Eyes Only for You – Nancy Reagan, Ten of Diamonds
2002, oil on linen, 72 x 64”
On 4 March 1952, actress Nancy Davis married actor Ronald Reagan. Friends and critics would agree that from the moment they met, Nancy had eyes only for Ronnie.
On 5 November 1994, Ronald Reagan informed the nation in a letter that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He wrote, “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.”
Ronald Reagan died 10 years later, on 5 June 2004. Nancy, like a heroine in an old western movie, stood loyally and protectively by her husband as he faded from public view and into his dimming memory. You can almost hear Frank Sinatra crooning Al Dubin and Henry Warren’s “I Only Have Eyes For You” as the stage lights go out:
My love must be a kind of blind love
I can’t see anyone but you.
And dear I wonder if you find love
an optical illusion too?