Learning about her death, many of her fans went to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to leave flowers and pay their respects. A friend, Mervyn LeRoy, said he would introduce her to the president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan, to look into the matter.
President Obama and first lady Michelle said in a statement that Nancy Reagan redefined the role of first lady. FILE – This December 1986, file photo shows first lady Nancy Reagan holding the Reagans’ pet Rex, a King Charles spaniel, as she and President Reagan walk on the White House South lawn.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked whether Obama would attend the funeral, said officials were waiting until funeral arrangements for the former first lady are settled before determining who will represent the White House at the service.
The former president’s Alzheimer’s struggle made Mrs. Reagan a campaigner for broader human embryonic stem cell research, a stand that put her at odds with many Republicans.
Who can forget these touching images of Mrs. Reagan saying goodbye to the love her life? – the man she affectionately called Ronnie.
At 94 years old, Nancy Reagan left the spotlight, but much of her life was lived in the public eye. Her last film, at Columbia in 1956, was Hellcats of the Navy, the only film in which she and her husband appeared together. She was also famous for consulting an astrologer to create her husband’s schedule, a practice the White House acknowledged was related to concerns she had about his safety.
“They had a codependent marriage that became a codependent presidency”, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said of their time in the White House, which commenced after he was elected in 1981. “George and I send our prayers and condolences to her family”. He later proposed to her at Chasen’s, and they often dined in the booth where she had said “yes”.
“She was totally dedicated to her husband, and I know that that sounds anti-feminist, but I don’t really mean it in that way”, Ron replied. Nancy was reared by an aunt until 1929, when her mother married Dr. Loyal Davis, a wealthy Chicago neurosurgeon who gave Nancy his name and a socialite’s home.