Anne Frances Robbins, better known under her professional, married name Nancy Reagan, was born on the 6th July 1921, in Manhattan, New York City, USA, and passed away on the 6 March 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, who appeared in over 20 film and TV titles, but she is probably best known for being the First Lady of the United States (1981-1989), as the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Nancy Reagan was? According to sources, it was estimated that the overall size of Nancy’s net worth was $25 million, accumulated mostly through her career as an actress, but also through her involvement in politics as the First Lady.
Nancy Reagan Net Worth $25 Million
Nancy Reagan was the only child of Kenneth Seymour Robbins, who worked as a car salesman, and his wife, Edith Prescott Luckett, who was an actress; she was a granddaughter of film star Alla Nazimova. She lived with her parents in Queens, New York City until her parents divorced when she was only two years old, and stayed with her mother, spending her childhood in Bethesda, Maryland. Later, when her mother remarried to Loyal Edward Davis, she moved with them to Chicago, where Nancy attended the Girls’ Latin School of Chicago, after which she enrolled at Smith College in Massachusetts and majored there in English language and Drama in 1943. Right after graduation, she briefly work in a store, but under the influence of her mother began pursuing an acting career.
Nancy’s professional acting career began in the 1940s, with a little help from actors Walter Houston and ZaSu Pitts, who were her mother’s friends. Her first role was in Pitts’ “Ramshackle Inn” in 1949, and then her career went only upwards, and so did her net worth. Before the 1950s, she appeared in such productions as “The Doctor And The Girl” (1949), and “East Side,West Side”. During the 1950s, thanks to her good looks and popularity, Nancy featured in such films and TV series as “Shadow On The Wall” (1950), “Night Into Morning” (1951), “Talk About A Stranger” (1952), “Shadow In The Sky” (1952), “Donovan’s Brain” (1953).
Nancy married Ronald Reagan in 1952, and became a dedicated wife and homemaker, however, still managed to keep her acting career flowing, and in the second half of the 1950s appeared in films “Hellcats Of The Navy” (1957), and “Crash Landing” (1958). Before she retired from acting, Nancy appeared in the TV series “87th Precinct” (1962), “The Dick Powell Theatre” (1962), and “Wagon Train”.
As her husband became involved in politics, and became governor of California, Nancy followed him in a supporting role, and was the First Lady of California, and when he became the President of The USA; with much respect, Nancy assumed the position of the First Lady of the USA. During her political career, she was known for starting the “Just Say No” campaign against drug use, focused on teenagers and young people to stop using drugs.
If to talk about her personal life, Nancy Reagan was in marriage with Ronald Reagan and later looked after him as he was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, until his death in June of 2004; the couple had two children – Ron Reagan and Patti Davis – both involved in the entertainment industry as actors. In 2000, she published the book “I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters Of Ronald Reagan To Nancy Reagan”. She passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 94.
Prior to her education at Smith College, Nancy Davis attended the Chicago Latin School for Girls.
Widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, & First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Made a rare public appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to sign copies of her books. [February 2002]
Longtime friend of Mike Wallace having known him since before she met Ronald Reagan. Their friendship was strained after Wallace, as a journalist, conducted critical interviews of Reagan, as the President. But they reconciled after Reagan's death.
Became an outspoken advocate of federal funding of stem-cell research following her husband's diagnosis and death of Alzheimer's disease, bucking the Republican party's general position on the issue. President Barack Obama approved federal funding for stem cell research in 2009.
Was considered for the part of Karen Richards in All About Eve (1950), but Celeste Holm, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
Hospitalized on February 17, 2008 after falling in her home but her condition is well.
Quit smoking in 1967.
Avid reader of Women's Wear Daily.
Underwent a mastectomy when diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor claimed simple surgery could have removed the growth, and that the extreme procedure she chose was unnecessary.
In her book, "House of Secrets", daughter Patti Davis alleged that Nancy was addicted to diet pills.
Told her daughter Patti Davis that Patti refused to leave her mother's womb and actually held onto the rib cage. Although Patti pointed to an anatomy book to show that this was physically impossible, Nancy continued to insist that it was true.
Was formally adopted by renowned surgeon Loyal Davis.
During her time in the White House she consulted astrologer Joan Quigley, and arranged her husband's schedule accordingly.
Graduated from Smith College, class of 1942. One of her fellow graduates was author/pioneer feminist Betty Freidan.
Director/writer/actor Albert Brooks asked her to play the part of his mother Beatrice Henderson in Mother (1996). Nancy really wanted to come out of acting retirement to play the role, but declined because she couldn't bear to be away from husband and former president Ronald Reagan, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The role eventually went to Debbie Reynolds.
At age 7, was a guest at the White House Easter Egg roll and met then-First Lady Grace Coolidge.
In order to spare Ronald any further hardships beyond his battle with Alzheimer's disease, she chose not to inform him about the death of his daughter Maureen.
Was already three months pregnant at the time of her marriage to Ronald Reagan. Both Reagans were famously pro-family-values.
In early 2002, she gave a rare, indepth interview with ABC correspondent, Diane Sawyer, about her recent life with Ronald Reagan and his battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Celebrated her 50th Wedding Anniversary with Ronald Reagan on March 4, 2002.
Made a rare public appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on February 28, 2002. She greeted hundreds of fans who waited hours in line to meet her, and have their books signed.
Her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, was a prominent neurosurgeon, very active in conservative politics. Nancy says she has his hands.
[on former White House press secretary Jim Brady]. He had a certain twinkle in his eye and a way of letting you know that he knew what he was doing and everything would be all right. He had a zest for life that was infectious. He loved to hear or tell a good story, laughed easily, could see the silver lining in even the darkest cloud, and made the best chili in town!
Bob had an extraordinary career in both movies and television. Just when it seemed he was ready to retire, he always found a new project that kept him busy and filled with wonderful stories. - in response to the news about the death of friend/actor Robert Stack.
[about her husband] "What can you say about a man, who on Mother's Day sends flowers to his mother-in-law, with a note thanking her for making him the happiest man on Earth?"
On Reagan: "I knew that being his wife was the role I wanted to play."