Reagan, Nancy


1984 TLS as First Lady thanking a man for a gift of Reagan campaign buttons


Autograph ID: 6556
Condition: Very good
Description: “(B. Anne Frances Robbins, 1921-2016) American film actress, 2nd wife of Ronald Reagan, US First Lady 1981-89. When her mother remarried in 1929, she moved to Chicago and took the name Davis from her stepfather. As Nancy Davis, she was a Hollywood actress in the 1940s & 1950s, starring in films such as “The Next Voice You Hear…”, and “Donovan’s Brain. In 1952, she married Ronald Reagan, then Screen Actors Guild president, and had 2 children together. They starred together in “Hellcats of the Navy” in 1957. As First Lady of California 1967-75, she worked with the Foster Grandparents Program. She restored a Kennedyesque glamour to the White House and championed recreational drug prevention causes, founding the “Just Say No” campaign, considered her major initiative as First Lady. She generally had a strong influence on her husband and played a role in a few of his personnel and diplomatic decisions. After the Reagans left the White House in 1989, they retired to their Bel Air, California home. Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her husband, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1994, until his death in 2004. She remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research until her death.

TLS on 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 white embossed blue-lettered “The White House” letterhead, Wshington DC, January 30 1984, to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Enten, Political Campaign Button Co., Bethesda, Md. Mrs. Reagan thanks the Entens for a kind note “and for all the wonderful campaign buttons”, noting: “Each one is just as innovative as the next.” It was a pleasure for her to visit Campaign Headquarters yesterday and meet the dedicated staffers, and also a pleasure to meet Enten in front of the Headquarters. She hopes that his sales go well “and that we’ll be seeing lots of people sporting your designs.” With stamped White House envelope.”
Type: Letter

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