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Nancy Reagan - Early life, Actress, Marriage and family, First Lady of California, First Lady of the United States

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US first lady (1981–9), born in New York City, New York, USA. She studied drama at Smith College and became an actress in Hollywood where she met Ronald Reagan; they married in 1952. Fiercely protective of her husband, she was criticized by some for her interference in White House decision-making, but others pointed out that she provided a realistic counterweight to her husband's more casual and conservative approach.

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