Ronald Reagan was born February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, and was an actor who became the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989). In his mid-20s, Ronald moved to Los Angeles to start a career in acting; he quickly achieved fame via starring in films such as Knute Rockne All American and Kings Row. From 1954 to 1962, he played many roles in the TV series G.E. True Theater. During that time, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild (1947-1952, 1959-1960). He subsequently became a spokesman for General Electric, which started his career in politics. Ronald switched to the Republican Party in 1962 and was persuaded to run for California governor in 1968. He ran in 1968 and 1976 but did not win until 1980, upon which he became the 33rd Governor of California. Later, as President of the United States, Ronald instituted a new economic policy, “Reaganomics,” wherein he advocated controlling money to reduce inflation and implementing economic growth by reducing tax rates. Ronald was married twice, first to film star Jane Wyman. The two had three children, though one passed away the day after she was born. The couple divorced in 1949, and Ronald met Nancy David that same year. The two married in 1952 and were later considered to be one of the most affectionate White House couples to date. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1981, Reagan was reelected for a second term as President. His most noted actions were ending the Cold War, bombing Libya and discussing the Iran-Contra affair. In 1994, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he died ten years later at the age of 93.
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