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Reagan, Nancy

  • By: Pinar Melis Yelsali Parmaksiz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Nancy Reagan, the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City as Anne Francis Robbins. Influenced by her mother, Edith Robbins, a stage actress, she double-majored in theater and English at Smith College and pursued a Hollywood career. She performed in 11 films from 1949 to 1956, including Shadow on the Wall; East Side, West Side; and Hellcats of the Navy with Ronald Reagan. They married in 1952 and had two children: in 1952, Patricia Anne (who uses the professional name Patti Davis), and in 1958, Ronald Jr., and Nancy was also stepmother to her husband's children from his first marriage with Jane Wyman: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan and Michael Edward Reagan.

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