Nancy Reagan (1921-2016) was born Anne Frances Robbins in Queens, NYC. She was sent to live with relatives in Maryland after her parents separated. Nancy returned to live with her mother 7 years later after her mother remarried. Nancy was legally adopted by her stepfather in 1935. She began her working life as an actor, not retiring until 1962. Nancy then joined her husband, Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail when he announced his candidacy for Governor of California in 1966, and later for Presidency. She was First Lady during Ronald Reagan's presidency from 1981 to 1989.
Nancy Reagan published her first book in 1982. To Love a Child was her book about the Foster Grandparents program which she began sponsoring when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California. She also wrote her memoirs and an autobiography, and I Love You, Ronnie (2002), a reflection of her long marriage to Ronald.