The documentary explores the life of a first lady whose power and influence were often underestimated. Friends, family, historians, members of Ronald Reagans political inner circle and the former first lady herself tell the story of Nancy Reagan, from childhood to Hollywood, from Sacramento to Washington, and back to California, where she is still an advocate for issues that are important to her.
Nancy Reagan recalls welcoming Vietnam veterans into her home, retreating to the bath when things got tough, and finding out that her husband had won the Presidency.
Nancy Reagan tells Judy Woodruff about meeting actor Clark Cable in New York and getting to know her future husband in Hollywood.
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Loving spouse, close confidant and savvy political observer, Nancy Reagan was a powerful force behind Ronald Reagan’s political success. 9/12/11
Nancy Reagan tells Judy Woodruff about being adopted by her stepfather, growing up with celebrities, and her unusual job experiences as a teenager.
Nancy Reagan’s son Ron explains how the first lady was influential with the President on the issue of AIDS.