The President’s Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis by Bernard F. Dick

By Bernard F. Dick

Ronald Reagan, a former actor and one in all America�s preferred presidents, married now not one yet Hollywood actresses. This booklet is 3 biographies in a single, learning attention-grabbing connections between Jane Wyman (1917�2007), Ronald Reagan (1911�2004), and Nancy Davis (b. 1921�2016).

Jane Wyman, who married Reagan in 1940 and divorced him seven years later, knew an formative years of privation. She gravitated to the films and made her debut at fifteen as an unbilled member of the refrain, then toiled as an additional for 4 years until eventually she eventually got billing. She proved herself as a dramatic actress in The misplaced Weekend, and the subsequent yr, she used to be nominated for an Oscar for The Yearling and shortly received for her functionality in Johnny Belinda, within which she didn't communicate a unmarried line. different Oscar nominations undefined, in addition to a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Angela Channing in Falcon Crest.

Conversely, Nancy Davis led a comparatively charmed existence, the daughter of an actress and the stepdaughter of a neurosurgeon. Surrounded through her mother�s friends�Walter Huston, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lillian Gish, and Alla Nazimova, her godmother�Davis all started within the theater, then moved directly to Hollywood, the place she loved modest good fortune, and at last all started operating in tv. while she married Reagan in 1952, she unwittingly married into politics, ultimately leaving performing to be aware of being the spouse of the governor of California, after which the spouse of the president of the U.S.. In her method, Davis performed her maximum function as Reagan�s good friend, confidante, and adviser in lifestyles and in politics.

This booklet considers 3 actors who left an indelible mark on either renowned and political tradition for greater than fifty years.

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