(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Nancy Reagan, wife of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
Personal: Birth date: July 6, 1921
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Anne Frances Robbins
Father: Kenneth Robbins, car salesman and insurance agent
Mother: Edith (Luckett) Davis, actress
Marriage: Ronald Reagan (March 4, 1952 - June 5, 2004, his death)
Children: Ronald Prescott, May 1958; Patricia Ann, October 1952
Education: Smith College, B.A. 1943
Other Facts: Nancy was her childhood nickname and Davis was the last name of her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, a neurosurgeon, who legally adopted her at age 16.
Strong supporter of the Foster Grandparents program, a service that pairs senior citizens with needy children.
As first lady of the United States, Reagan campaigned against drug and alcohol abuse among youth, acting as a spokeswoman for the "Just Say No" campaign.
Timeline: 1940s - Appears in stage productions.
March 2, 1949 - Signs a seven-year contract with MGM Studios.
1949-1957 - Appears in eleven films.
1949 - Meets Ronald Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors Guild.
1957 - Appears in her last film, "Hellcats of the Navy," opposite her husband.
January 3, 1967 - Becomes the first lady of California when husband Ronald Reagan is sworn in as Governor.
January 20, 1981 - Becomes the first lady of the United States when Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th president.
October 1987 - Undergoes a mastectomy after a biopsy reveals a malignancy.
1994 - Ronald Reagan announces that he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
October 1995 - The Reagans establish the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute to support Alzheimer's research.
2002 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
May 8, 2004 - Attends a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event and gives a speech advocating for embryonic stem cell research.
June 3, 2009 - Unveils a statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda.