Nancy Reagan Through the Years

Nancy Davis was an actress in Hollywood when she first met a young actor named Ronald Reagan. Over the next five decades, she remained at his side - and an influential voice in his ear - as he entered politics, served as governor of California and then two terms as president of the United States. Nancy Reagan died Sunday at age 94. See photos of the former first lady through the years.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan share a moment in this undated file photo.
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President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy wave to the crowd from the presidential limousine as they ride down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Inaugural parade Jan. 20, 1981 in Washington, D.C.
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Future first lady Nancy Reagan, seen in this photo from 1967, when her husband was governor of California.
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Nancy Reagan, far left, is with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, his wife Hannelore, publishing tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his wife Anna at Murdoch's hilltop mansion, on Sept. 15, 1991.
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Nancy Reagan takes part in a program ceremony with "Just Say No" supporting kids in 1988.
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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dances with former first lady Nancy Reagan on Feb. 6, 2003.
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Nancy Reagan, far right, appears at the dedication of the George Bush Library in 1997 with then-first lady Hillary Clinton (C) and former first ladies (L-R) Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush and Betty Ford.
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Before becoming a power couple in Washington, D.C., Ronald and Nancy Reagan were a power couple in Hollywood. He was an actor, and she was an actress. This photo, from 1952, was taken the year they were married.
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Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip posed with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan on March 3, 1983 at their mountain top getaway, Rancho Del Cielo, just north of Santa Barbara.
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Former first lady Nancy Reagan attended the gala and dinner to celebrate the opening of Nancy Reagan "First Lady's Style" at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Nov. 8, 2007 in Simi Valley, California.
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Nancy Reagan met British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at Number 10, Downing Street, during a visit to London on July 22, 1986.
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Former first lady Nancy Reagan (L) wiped away a tear after the unveiling of a statue of former President Ronald Reagan in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol June 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Also pictured (L-R) were House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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First lady Nancy Reagan with Michael Jackson on May 4, 1984 at the White House.
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President Ronald Reagan lifts first lady Nancy Reagan down from the saddle of her horse after riding at Rancho Del Cielo, California, on Nov. 26, 1981.
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Nancy Reagan (second from left) joined other First Ladies (L-R) Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson to attend former President Ronald Reagan's Library dedication Nov. 4, 1991 in Simi Valley, California.
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Ronald and Nancy Reagan smile as they have their honeymoon dinner at the Stork Club, New York City, 1952.
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First lady Nancy Reagan (C) is greeted by candidates Mitt Romney (L) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry before the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.
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Circa 1955: Family portrait of Ronald Reagan wearing a polka-dot scarf and two-tone shoes with his wife Nancy, their daughter Patti Davis and their infant son Ron Jr.
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Nancy Davis, 1940s.
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Ronald and Nancy Reagan sit at a restaurant table, looking at a brochure at the premiere party for the film, 'Moby Dick,' directed by John Huston, 1956.
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President Ronald Reagan presents first lady Nancy Reagan with an early Christmas present of a King Charles spaniel named Rex, at their suite in a New York City hotel, Dec. 6, 1985.
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Circa 1993: With an assist from his wife Nancy, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan blows out the candles on his cake as he celebrates his 82nd birthday. At left is former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The event took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs.
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Circa 1985: Portrait of U. S. President Ronald Reagan, wearing a brown tie, standing behind first lady Nancy Reagan, wearing a pink ruffled blouse and gathered red skirt in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, D. C.
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Nancy Reagan, c. 1999.
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Nancy Reagan touches the casket of her husband, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, during his state funeral on Capitol Hill June 9, 2004 in Washington, DC.
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