look-alike makeups: Nancy Reagan

Killing Reagan
The Butler
The Day Reagan Was Shot
other portrayals

Look-alike makeups: Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan (1921–2016) was the widow of Ronald Reagan and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

As Nancy Davis, she appeared in eleven feature films, usually playing decent, godly, morally incorruptible characters too unremarkable to be remembered. She met Ronald Reagan in 1951 when she discovered that another Nancy Davis was on the Hollywood blacklist; she contacted Ronald Reagan, who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild, seeking help in getting her name off the blacklist. She was three-months pregnant when they married in March 1952.

She was First Lady of California from 1967 to 1975, during her husband’s two terms as governor. In the White House she spent $200,000 on new china and was guided by a personal astrologer.

After leaving the White House Nancy Reagan devoted most of her time to caring for her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, until his death at the age of 93 in 2004. She remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research, until her death in 2016.