Los Angeles, California (March 6, 2016) – SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of former Screen Actors Guild Board member and first lady of the United States Nancy Davis Reagan.
Nancy Davis first joined SAG in 1947, and was a member for almost seven decades. She was appointed a Screen Actors Guild board replacement on Aug. 14, 1950, and served the union for nearly 10 years.
She attended her first board meeting on Oct. 9, 1950, and the minutes prophetically declare, “President Reagan welcomed Nancy Davis to her first board meeting.”
Davis was elected by the Guild membership to her first of three three-year board terms in November 1951, four months before her marriage to Ronald Reagan. She gave birth to their first child, Patti, the following year. The Reagans served together until his resignation as Guild president in June 1960, and Nancy Reagan turned in her own resignation the following month.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, “Nancy Reagan led a remarkable life, from actor to the California governor’s mansion to the White House. She fully committed herself to whatever role she took on in life and overcame adversity with an exceptional strength of spirit. The union — and the nation — has suffered a great loss today.”
Reagan is survived by children Patti Davis and Ron Reagan, and stepson Michael Reagan.