FIRST LADY NANCY DAVIS REAGAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 178825
Sale Price $252.00
The First Lady celebrates President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 100th birthday at the White House with his son and daughter-in-law in this signed color photograph
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Patty/ Whatever it is - I'm listening! Nice to/ have you here- Best Wishes/ Nancy Reagan". Official White House photo. Color, 8x10 overall, image 7½x7½ (one surface). The First Lady is pictured listening to Mrs. Patty Roosevelt.Patty's husband Elliott (son of Franklin D. Roosevelt) is smiling. Official White House Photograph printed on verso with the date, January 28, 1982. Taken at the White House celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of FDR, January 30, 1882. Elliott Roosevelt married Patricia Whitehead, his fifth wife, in 1960. They were married until his death in 1990. Ironically, Elliott died on October 27th, the birthday of his mother's uncle, Theodore Roosevelt. Nancy Davis Reagan (1921-2016) was an actress and First Lady who married U.S. President and actor Ronald Reagan in 1952. When both were actors, she noticed that her name was on the Hollywood blacklist, associating her with the Communist Party. An affiliation with the Communist Party would mean the end of her career, so she consulted with film director Mervyn LeRoy. LeRoy connected her with Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan in 1949, who assured her that there were multiple actresses named Nancy Davis and that he would make sure her name was removed from the blacklist. As an actress, Nancy appeared in film and television roles including The Next Voice You Hear… (1950) and Hellcats of the Navy (1957).The latter film is the only film collaboration between Nancy and Ronald. The two also appeared in an episode of the Zane Grey Theatre (1956-1961) together in 1961. She became the First Lady of California (1967-1975) and the First Lady of the United States (1981-1989) as her husband became an elected official. In the White House, Nancy became an influential force. She renovated the White House and, following an assassination attempt in 1981, threw herself into protecting the President. Her influence on the decision-making process for the President was unprecedented. As First Lady, she also launched the "Just Say No" anti-drug program. Mrs. Reagan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Quarter-inch light stain at upper blank right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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