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Nancy Reagan

Artist
Aaron Shikler, 18 Mar 1922 - 12 Nov 2015
Sitter
Nancy Davis Reagan, 6 Jul 1921 - 6 Mar 2016
Date
1984-1985
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on paper
Dimensions
Image: 65.7 × 50.7 cm (25 7/8 × 19 15/16")
Mat: 81.3 × 61 cm (32 × 24")
Frame: 85.7 × 65.1 × 2.2 cm (33 3/4 × 25 5/8 × 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number
NPG.88.TC160
Exhibition Label
Born Queens, New York
A graduate of Smith College, Nancy Davis appeared in eleven movies, including Night into Morning (1951) and Hellcats of the Navy (1957), the only film she made with Ronald Reagan. Ronald and Nancy met in 1949 and married in 1952. The Reagans had two children, Patricia and Ronald, and two other children, Maureen and Michael, from Ronald’s first marriage. Nancy always defended “Ronnie” publicly, but privately she was a penetrating critic. Ronald’s diary entries testify to his utter devotion to her. They were an effective team, and Nancy, astute in judging people, was an active participant in the selection of his aides. Like her predecessors, the first lady chose a cause to endorse and in 1982 launched her “Just Say No” campaign to fight youth drug abuse. In retirement, Nancy Reagan was an inestimable comfort and support for her husband during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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