A Talk with Nancy Reagan

"It Doesn't Mean You Change As a Person. It means you have grown"

TIME White House Correspondent Laurence I. Barrett has conducted more than two dozen talks of varying length with Nancy Reagan since he began covering her husband's presidential campaign in January 1980. The setting for the past two conversations was familiar: the White House family quarters, where the First Lady lounged on a large sofa imported from the Reagans' former home in Pacific Palisades. But the interviewee had changed markedly from earlier talks: she was more confident, more willing to express her own ideas. Highlights:

Q. What have you learned about yourself since becoming First Lady?

A. When you are put into...

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