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Sunday, February 6 at 10 p.m. – Nancy Regan: The Role of a Lifetime

(Rochester, NY) Former first lady Nancy Reagan reflects on her childhood, her life as an actress, her marriage to Ronald Reagan, and her role as his most trusted adviser in Nancy Regan: The Role of a Lifetime, airing Sunday, February 6 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Judy Woodruff conducts this intimate interview.

Criticized for taking a seemingly traditional role as first lady during an era focused on women’s rights, those within Ronald Reagan’s inner circle recognized Nancy Reagan as much more than the supportive and stylish spouse who redecorated the White House. Historians have now concluded that Nancy Reagan was one of the most influential first ladies in modern times. She had far-reaching impact on personnel and policy issues. She is credited with moving President Reagan to a more moderate position toward the Soviet Union and getting her husband to publicly admit his involvement in Iran-Contra, a move that likely saved his presidency. She was, and continues to be, a formidable and influential political adviser, skills she uses as she guards her husband’s legacy and champions stem cell research.

Credit: Courtesy of Geri Bauer
Caption: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan dating at an unknown restaurant, 1949.


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