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Maureen Reagan
Born Maureen Elizabeth Reagan
January 4, 1941(1941-01-04)
Los Angeles, California
Died August 8, 2001 (aged 60)
Granite Bay, California
Spouse(s) John Filippone (m. 1960–1962) «start: (1960)–end+1: (1963)»"Marriage: John Filippone to Maureen Reagan" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Reagan)
David Sills (m. 1964–1968) «start: (1964)–end+1: (1969)»"Marriage: David Sills to Maureen Reagan" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Reagan)
Dennis C. Revell (m. 1981–2001) «start: (1981)–end+1: (2002)»"Marriage: Dennis C. Revell to Maureen Reagan" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Reagan)
Children Rita Mirembe (adopted)
Parents Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Jane Wyman (1917-2007)

Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (January 4, 1941–August 8, 2001) was the first-born daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman. Her younger sister, Christine, was born prematurely and died the day after her birth in 1947.[1] Maureen's brother and the couple's only son, Michael Edward Reagan, is an American radio host and Republican strategist. He was born and adopted by the family in 1945.

As a young woman, Reagan acted in films, including Kissin' Cousins (1964) with Elvis Presley.[2] She married and divorced John Filippone and David G. Sills, before marrying her third husband, Dennis Revell, in 1981.[citation needed]

During her lifetime she was involved with the Republican Party and worked as a political activist, radio talk show host, commentator and health care advocate. | > Her most active political years were in the 1980s, during her father's presidency, when she was a member of the California World Trade Commission, chairwoman of the United States delegation to the United Nations' Decade for Women Conference in Kenya, in 1985; co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and chairwoman of the Republican Women's Political Action League.

She was the first daughter of a president to run for political office,[3] but both of her attempts at election to a public office ended in defeat. She ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate from California in 1982, and in 1992 for California's 36th congressional district.[4]

Although they maintained a united front, Maureen Reagan differed from her father on several key issues. Although reared Roman Catholic (following her mother's conversion) she was pro-choice on abortion.[5] She also believed that Oliver North should have been court-martialed.[6]

After her father announced his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 1994, she became a member of the Alzheimer's Association board of directors and served as the group’s spokeswoman. During her hospitalization for melanoma cancer, Maureen was only floors away from her father, who had suffered a severe fall.[7]

She served on the Board of Trustees of her father's alma mater, Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois from March 2000 until her death. On May 9, 2000, she was the speaker at the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden on campus. The Reagan Peace Garden recognized her father's contribution to the end of the Cold War. It had been raining all day during several other speeches, but when she stepped to the lectern the sun broke through. She opened her remarks to the crowd of more than 1,000 by saying, "the sun always shines on Ronald Reagan."

She died in Sacramento, California, in 2001, aged 60, from melanoma, and was survived by her parents, stepmother, husband Dennis, and their adopted Ugandan-American daughter, Rita Mirembe Revell.

Reagan volunteered with actor David Hyde Pierce, of TV's Frasier, at the Alzheimer’s Association. At Maureen's funeral on August 19, 2001, Pierce spoke to the gathering at Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California and recalled his friend's tireless devotion to fighting the mind-robbing illness. "When she was given lemons, she did not make lemonade. She took the lemons, threw them back and said, 'Oh, no you don't.'"[8]

References

  1. ^ "Biography". Oliver Del Signore. http://www.jane-wyman.com/biography.html. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Maureen Reagan". The Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0713975/. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ Wead 2003, p. 155.
  4. ^ Foerstel, Karen; Herbert N. Foerstel (1996). "The Decade of the Woman: An Uncertain Promise". Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0275949141, 9780275949143. 
  5. ^ Foerstel 1996, p. 77.
  6. ^ Reagan, Maureen (2001). "Iran-Contra". First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir. Little, Brown and Company. p. 374. ISBN 0316736368, 9780316736367. 
  7. ^ "Family Misfortune". People (magazine). 2001-01-29. Vol. 55 No. 4. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20133520,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-23. "A Fall Lands Ronald Reagan in the Same Hospital as His Cancer-Stricken Daughter" 
  8. ^ "Reagan's Daughter Mourned". nydailynews.com. 2001-08-19. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2001/08/19/2001-08-19_reagan_s_daughter_mourned.html. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 

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