Former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday morning in her Los Angeles home, according to her office.
After her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, Mrs. Reagan became an advocate for Alzheimer's research.
Born in New York City, Nancy Reagan came to fame in the 1940s and 1950s during her acting career in Hollywood. She and Ronald Reagan were married in 1952.
During Reagan's presidency from 1981 to 1989, the former first lady was well-known for her clout with her husband and for bringing a lavish lifestyle to the White House in a time of recession, making her one of the most influential and controversial first ladies in U.S. history.
During her White House years, Mrs. Reagan's most famous initiative was a major anti-drug campaign known as "Just say no."
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