Three Nancy Reagan Roles You Might Have Forgotten About
The actress turned first lady died Sunday at age 94.
It's easy to forget that Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at age 94, was an actress before she became first lady.
She starred in a slew of unforgettable movies during the 1950s, but even after she became first lady she continued appearing on TV to promote the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign.
Here are three roles — from the worlds of film, TV and music — that you might have forgotten about.
Film: Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Hellcats of the Navy was among Nancy Reagan's best-known film roles. Then Nancy Davis, she starred opposite her future husband in this movie. Watch the trailer below.
TELEVISION: Diff'rent Strokes (1983)
In the episode titled "The Reporter," fledgling journalist Arnold (the late Gary Coleman) goes undercover and discovers a student selling drugs at school. But he refuses to name the story's source, attracting the attention of the first lady, who comes and speaks to Arnold's class, learning that a surprising number of his classmates have experimented with drugs. She proves her affection for the kids by allowing them to come shake her hand. She was nominated for TV Land Awards for the performance in both 2003 and 2007, losing both times.
MUSIC: "Stop the Madness"
Nancy also popped up a couple of times lip-synching as part of the famous/infamous "Stop the Madness" video, a Reagan administration-endorsed anti-drug screed featuring, among others, Herb Alpert, a very wired monkey, Whitney Houston, David Hasselhoff and The Hollywood Reporter contributor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.