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Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis
First Lady

  • Born 6 June 1921 - New York, NY
  • Deceased 6 March 2016 - Los Angeles, CA,aged 94 years old
  • Actress
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Linked to: Timothy Michael Dowling, 9th cousin 3x removed
Name Alias: Ann Frances Robbins
Her given and family name was Anne Frances Robbins. Her mother nicknamed her Nancy. Nancy's mother was an actress, and her father was a salesman. Her father left the family shortly after Nancy's birth, and the parents divorced in 1928. In 1929, Nancy's mother married Loyal Davis, a Chicago surgeon. Nancy was legally adopted by Davis when she was 14 years old, and her last name was changed from Robbins to Davis.
Nancy Davis graduated from Smith College in 1943, where she majored in drama. She became an actress, first appearing professionally on stage in Ramshackle Inn in the mid-1940's. She appeared in 11 motion pictures from 1949 to 1958. Her major films include East Side, West Side (1949), Night into Morning (1951), Donovan's Brain (1953), and Hellcats of the Navy (1957), which starred Ronald Reagan, who was then an actor.
First Lady of the United States - January 1981 to January 1989.
"My life really began when I married my husband," says Nancy Reagan, who in the 1950's happily gave up an acting career for a permanent role as the wife of Ronald Reagan and mother to their children. Her story actually begins in New York City, her birthplace. She was born on July 6, 1921. When the future First Lady was six, her mother, Edith--a stage actress--married Dr. Loyal Davis, a neurosurgeon. Dr. Davis adopted Nancy, and she grew up in Chicago. It was a happy time: summer camp, tennis, swimming, dancing. She received her formal education at Girls' Latin School and at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in theater.
Soon after graduation she became a professional actress. She toured with a road company, then landed a role on Broadway in the hit musical Lute Song. More parts followed. One performance drew an offer from Hollywood. Billed as Nancy Davis, she performed in 11 films from 1949 to 1956. Her first screen role was in Shadow on the Wall. Other releases included The Next Voice Your Hear and East Side, West Side. In her last movie, Hellcats of the Navy, she played opposite her husband.

She had met Ronald Reagan in 1951, when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. The following year they were married in a simple ceremony in Los Angeles in the Little Brown Church in the Valley. Mrs. Reagan soon retired from making movies so she "could be the wife I wanted to be...A woman's real happiness and real fulfillment come from within the home with her husband and children," she says. President and Mrs. Reagan have a daughter, Patricia Ann, and a son, Ronald Prescott.
While her husband was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, she worked with numerous charitable groups. She spent many hours visiting veterans, the elderly, and the emotionally and physically handicapped. These people continued to interest her as First Lady. She gave her support to the Foster Grandparent Program, the subject of her 1982 book, To Love A Child. Increasingly, she has concentrated on the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among young people. She visited prevention and rehabilitation centers, and in 1985 she held a conference at the White House for First Ladies of 17 countries to focus international attention on this problem.
Mrs. Reagan shared her lifelong interest in the arts with the nation by using the Executive Mansion as a showcase for talented young performers in the PBS television series "In Performance at the White House." In her first year in the mansion she directed a major renovation of the second- and third-floor quarters.
Now living in retirement with her husband in California, she continues to work on her campaign to teach children to "just say no" to drugs, though her husband and her home remain her first priority. In her book My Turn, published in 1989, she gives her own account of her life in the White House. Through the joys and sorrows of those days, including the assassination attempt on her husband, Nancy Reagan held fast to her belief in love, honesty, and selflessness. "The ideals have endured because they are right and are no less right today than yesterday."

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                                                                             _____|16_John Newton Robbins 1803
                                                   _____|8_Edward Newton Robbins 1835-1896
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Elizabeth Mercy Seymour 1808-1870
                         _____|4_John Newell Robbins 1859-1917
                        /                        \                          _____|18_James Newell Barnes 1804-1880
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Emma Barnes 1836-1863
                      /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|19_Charity Ives 1811-1868
|2_Kenneth Seymour Robbins 1894-1972
|                    \                                                     _____|20_Manning Francis 1804-1890
|                     \                           _____|10_Frederick Augustus Francis 1834-1888
|                      \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|21_Elizabeth Robbins Root 1809-
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Anne Ayers Francis 1868-1900/
|                                                \                          _____|22_Joel Stevens 1818-1871
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Jessie Ann Stevens 1842-1888
|                                                                           ¯¯¯¯¯|23_Jessie Ayres 1820
|--1_Nancy Davis, First Lady 1921-2016
|                                                  _____|12_Thomas Luckett 1819-1860
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|                       _____|6_Charles Edward Luckett 1845-1923
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|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Sarah Ann Taylor 1827-1899
|3_Edith Prescott Luckett 1896-1997
                       \                           _____|14_Edward Whitlock 1820-1854
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                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Sarah Frances Whitlock 1854-1917
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Martha x 1826-1879