Remembering Nancy Reagan’s L.A.

A map of the former first lady’s favorite places in her adopted hometown
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Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away of congestive heart failure at her Los Angeles home on Sunday at the  age of 94. The New York City native had a long history in California, having first moved here when she was 28 to pursue a career as an actress. It was during her seven-year contract with MGM that she met and married fellow actor Ronald Reagan, who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. She would later serve as the first lady of California when her husband was governor from 1967 to 1975, and after his two terms as president, the couple retired to Bel Air. Below are a few snapshots from a California life that spanned the worlds of filmdom, politics, and L.A. culture.


1. Fox Westwood Village Theater

Nancy and Ronald Reagan (center) with Paul Henreid and theater co-manager Charles Skouras, and unidentified actors
Nancy and Ronald Reagan with Paul Henreid and theater co-manager Charles Skouras, and unidentified actors circa 1951

Photo courtesy of the Ralph Morris Collection/LAPL


2. Century Plaza Hotel

Nancy Reagan delivers one of her famous "Just Say No" speeches at the L.A. World Affairs Council luncheon
Nancy Reagan delivers one of her famous “Just Say No” speeches at the L.A. World Affairs Council luncheon in 1986

Photo by Chris Gulker, courtesy of the Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL


3. Chasen’s (now Bristol Farms)

Shimon Erem with Ronald and Nancy Reagan at Chasen's. a Beverly Hills restaurant famous for its chili
Shimon Erem with Ronald and Nancy Reagan at Chasen’s, a Beverly Hills restaurant famous for its chili, in 1992. The historic building was converted into a Bristol Farms market in 2002.

Photo courtesy of the LAPL


4. Ciro’s (now the Comedy Store)

 Jeanne and Dean Martin celebrating the upcoming nuptials of Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan at Ciro's in February 1952
Jeanne and Dean Martin celebrating the upcoming nuptials of Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan at Ciro’s in February 1952

Photo courtesy of the Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL


5. Egyptian Theatre

Ronald and Nancy Reagan with Walter Pidgeon in the lobby of the Egyptian Theater
Ronald and Nancy Reagan with Walter Pidgeon in the lobby of the Egyptian Theater in 1954

Photo courtesy of the Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL


6. The Hollywood Palladium

Then-Govenor Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy talking with astronauts Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford, and John Young at the Hollywood Palladium
Then-Govenor Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy talking with astronauts Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford, and John Young at the Hollywood Palladium in 1969

Photo courtesy of the Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL


7. The Music Center

Nancy Reagan kicking off festivities for the Joffrey Ballet in 1987
Nancy Reagan kicking off festivities for the Joffrey Ballet at the Music Center in 1987

Photo courtesy of the Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL

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