Ronald Reagan

A Leading Man: 1946–1962

Reagan's life during this time wasn't all fraught with trouble, however. On March 4, 1952, Reagan married actress Nancy Davis. The two had met after Nancy Davis's name appeared on a list of suspected Communists in Hollywood. After Reagan had done a little research–and learned that the Nancy Davis on the list was a different Nancy Davis–he met with her for dinner to explain the situation. They continued to see each other off and on for the next several months until Reagan finally half-jokingly suggested one day that they should get married. She agreed, and the two were married a couple months later. Their daughter Patricia was born later that year, and the family purchased 300 acres of land in the Santa Monica hills.