Patti Davis

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Patti Davis
Patti Davis 1967 - NARA - 198603.jpg
Davis in 1967
Born Patricia Ann Reagan
(1952-10-21) October 21, 1952 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, author
Paul Grilley
(m. 1984; div. 1990)

Patti Davis (born Patricia Ann Reagan; October 21, 1952) is an American actress and author. She is the daughter of U.S. President Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911–2004) and his second wife, First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan (1921–2016).

Early life[edit]

Patricia Ann Reagan was born to Ronald and Nancy Reagan on October 21, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. She is the older sister of Ron Reagan, and the half-sister of Michael Reagan and the late Maureen Reagan. She went to grade school at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air, and graduated from the Orme School of Arizona in 1970.[1] She attended Northwestern University from 1970–71, where she studied creative writing and drama. She then went to the University of Southern California for two years.[2] She changed her last name to her mother's maiden name, Davis, in an effort to have an independent career.[3] She was active in the anti-nuclear movement before her father was elected president, and continued her activism through his term, stirring controversy and creating strife in the family.

Acting, modeling and writing careers[edit]

In the early 1980s, Davis acted in a few television shows before getting her first publishing deal. In 1986, she published her first novel, Home Front. She used elements of her own life to create a fictional story, and because of that the book became controversial and she was widely criticized. Following her second novel Deadfall, she wrote an autobiography called The Way I See It, in which she revealed many family dramas and secrets. She has since spoken publicly about how she regrets the form, but not the content, of the critique she presented in the book.[4]

In the July 1994 issue of Playboy, Davis posed for the magazine with a "Full Frontal" view. This issue of the magazine also displayed Davis on its front cover. This issue is considered to be one of the magazine's most controversial covers. Davis has posed for other magazines such as More in 2011. Playboy also issued a VHS tape as a complement to the 1994 issue.[5]

When her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she began writing The Long Goodbye. It was published in 2004. During that time, she began writing for magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Newsweek and Time. Her original screenplay, Spring Thaw, became the 2007 Hallmark Channel movie Sacrifices of the Heart starring Melissa Gilbert and Ken Howard.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1970s, Davis lived with Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.[2] Together they cowrote the song "I Wish You Peace" which appeared on the Eagles album One of These Nights.[7] In the 1980s, she dated Timothy Hutton and later had a two-year relationship with Peter Strauss. In 1984, she married Paul Grilley, a yoga instructor. They divorced in 1990 and had no children.[2]

In 2011, she launched "Beyond Alzheimer's" at UCLA, which she still runs.[8][9]



  1. ^ "Orme mourns the passing of Honorary Trustee, President Ronald Reagan". The Orme School. 2004. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Podolsky, J.D. (May 18, 1992). "A Daughter's Lament". People. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Grove, Lloyd (Feb 3, 2011). "Patti Davis on Her Dad, Palin and Playboy". The Daily Beast. Retrieved Oct 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kornblum, Janet (16 November 2004). "Reagan daughter's new leaf". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis poses nude at 58". Oakland Press. May 19, 2011. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Moses, Marilyn (28 February 2007). "Sacrifices of the Heart". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Patti Davis – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ Davis, Patti (February 6, 2012). "My Turn: Patti Davis on the chains that break, the links that form in Alzheimer's". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Various authors (December 3, 2013). "The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program for Comprehensive, Coordinated, Patient-centered Care: Preliminary Data". National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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