“Nancy Reagan, the influential and stylish wife of the 40th president of the United States who unabashedly put Ronald Reagan at the center of her life but who became a political figure in her own right, died on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles,” reports the New York Times, adding, “She was 94.”
Cause of death was congestive heart failure, the paper says.
Nancy Reagan first met Ronald Reagan when both were actors in Hollywood. Known as Nancy Davis at the time, the Times notes that “when her film career was over, she continued to work sporadically in television, in episodes of ‘Zane Grey Theater,’ ‘The Dick Powell Show’ and, as late as 1962, ‘Wagon Train.’”
But her most famous role was as first lady. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, praised Reagan, saying she “transformed the role of first lady during her 1981-1989 White House tenure,” reports Newsmax.
Here’s a terrific mini-bio of Nancy Reagan that the Reagan Foundation posted on YouTube: