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Patti Davis
Born Patricia Ann Reagan
October 21, 1952 (1952-10-21) (age 57)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Paul Grilley (1984–1990)

Patti Davis (born Patricia Ann Reagan on October 21, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is the daughter of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, who were married seven and a half months earlier, on March 4, 1952. She is the older sister of Ron Reagan, the half-sister of the late Maureen Reagan, and has an adopted half-brother Michael Reagan. Davis is a former actress and a bestselling author. She was called the black sheep of the Reagan children, and her many conflicts with her parents have been well publicized.


Conflict with family

The Reagan family in 1967, from left to right: Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Patti Reagan

Like her brother, she is known for holding liberal viewpoints, which clashed often with her famously conservative family. For example, she has a pro-choice viewpoint on abortion and supports gay rights,[1] while opposing nuclear weapons.[2]

Personal life

Davis attended Northwestern University in 1970 and 71. She was romantically involved with Bernie Leadon of the Eagles for a time in the 1970s. They co-wrote the song "I Wish You Peace", which appeared on the Eagles' One of These Nights album despite the objections of the rest of the Eagles, especially Don Henley.[3]

Davis made a number of supporting acting appearances in the late 1970s and early 1980s, guest-starring on shows such as The Love Boat, CHiPs, Nero Wolfe and Fantasy Island. She also was the first actress to play scheming Marissa Mallory on the syndicated soap opera, Rituals before actress Janice Heiden took over the role for the remainder of the run.

She married her yoga instructor Paul Grilley in 1984. They divorced in 1990. In 1994, she posed nude for the July issue of Playboy magazine.[4]

Davis later reconciled with her parents, especially as they coped with her father's Alzheimer's disease. She wrote books that portrayed her family in a more positive light, portraying her father as deeply religious. She was active in the Reagan family's actions against John Hinckley[5] and the controversial CBS mini-series The Reagans.[6]

Davis also published columns and articles in a number of newspapers and magazines, and wrote the screenplay for the Hallmark Channel movie Sacrifices of The Heart.[7]


  • Home Front. Crown, 1986. ISBN 0517559528. (quasi-novel)
  • Deadfall. Crown, 1989. ISBN 0517574055. (novel)
  • A House of Secrets. Carol, 1991. ISBN 1559720824. (quasi-novel)
  • The Way I See It: An Autobiography. Putnam, 1992. ISBN 0-399-13748-3.
  • Bondage. Simon & Schuster, 1994. ISBN 0-671-86953-1. (novel)
  • Angels Don't Die: My Father's Gift of Faith. Harper Collins, 1995. ISBN 0-06-017324-6.
  • The Long Goodbye. Knopf, 2004. ISBN 0-679-45092-0.
  • Two Cats and the Woman They Own. Chronicle Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8118-5166-4.


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