AKA Patricia Ann Davis Reagan
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reagan's prodigal daughter
Patti Davis is the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan. She discarded the Reagan name, using her mother's maiden name instead, to symbolize her disgust with her father's politics. She was always portrayed as the "wild child" of the Reagan family, although one suspects she need not have been very wild to earn that title. Politically liberal, she smoked marijuana, and she had her mother's stubbornness and her father's outspokenness. She lived with Bernie Leadon of The Eagles, and co-wrote the Eagles' song "I Wish You Peace." She was active in the nuclear freeze movement, and later married her yoga instructor. Davis had a supporting role on Rituals, a TV drama that ran only one season -- during which time her character was recast with a real actress.
Her first novel, Homefront, was published in 1986. It was considered controversial because she included fictionalized events from her own life. Of course, any literature major can tell you that's the very definition of "first novel," but her father was the President and the book's candor pissed off a lot of people. She also wrote A House of Secrets, which pissed off even more people. In his autobiography, her father wrote that Patti had "made it plain to me that she thinks I am wrong and that she is against everything I stand for." But Davis's loudest rebellion came at age 41, when she appeared on the cover of Playboy, her breasts cupped by a black man. She also starred in her own direct-to-video "Playboy Celebrity Centerfold", which showed her cavorting in outdoorsey lesbian settings, along with a tender solo masturbation passage.
In later years, though, as Davis moved past 50 and her father's Alzheimer's worsened, she sought to be seen standing with her family, instead of against them. She started spending time with her mother and whatever was left of her father, and reports said she'd had an "emotional reconciliation with her mother Nancy." In 2003, psychiatrists said the "psychosis and depression" of her father's would-be assassin, John Hinckley, had been "in full remission and that he has shown no symptoms for over a decade." Davis, though, became an outspoken advocate for keeping Hinckley in the mental hospital where he'd lived since 1981. A few months later, Davis led the fight against a CBS miniseries about The Reagans, accusing the show's producers of "astounding carelessness and cruelty." She later said CBS did the "right thing" in pulling the show from its schedules. Davis was at her father's bedside when his long, lingering bout with Alzheimer's Disease ended in 2004.
Father: Ronald Reagan (US President, b. 1911, m. 1952, d. 2004)
Mother: Nancy Reagan (actress, b. 1921)
Sister: Maureen Reagan (half-sister, b. 1941, d. 2001)
Brother: Michael Reagan (half-brother, b. 1945)
Brother: Ron Reagan (talk show host, b. 20-May-1958)
Boyfriend: Bernie Leadon (guitar and banjo, The Eagles)
Husband: Paul Grilley (yoga teacher, m. 1984, div. 1990)
University: Northwestern University
University: University of Southern California
Posed Naked for Playboy "Ronald Reagan's Renegade Daughter" (Jul-1994)
Tubal Ligation reversed 1986
Secret Service Codename Ribbon
Funeral: Ronald Reagan (2004)
Risk Factors: LSD, Cocaine, Yoga
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Last Party (27-Aug-1993) · Herself
Tango & Cash (22-Dec-1989) · Reporter
Cocaine Wars (1-Aug-1985)
Curse of the Pink Panther (13-Aug-1983) · Michelle Chauvin
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