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Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy has turned 90. She observed the occasion quietly at home with family.

An iron-willed woman, she has been credited with pushing Reagan to seek the presidency. Outspoken, she was one of the first modern conservative women to reap the constant ridicule of the news media — which aimed unending, weathering criticism at her purchases of new White House china, reports that she had consulted an astrologer, as well as her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign aimed at children and her unwavering support of her husband, who she called “Ronnie.”

As she rushed to his side after his 1981 attempted assassination,  Reagan remarked to her, “Honey, I forgot to duck.” 

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