White House Wednesdays
President Reagan and Nancy Reagan talking with Bob Hope during the State Dinner for Prime Minister Thatcher at the White House. 2/26/1981

First Lady Nancy Reagan was one of the greatest White House hostesses.

President Reagan Nancy Reagan Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko listen to Yo-Yo Ma perform in the Yellow Oval Room during a private dinner for Crown Prince Akihito of Japan. 10/6/1987

“Every first lady makes her own choices, and mine was to become very involved in planning White House events, right down to the details: the menu, table settings, flowers, and entertainment,” she wrote in her memoir, My Turn. She was dedicated to helping her husband succeed in domestic and foreign policy and did so by way of entertaining.

Nancy Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev toasting at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. 12/9/1987

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