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The United States is fortunate that it continues to experience the elegance, the class, the wisdom, and the wit of two of its aging former First Ladies. Nancy Reagan, aged 93 years 6 months recently became America's third longest lived First Lady. Her predecessor Betty Ford lived for 93 years...

[caption id="attachment_570" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy Reagan[/caption] On a recent trip to San Francisco, I read that 87-year-old Joan Quigley had died. The October 24, 2014 front page obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle appeared under the headline Socialite, astrologer advised Reagans. The information below is extracted from this article. Ms. Quigley was...

Nancy Reagan, Her Mother, Emerges as an Appealing and Sensitive Parent in The Long Goodbye.   [caption id="attachment_525" align="alignleft" width="256"] Patti Davis[/caption] The portrayal of Nancy Reagan in Davis' first three novels and in her autobiography was that of a suspicious, controlling, deceitful, and destructive woman. However her mother emerges quite differently in...

Nancy Reagan's Image Suffers in Her Daughter's Fiction. [caption id="attachment_525" align="alignleft" width="256"] Patti Davis[/caption] Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, Margaret Truman, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower wrote laudatory biographies that celebrated the lives of their mothers, First Ladies Eleanor Wilson, Bess Truman, and Pat Nixon. Patti Davis, the daughter of Nancy and Ronald Reagan, did...

[caption id="attachment_195" align="alignleft" width="192"] Julia Grant[/caption] Eleanor Roosevelt was a very prolific author, and recent presidential wives have put their biographies and reflection into print. Betty Ford wrote two autobiographies, interesting, dramatic and forceful. Rosalynn Carter and all her successors (Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush) have written...