Her Life in Photos: First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies at 94

She was perhaps known best for her 'Just Say No' anti-drug campaign.

Nancy Reagan, wife of former President Ronald Reagan, passed away at age 94 in her Bel Air, California, home on Sunday. Representatives said the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Born Ann Francis Robbins on July 6, 1921 in New York City, Mrs. Reagan attended Smith College before pursuing an acting career — first on Broadway and later in Hollywood in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It was in Hollywood where she met her future husband, fellow actor Ronald Reagan. The couple married in 1952 and had two children together. They were married until Ronald's death in 2004.

As President Reagan's focus shifted from acting to politics, his wife was always his biggest supporter and advocate. She became the first lady of California after her husband was elected governor in 1966. Then she became first lady of the United States in 1981, working by his side at the White House as a hostess and proponent of her own causes. During her time as first lady, Nancy famously spearheaded a "Just Say No" campaign against drug abuse among other social causes. In later years, she advocated in favor of stem cell research and support for American veterans.

"Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004," Reagan spokesperson Joanne Drake said in a statement to NBC News. She is survived by two children, Ron Reagan and Patti Davis.

Via: Esquire

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A portrait from 1950.

Reagan, who was billed in movies as Nancy Davis, starred in 11 feature films.

The Reagans at home with their son, Ronald.

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Swimming with her daughter, Patricia, in the 1960s.

With Ronald at an event in the 1960s.

Both President Reagan and Nancy both started their careers in Hollywood, meeting in 1959 when Ronald was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Mrs. Reagan famously said "The movies were custard compared to politics."

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Holding hands with Barbara Bush at the 1981 inauguration.

The first lady was always lauded for her tasteful style.

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With Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the 1980s.

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited the White House in 1985.

On the set of Diff'rent Strokes.

She appeared on the show to promote her anti-drug campaign.

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With President Reagan at an event in the '90s.

A devoted wife, Nancy supported Ronald through career changes, political races and eventually his illness. "My life really began when I married my husband," she said.

One of her last public appearances in 2012.

Nancy Reagan attended the Grand Opening of D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives on July 5, 2012 in Simi Valley, California.

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