Davis in 1967
Patricia Ann Reagan|
October 21, 1952
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(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).
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, the step-sister of Michael Reagan and half-sister to 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. 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. She changed her last name to her mother's maiden name, Davis, in an effort to have an independent career. 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
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.
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.
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.
In the 1970s, Davis lived with Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon. Together they cowrote the song "I Wish You Peace" which appeared on the Eagles album One of These Nights. 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.
- Home Front. Crown, 1986. ISBN 0-517-55952-8. (quasi-novel)
- Deadfall. Crown, 1989. ISBN 0-517-57405-5. (novel)
- A House of Secrets. Carol, 1991. ISBN 1-55972-082-4. (quasi-novel)
- The Way I See It: An Autobiography. Putnam, 1992. ISBN 0-399-13748-3.
- Bondage. Simon & Schuster, 1994. ISBN 0-671-86953-1. (novel)
- Angels Don't Die: My Father's Gift of Faith. Harper Collins, 1995. ISBN 0-06-017324-6.
- The Long Goodbye. Knopf, 2004. ISBN 0-679-45092-0.
- Two Cats and the Woman They Own. Chronicle Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8118-5166-4.
- The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us. Hay House, 2009. ISBN 1401921620.
- Till Human Voices Wake Us. CreateSpace, KDP, 2013. ISBN 1483990044. (novel)
- The Blue Hour. CreateSpace, KDP, 2013. ISBN 1492144479. (novel)
- The Wit and Widsom of Grace. Huqua Press, 2014. ISBN 0-983812055
- The Earth Breaks in Colors. Huqua Press, 2014. ISBN 0-990696642 (novel)
- "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.
- Podolsky, J.D. (May 18, 1992). "A Daughter's Lament". People. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- Grove, Lloyd (Feb 3, 2011). "Patti Davis on Her Dad, Palin and Playboy". The Daily Beast. Retrieved Oct 16, 2014.
- Kornblum, Janet (16 November 2004). "Reagan daughter's new leaf". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis poses nude at 58". Oakland Press. May 19, 2011. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014.
- Moses, Marilyn (28 February 2007). "Sacrifices of the Heart". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Patti Davis – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Davis, Patti (February 6, 2012). "My Turn: Patti Davis on the chains that break, the links that form in Alzheimer's". Los Angeles Times.
- 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.