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She found him ‘very personable, good-looking but depressed . When she returned to London, she said Reagan begged her to marry him, but she refused: ‘I felt sorry for him, but I didn’t love him.’American actress Piper Laurie was another conquest in those few years between his marriages.
The romance blossomed when they starred together in a film, Louisa — she was 18 and a virgin; he was 39 and playing her father.
After that, Reagan reportedly didn’t need much convincing when studio chiefs urged him to end their engagement, warning it would ruin his career.
Instead, in 1940, he married Jane Wyman, then an unknown actress.
Sometimes, Ronald Reagan would break off from running the Free World and pen his First Lady a touching note such as: ‘Whatever I treasure and enjoy . Today, if you read the heavily airbrushed official histories of one of America’s most popular Presidents, it’s hard to believe he was once a thrusting young Hollywood pin-up trying to make his way amid the debauchery of Tinseltown.
all would be without meaning if I didn’t have you.’Nancy Reagan was equally gooey — while her husband was in hospital, she wore one of his shirts so she could still smell him as she drifted off to sleep. No wonder conservative America’s ‘Moral Majority’ lionised him.
They separated in 1948, with Wyman blaming Ronnie’s growing obsession with his presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, his first taste of political power.