Eyes Only for You
Nancy Reagan, Ten of Diamonds
Oil on linen 72 x 64" — ©2002 Tina Mion
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?
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