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Author Dick, Bernard F., author

Title The president's ladies : Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis / Bernard F. Dick
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (viii, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Contents Cover; Contents; Introduction; 1. The Abandoned Child; 2. The Name below the Title; 3. Jane and Ronnie; 4. Slouching toward Stardom; 5. Reaganless for the Duration-and Beyond; 6. Angel in the Wings; 7. Highs and Lows; 8. Going for the Gold; 9. Frontier Gal; 10. Strange Interlude; 11. And the Winner Is; 12. The Non-Marrying Kind; 13. These Three; 14. The Rest-and Best-of Reagan; 15. Stars in Her Eyes; 16. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Starlet; 17. Nancy at Tiffany's; 18. The Empress of Ice Cream; 19. Post-Oscar Blues; 20. The Last Picture Shows; 21.A Cathedral and a Conversion; 22. Zinging with Bing
23. Glass Animals and Blue Veils, Cabbages and Couture. . 16224. Addio del passato; 25.I Do, I Don't, I Do, I Don't; 26. The Actress and the Octopus; 27. The Actress and the Auteur; 28. The Beginning of the End; 29. Worlds Elsewhere; 30. From the Hearth to the Vineyards; 31. Unholy Families; Epilogue; Notes; Appendix; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary "Ronald Reagan, a former actor and one of America's most popular presidents, married not one but two Hollywood actresses. This book is three biographies in one, discovering fascinating connections among Jane Wyman (1917-2007), Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), and Nancy Davis (b. 1921). Jane Wyman, who married Reagan in 1940 and divorced him seven years later, knew an early life of privation. She gravitated to the movies and made her debut at fifteen as an unbilled member of the chorus, then toiled as an extra for four years until she finally received billing. She proved herself as a dramatic actress in The Lost Weekend, and the following year, she was nominated for an Oscar for The Yearling and soon won for her performance in Johnny Belinda, in which she did not speak a single line. Other Oscar nominations followed, along with a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Angela Channing in Falcon Crest. Conversely, Nancy Davis led a relatively charmed life, the daughter of an actress and the stepdaughter of a neurosurgeon. Surrounded by her mother's friends--Walter Huston, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lillian Gish, and Alla Nazimova, her godmother--Davis started in the theater, then moved on to Hollywood, where she enjoyed modest success, and finally began working in television. When she married Reagan in 1952, she unwittingly married into politics, eventually leaving acting to concentrate on being the wife of the governor of California, and then the wife of the president of the United States. In her way, Davis played her greatest role as Reagan's friend, confidante, and adviser in life and in politics. This book considers three actors who left an indelible mark on both popular and political culture for more than fifty years"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 24, 2014)
Subject Wyman, Jane, 1917-2007.
Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016
Reagan, Ronald
SUBJECT Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016 fast
Reagan, Ronald fast
Wyman, Jane, 1917-2007 fast
Subject Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography
Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- History & Criticism.
Motion picture actors and actresses
Presidents' spouses
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013043851
ISBN 9781626740204