to do it well.
I love my husband. I believe in him, and I am proud of his accomplishments.
I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband.
I'll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder.
I've been blessed with a wonderful husband, two caring daughters and sons-in-law, and four really special grandchildren. They have each enhanced my life.