|Nancy in her trademark 'Reagan Red'.|
Rest In Peace Nancy.
GSL has always loved Nancy Reagan and defended her honor against her many detractors. As Estella will attest, ever since the mid-80s whenever she was scolding me into cleaning my perpetually messy lodgings, her remonstrances always included a reference to the previously stated ambition of one day getting my digs situated in such High Toned Elegance that I could have Nancy Reagan over for tea. I never did achieve High Toned Elegance or tea with Nancy Reagan.
|They were a good looking couple weren't they.|
My first defend Nancy tussle was over her not bowing or curtseying to Queen Elizabeth back in 1981. Then came the 'outrage' over her purchasing fancy new china for the White House State Dining Room...what wasn't often mentioned was that she used private donated funds and Jackie Kennedy did likewise to enhance the White House with antique American furnishings when she was First Lady with the expert guidance of Bunny Mellon. Years later the scurrilous and mostly anonymously sourced hit piece bio by Kitty Kelly was reviewed on the New York Times front page by Maureen Dowd who gleefully mentioned the preposterous gossip as if that piece of hackwork should be taken seriously and belongs on the NYT front page thereby accruing it NYT journalistic standards that many people still think are quite high.
deeply regretted writing them and described herself as a brat and how it took her a long time to grow up.
|Family pic, Daughter Patti Davis later wrote "tell alls' she deeply regretted soon after publication. Nancy never held a grudge and accepted her heartfelt apology.|
As President Reagan fell ill with that awful disease, she stayed by his side all the way to the end. She could have easily just had the nurse's there and carried on with a social life of her own since her Ronnie was so far gone anyway, but she stayed by his side...all the way to the end
Obama caught a little heat for skipping the Nancy funeral but shouldn't have. Michelle was there. What Obama really flubbed was not inviting Nancy Reagan to attend a major headline-making stem-cell research bill signing ceremony which Nancy had championed and effectively neutralized Republican opposition to. The big story then became why he snubbed her. Obama did graciously cite her tireless advocacy for stem-cell research after her death.
Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel, Tru, of course, stiffed Jerry so Jerry dined in Queens that night just so he could say he was "out of town".
Vanity Fair on the Ronald Reagan funeral. You could tell he adored Nancy.
**Truman Capote got his idea for the B & W ball from attending a B & W party Nick hosted several years prior in his Hollywood home when Nick was riding high and soon thereafter fell on hard times due to a few film misfires and alcoholism. Tru stiffed Nick out of a coveted invite too....not sure where Nick dined that night.
Nancy welcoming the throngs of children and parents to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll one year.