"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nancy Reagan

This 1984-5 portrait of Nancy Reagan by Aaron Shikler hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"A graduate of Smith College, Nancy Davis appeared in eleven movies, including Night into Morning (1951) and Hellcats of the Navy (1957), the only film she made with Ronald Reagan. Ronald and Nancy met in 1949 and married in 1952. The Reagans had two children, Patricia and Ronald, and two other children, Maureen and Michael, from Ronald's first marriage. Nancy always defended 'Ronnie' publicly, but privately she was a penetrating critic. Ronald's diary entries testify to his utter devotion to her. They were an effective team, and Nancy, astute in judging people, was an active participant in the selection of his aides. like her predecessors, the first lady chose a worthy cause to endorse and in 1982 launched her 'Just Say No' campaign to fight youth drug abuse. In retirement, Nancy Reagan was an inestimable comfort and support for her husband during his battle with Alzheimer's disease." -- National Portrait Gallery

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