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By Bob Colacello

Ronnie and Nancy: he used to be born in modest conditions in rural Illinois; she grew up in an enclave of Chicago in an environment of privilege and excessive expectation. He may examine early at the price of befriending the monied and powerful...she may turn into the puppy undertaking of her ex-actress mom, thrust many times into Hollywood circles and taught again and again the worth of connections. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis could not were extra in contrast to of their origins - or extra alike of their know-how of the worth that may be extracted from relationships. Over the process many years they increased the social to an paintings shape. Who higher to chronicle that trip from obscurity to Hollywood's such a lot said couple to final political online game avid gamers than self-importance reasonable author and ex-Interview Magazine's editor-in-chief Bob Colacello. In studying this publication, which has been six years within the writing, Colacello has spent millions of hours interviewing Nancy Regan in addition to countless numbers of Reagan intimates. it is a enormous paintings.

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No wonder she sounded so hurt and bewildered. I agreed that the press had been unduly hard on her. Yet it crossed my mind that Nancy Reagan, like my grandmothers and mother, seemed to have a talent for playing the martyr. In September, I was invited to a state dinner for President and Mrs. Marcos of the Philippines. Much to Andy’s dismay, he wasn’t. So I called Zipkin, who called Muffie Brandon, the White House social secretary, who prevailed upon the First Lady to have him. A month later Mrs. Reagan was in New York for a party at the Lincoln Center library to promote her book about the Foster Grandparents Program, To Love a Child.

She always had an ostensible excuse, such as asking what I thought Ron or Doria might like for their birthday, but invariably she would end up urging me to persuade her son and daughter-in-law not to give up their Secret Service protection. Both the Libyans and the Puerto Rican Liberation Front were threatening to kidnap Ron, she said. Then I got the idea of putting her on the cover of Interview. I called Zipkin, who called Michael Deaver, the White House aide closest to Mrs. Reagan, who liked the idea because he thought associating her with Andy Warhol would help lighten her imperious image.

Doria later told me that her mother-in-law had said she didn’t understand how I could work for Andy. Whenever the interview got on track, she said, he seemed to undermine me. When the December 1981 issue hit the stands, the entire New York art world seemed to rise up in horror and outrage. How could I put that googoo-eyed harridan, that overdressed housewife, on the cover of Andy Warhol’s magazine? The Village Voice even ran a parody by Alexander Cockburn in which Andy and I went to Hitler’s bunker in Berlin and asked him the same softball questions we had asked the First Lady.

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