Extra Extra! The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s ‘NEWSIES’ Now showing at the Hollywood Pantages AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer
Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer

RETURNS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES  AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Hollywood, Calif. – The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s NEWSIES begins performances next week on Tuesday, August 30 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 1 week engagement through Sunday, September 4.  Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization are announcing that a day-of-performance DIGITAL lottery for a limited number of $20 orchestra seats will be held daily.

All Entries can be submitted online with Broadway Direct at www.HollywoodPantages.com/NewsiesLottery beginning at 8am on the day of the performance. Entries may be submitted until 3 hours prior to the performance time. Winners will be notified via e-mail within minutes of drawing, and will have 60 minutes to pay for the tickets online with a credit card. Tickets can be picked up at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre box office 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo I.D. is required for pick up.

Seat locations and the number of tickets awarded by the lottery are always subject to availability.

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work.  The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances.  The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M.

While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’

Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage.  (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).)

The performance schedule for Disney’s NEWSIES is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. There is an additional matinee at 2pm on Friday, September 9th and there are no performances on Sunday, September 11th. Opening Night is Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm.

Disney’s NEWSIES is recommended for Ages 6 and Up. All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Individual tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES start at $29. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com/Newsies.

Official show site: www.NewsiesTheMusical.com/Tour.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 Dates:                                     AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

 

Theatre:                                  HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets start at $29

Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Ages 6 and up

All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:             1-800-982-2787

In Person:        Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Groups:           Groups of 10 or more may purchase at PantagesGroups.com

 

Description:  They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

‘Hamilton’ coming to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre: Plan ahead for limited tickets – August 11, 2017 – December 30, 2017

 

'Hamilton' creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will be heading to Hollywood in 2017. (Photo: Joan Marcus)
‘Hamilton’ creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will be heading to Hollywood in 2017. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Hollywood, Calif., – Hamilton conceived and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind musical phenomenon In the Heights, brings the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton to the stage. Seamlessly injecting contemporary music into a historical tale, Hamilton was inspired by the 2004 biography ‘Alexander Hamilton’ by historian Ron Chernow. The musical played a completely sold out Off-Broadway engagement at The Public Theater in February 2015 before transferring to Broadway that summer, opening on August 6, 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. On Broadway, it has received enthusiastic critical acclaim and unprecedented advance box office sales.

Recommended for ages 12 and up due to non-graphic adult situations. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

Hamilton runs 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one

intermission.http://hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=75

Plans for New 51 million dollar Sheriff’s Station Gets Green Light from The City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County

Sheriff-Kellar
Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar officially announces the agreement between the City of Santa Clarita, the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, taking the first steps toward building Santa Clarita Valley’s first new Sheriff’s Station since the 1970’s.  Groundbreaking on the three year building project is expected to break ground in about a year. Photo by Margie Anne Clark.

By Margie Anne Clark

Santa Clarita, Calif. –  The City of Santa Clarita announced that the City of Santa Clarita, the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have taken the first steps toward building Santa Clarita Valley’s first new Sheriff’s Station since the 1970’s.

“Ground breaking for the new Sheriff’s Station will be in about a year,” said City of Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar at a press conference on Monday announcing the new station.

“It’s because of partnerships like, that this city has been able to become such a great city,” Kellar noted. 

Kellar thanked and acknowledged county and city officials for their role in helping to maintain and enhance the quality of of life for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The state of the art 51 million dollar facility will be located on City-owned property on Golden Valley Road between Centre Pointe Parkway and Robert C. Lee Parkway, where the temporary Los Angeles County Fire Station 104 is currently located. The new two-story, 44,339 square-foot Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station will include a 4,000 square-foot service garage and helipad.

City officials said that it has been a mutual desire of the City of Santa Clarita and  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to work together on a plan for the financing and construction of a new and larger Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to replace the existing station.

“I really do take to heart One Valley One Vision,”  said Katherine Barger Leibrich, Chief Deputy to Supervisor Antonovich who attended the press conference on behalf of Antonovich. 

The current Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station, located at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, was completed in 1972 and is 25,100 square-feet in size. Since the time the station was built, the population of the Santa Clarita Valley has increased from approximately 50,000 to 299,000. The new station will allow deputies to effectively serve the entire valley.

“I thank everybody for helping us to getting to this point,” said Chief Jacques “Anthony” LaBerge of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LaBerge noted that he envisioned the idea of a new Sheriff’s station in the SCV more than 10 years ago when he served as the Captain of the SCV division.

On May 24, 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved by the Santa Clarita City Council that provides joint funding by the County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita for the construction of a new, centrally-located station. On May 31, 2016, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the MOU.

The new station will be located on City-owned property on Golden Valley Road between Centre Pointe Parkway and Robert C. Lee Parkway, where the temporary Los Angeles County Fire Station 104 is currently located. The new two-story, 44,339 square-foot Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station will include a 4,000 square-foot service garage and helipad.

The estimated cost for construction of the new station is $51 million, as follows: $38.5 million for construction, $11.5 million for design and project management, and $1 million for furniture and lockers. The County of Los Angeles will contribute $15 million to the project, and the remaining $36 million will be funded by the City of Santa Clarita. The new Sheriff’s Station will be constructed under the management of and owned by the City of Santa Clarita.

A new and larger Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is part of the City’s Santa Clarita 2020 Community Strategic Plan. Information regarding the SantaClarita2020.com gives a complete list of projects, programs and services the City is working toward.

Press release courtesy of The City of Santa Clarita. 

 

‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,’ a New Stage Musical, Premieres at Disney California Adventure Park -Stunning Special Effects and Outstanding Talent Takes Audiences on an Emotional Journey with Anna and Elsa

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, is now at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park in Southern California.

This new theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of Frozen and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. Under the direction of Tony Award® nominated Director Liesl Tommy, the show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers. An exceptionally large production, the show features an opening cast and crew of more than 200, six full musical numbers and a 2,200 square foot video wall which combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Disney Creative Entertainment, the arm of Walt Disney Imagineering responsible for live theatrical entertainment at Disney Parks, has produced this new stage interpretation of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” with all of the creativity and resources of its predecessor “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” which ran for a remarkable 13 years at the 2,000 seat Hyperion Theater.

As would be expected from Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks, new technologies – especially with projections, fabrics and special effects — will delight audiences in new and unexpected ways.  Guests are immersed in the world of “Frozen” from the moment they enter the theater and are surrounded by a specially lit “Aurora” curtain. As the musical unfolds, the scenic design and large moving set pieces create a cinema-style energy enhanced by state-of-the-art projections that create dynamic environments for the performers. Custom sound design envelops the audience in music and audio effects. And, of course, there will be snow throughout the interior of the theater – on stage and over the audience.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios “Frozen,” which is the number one animated feature of all time. It is the winner of two Academy Awards (2014) for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

“While our production of ‘Frozen’ stays true to the heart and soul of the film, we have adapted it for the stage so it’s truly a musical theater production that befits our beautiful Hyperion Theater,” said Dana Harrel, creative entertainment executive with Walt Disney Imagineering.  “The goal of this creative team is to take all audiences – including those who know the film, and those new to these characters­ – on this exciting and touching adventure with Anna and Elsa.

“We know that for many in the audience — adults and children alike – this production will be a first or rare theater-going experience, and we want to make it as magical as possible.”

The new adaptation features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Up Here”) and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Up Here”), and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award® nominee Chad Beguelin (“Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at Hyperion Theater; Broadway: “Gotta Dance,” “Aladdin,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Elf”).

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is directed by Tommy, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award® for her Broadway show “Eclipsed.” The choreographer is Christopher Windom and this is his seventh collaboration with Tommy.  The musical supervisor/arranger/adaptor is Jason Michael Webb, whose Broadway credits include “The Color Purple,” “Motown: The Musical,” “Violet,” and “Memphis.” Clint Ramos, the principal costume designer, was also nominated this year for a Tony Award® for his work on “Eclipsed.”

“I am approaching ‘Frozen’ as I would any new work – to search the story for what resonates most emotionally,  which is the story of the relationship between Anna and Elsa, their coming of age and conquering their worst fears,” explains Director Tommy. “It’s what made the movie so intensely satisfying and fresh. The theatrical version of ‘Frozen’ that my designers and I are creating for the Hyperion builds on the film’s emotional intensity using beautiful performances, thrilling choreography and the most cutting-edge design elements.”

A great amount of creative energies have been employed to bring “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” to the stage.  Harrel and Tommy have assembled a team of creative talent from both Broadway and Disney to create this production. The principal designers are Robert Brill (scenery), Charles Lapointe (wigs), David Weiner (lighting), Aaron Rhyne (projections) and Broken Chord (audio), and Ramos (costumes).

The challenge of bringing the animated non-human characters of Sven and Olaf to the stage was assigned to master puppet designer Michael Curry, who co-designed with director Julie Taymor the animal creations of “The Lion King” on Broadway, the magic mirror in “Snow White: An Enchanted Musical” at Fantasyland Theatre, and many other Disney parades, shows and projects, as well as projects for Cirque du Soleil and the Metropolitan Opera. Curry’s intricate designs created for Olaf and Sven allow the performers to connect with the characters and bring them to life on stage in new ways.

An entirely separate two-act Broadway production of “Frozen” is currently being prepared by Disney Theatrical Productions and is slated to join Disney Theatrical’s New York productions of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” for spring 2018 at a theater to be announced. It will have a pre-Broadway engagement starting in summer 2017 in Denver.

‘Mission: Impossible’ ACTRESS BARBARA BAIN WILL BE HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Barbara Bain with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. –  Actress Barbara Bain will be honored with the 2,579th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT The star in the category of Television will be dedicated at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Stella Adler Theatre where Bain studied acting.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Walk of Famers Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke.

“We are pleased to honor an actress who starred in many different shows and especially in the popular “Mission: Impossible.”

 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actress Barbara Bain will be honored with the 2,579th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT The star in the category of Television will be dedicated at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Stella Adler Theatre where Bain studied acting.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Walk of Famers Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke.

“We are pleased to honor an actress who starred in many different shows and especially in the popular Mission: Impossible, one of the most important franchises in television and movie history,” stated Gubler.

Barbara Bain, three time Emmy® winner (Mission: Impossible), was born in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is there she discovered her life-long passion: modern dance. Relocating to New York, Bain worked as a fashion model while studying with the master of modern dance, Martha Graham. Further exploring her interest in the performing arts, Bain began her acting training in the private class of the most famous and respected acting teachers, Lee Strasberg. After a successful audition, Bain accepted an invitation to become a member of the legendary Actors Studio.

After studying for 1½ years, Bain was cast in every one of the first three roles for which she auditioned. She also toured 26 cities with the Broadway road company of Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night, a tour which landed her in Los Angeles. Not long thereafter, she found work on some of the most popular television shows of the day. She appeared opposite Larry Hagman in United Artists’ Harbormaster and Darrin McGavin in the popular Mike Hammer series, and was cast in the recurring role of Karen Wells, love interest of David Janssen, in the seminal private-eye series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Bain continued to appear in numerous television series: Tightrope, The Law and Mr. Jones, Straightaway and Adventures in Paradise. She also had the opportunity to flex her comedy skills in one of the classic The Dick Van Dyke Show, created by Carl Reiner. Bain also shined in her comedic role as Alma Sutton in the spy-comedy, Get Smart, created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. In between these two well-remembered appearances, Bain continued to be in demand, appearing in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, My Mother the Car, and Perry Mason.

It was in 1966 that Bain would bring to life the role that would make her an international star. Created by Bruce Geller, Mission: Impossible which is celebrating its 50th anniversary was an espionage-thriller series, the likes of which had never appeared on television. Bain played Cinnamon Carter, a secret agent with beauty (her specialty was distraction) and the brains to match. For this role, Bain would become the first actress in television history to win three consecutive Emmy® awards for Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, a record that would stand for nearly two decades.

In 1969, Bain appeared in a number of television movies: Murder Once Removed with John Forsythe, Goodnight, My Love directed by Peter Hyams, A Summer Without Boys and Steven Spielberg’s Savage.

In 1973, Bain accepted the invitation from British producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson to appear in their new television series, Space: 1999, opposite her then-husband Martin Landau and actor Barry Morse ofThe Fugitive fame. Set some twenty-five years in the future, Space: 1999 was, at the time, the most expensive science fiction television series ever produced with feature film quality special effects. Bain appeared in Space: 1999 for two seasons as Doctor Helena Russell, a role that earned her much acclaim and millions more fans worldwide.

Following Space: 1999, Bain continued to make guest appearances in some of television’s hottest shows: The New Mike Hammer, Moonlighting, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Murder, She Wrote, My So-Called Life, Walker, Texas Ranger, Millennium, Strong Medicine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Likely Suspects. She also appeared in numerous feature films including American Gun (with James Coburn),Skinheads, The Spirit of ’76, Forget Me Not, Nothing Special (with Karen Black),Panic (opposite William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland) and the forthcoming Silver Skies with George Hamilton and the late Alex Rocco. Recently, she has appeared in many short films, including Grace, Lost Music, Match Made and Pacific Edge, for which she was awarded Best Actress awards at both the Los Angeles Independent Film Festivaland the Golden Door International Film Festival.

Although Bain continues to work steadily in film and television, it is her stage to which she has dedicated much time. She has garnered Los Angeles Critics Circle and DramaLogue Awards for her acting in such plays as Arthur Kopit’s Wings, Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs.

A continuing member of the Actors Studio where she teaches and directs, Bain has also directed numerous plays in 99-seat theater venues in Los Angeles. This June she returns for the 8th year working with the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival, mentoring young writers aged 9 to 19 and directing their plays for production on the stage of the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

Twenty years ago, Bain founded the SAG Foundation’s (now SAG-AFTRA) BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) program. She would travel weekly to Grape Street Elementary School in Watts for the next 15 years to read to kindergartners and first graders. Over the years, BookPALS has grown exponentially. Its mission to develop a love of reading and literacy amongst children has become an overwhelming success. Currently over 22,000 actors read in the classroom to 60,000 kids weekly in the United States.

 

Comic-Con International PresentsWonderCon, March 25-27, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles, Calif.WonderCon celebrates its 30th anniversary for another big weekend of comics and the popular arts at the beautiful Los Angeles Convention Center on March 25-27 (Easter weekend). With approximately 60,000 attendees in 2015, WonderCon continues to be one of the top comics and pop culture events in the country.

WonderCon has a Masquerade, a giant exhibit floor featuring top comics publishers, panel discussions, and TV and Movie presentations from Warner Brothers, DC, AMC, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. Special Guests include: Brian Michael Bendis, Peter Clines, Jim Lee, Raina Telgemeier and John Romita Jr.

Buy your badges online now, none will be sold onsite!

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2016/badge-sale

NANCY REAGAN MEMORIAL INFORMATION AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY: Mrs. Ronald Reagan to Lay in Repose March 9 & March 10, 2016 with Funeral Services on March 11, 2016

Nancy Regan saying her last goodbye to her husband President Ronald Reagan in 2004. Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. To prepare for her funeral, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California is closed, and will re-open to the public on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (File photo, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.)
Nancy Regan saying her last goodbye to her husband President Ronald Reagan in 2004. Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. To prepare for her funeral, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California is closed, and will re-open to the public on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (File photo, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.)

Simi Valley, Calif. – “What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you say about someone who’s always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her. I simply can’t imagine the last 8 years without Nancy.”  - Ronald Reagan, August 1988

As First Lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan served the people of this great nation with grace and humility.  She has been an inspiration to all of us who worked for her at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and she will be deeply missed.  The Reagan family, our Foundation and this country have lost a treasured soul.

Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.  To prepare for her funeral, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California is closed, and will re-open to the public on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

As part of the official events, Mrs. Reagan will lie in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday, March 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and also on Thursday, March 10thfrom 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  No parking will be allowed at the Reagan Library.  If you wish to pay your respects to Mrs. Reagan, transportation will be provided for the public at the former Bank of America property located at 450 American Street, Simi Valley, California.  Shuttles will run continuously to the Reagan Library throughout those hours. Because security will be heightened at the Library during this time, no large bags or cameras will be permitted and all bags will be inspected.  Strollers will not be allowed inside the building. Gifts and flowers will only be accepted at the bottom of Presidential Drive and at the shuttle pick up location. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016.  Funeral services are closed to the public.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan had asked that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Fund at www.reaganlibrary.com.

For continuous updated information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site at www.reaganlibrary.com.

FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF AT THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY In Honor of Mrs. Reagan’s Passing

 

Remembering Nancy Reagan: In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.
Remembering Nancy Reagan: In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.

Simi Valley Calif. – In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.

As such, the flag at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will be lowered today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

For continuous updated information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site at www.reaganlibrary.com.

THE REAGAN LIBRARY:

Located in Simi Valley, Calif., the library houses 63 million pages of gubernatorial, presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It will now also serve as the final resting place of President and Mrs. Reagan.

Nancy’s Elegance Shaped the Reagan Presidential Legacy: Death of First Lady Nancy Reagan Inspires Fond Remembrances of Her Graceful Spirit

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Nancy Reagan attends her gown exhibit with fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg and James Galanos on the red carpet during the opening of “Nancy Reagan: A First Lady’s Style,” an exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2007. Photo by Jann Hendry
First Lady Nancy Reagan with her husband, President Ronald Reagan, circa 1980s.
First Lady Nancy Reagan with her husband, President Ronald Reagan, circa 1980s.

Remembering Nancy Reagan

 July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016

By  Margie Anne Clark

Simi Valley, Calif.-  A look back from the archives:

If fashion can be defined as a universal language expressing who we are and where we are going, then Nancy Reagan spoke it fluently, with a radiance and grace that defined a presidential legacy.

Like a late 20th century vignette of Camelot, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum opened its new exhibit, “Nancy Reagan: A First Lady’s Style” on Nov. 10, 2007 in Simi Valley. Highlights from a collection that spans more than 50 years are showcased, beginning with the former first lady’s 1952 wedding dress and ending with the suit she wore for President Reagan’s funeral in June 2004.

Weeks before last Thursday’s red carpet gala celebrating the opening, the exhibit’s designer, Russ Jenkins, was on hand to give visitors an early glimpse of the collection.

“She was a tremendous example of a first lady,” said Jenkins, owner of WRJ Design Associates LLC, as he thumbed through the pages of a pictorial book that will be available for purchase at the presidential library.

The colorful book puts into context many of the fashions that will be on display through November 2008. Indeed, Nancy’s style and grace during the Reagan years of the 1980s may well have served as an elegant reflection of her husband’s magnanimous optimism.

“The public will be able to see the beauty of her gowns that she wore during their travels and wonderful dinners,” Jenkins said.

“The dresses are absolutely spectacular and show the history and legacy of Mrs. Reagan,” he added.

Imagery and architectural elements relating to the White House will carry the audience through the exhibit and highlight historic milestones. The focus will be on Nancy Reagan’s duties as first lady, her philanthropic endeavors and the love story that she and the president shared.

Jenkins noted that the first lady’s collection will include pieces by James Galanos, Caroline Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Valentino Garavani, Adolfo and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Through her generosity in donating most of her closet, Mrs. Reagan has given us a wonderful opportunity to understand her role of representing our country. She was a tremendous first lady,” Jenkins said. “The display also showcases the incredible talent of the American fashion designer, while reflecting Mrs. Reagan’s taste and eye for style,” he continued, noting that in 1988, the Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award upon Nancy Reagan.

The book also serves to reflect on the Reagan’s romance – starring two star-crossed lovers whose biggest double-billing played out on the world stage for all to see.

In a written statement, the former first lady and actress, who went on to become an icon of American couture fashion, expressed her gratitude for the privileges she enjoyed during her White House years.

“I am delighted that these designers are being recognized for their incredible talent. It was an honor to wear each of these pieces, and every gown, dress and suit brings back wonderful memories, moments in my life that I will remember and cherish forever,” Nancy Reagan said.

Diane von Furstenberg served as master of ceremonies at the celebrity-studded private reception that opened the exhibit on Nov. 8. An honorary committee included fashion luminaries Galanos, Herrera and de la Renta.

Story originally posted in 2007.  All rights reserved. 

More on Nancy Reagan from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library:

Office of Nancy Reagan, Sunday, March 6, 2016

STATEMENT BY JOANNE DRAKE, SPOKESPERSON,

ON THE DEATH OF FORMER FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN

 

Los Angeles, Calif. – Nancy Davis Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, died this morning at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.  Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.  Details will be announced shortly.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at www.reaganlibrary.com

For continuous information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site atwww.reaganlibrary.com.

A biography of Nancy Reagan is below.

Office of Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan

July 6, 1921 - March 6, 2016

Nancy Davis Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Raised in Chicago, she graduated from Girls’ Latin School and went on to Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where she graduated in 1943.

In her early career, Nancy Davis worked as an actress in stage, film and television productions. In 1949, she signed a seven-year contract with MGM. During this time, she met Ronald Reagan and they were married on March 4, 1952. She made eleven films in all, including three after her marriage. Her last film, at Columbia in 1956, was Hellcats of the Navy, the only film in which she and her husband appeared together.

Shortly after Ronald Reagan became Governor of California in 1967, Mrs. Reagan began visiting wounded Vietnam veterans and became active in projects concerning POWs and servicemen missing in action.  While First Lady of California, she made regular visits to hospitals and homes for the elderly, as well as schools for physically and emotionally handicapped children. During one of these hospital visits in 1967, she observed participants in the Foster Grandparent Program, a program which brings together senior citizens and handicapped children, and she soon became its champion. Later, as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan continued to help expand the program on a national level and promote private funding in local communities.

Upon becoming First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan’s primary focus was fighting drug and alcohol abuse among youth. To spotlight the problem, she traveled nearly 250,000 miles throughout the United States and abroad in conjunction with her campaign to fight substance abuse. She appeared on television talk shows, taped public service announcements, wrote guest articles, and visited prevention programs and rehabilitation centers to talk with young people and their parents.

After leaving the White House on January 20, 1989, Mrs. Reagan established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign to educate people about the serious dangers of substance abuse. In 1994, the Nancy Reagan Foundation joined forces with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and developed the Nancy Reagan After-school Program, a drug prevention and life-skills program for youth.

For ten years, Mrs. Reagan’s priority was caring for her husband at home as he battled Alzheimer’s Disease. Following his death in 2004, she was devoted to projects related to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where she served on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and promoted her husband’s legacy of leadership and freedom.

Nancy Davis Reagan was the only daughter of Dr. Loyal Davis and Edith Davis of Chicago and Phoenix.  She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Davis, and two children with Ronald Reagan – Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

From the Office of Nancy Reagan, Sunday, March 6, 2016: Nancy Davis Reagan has passed away: STATEMENT BY JOANNE DRAKE, SPOKESPERSON

Office of Nancy Reagan, Sunday, March 6, 2016

First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.
First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.

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ON THE DEATH OF FORMER FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Nancy Davis Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, died this morning at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.  Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.  Details will be announced shortly.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at www.reaganlibrary.com

For continuous information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site atwww.reaganlibrary.com.

A biography of Nancy Reagan is below.

Office of Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan

July 6, 1921 - March 6, 2016

Nancy Davis Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Raised in Chicago, she graduated from Girls’ Latin School and went on to Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where she graduated in 1943.

In her early career, Nancy Davis worked as an actress in stage, film and television productions. In 1949, she signed a seven-year contract with MGM. During this time, she met Ronald Reagan and they were married on March 4, 1952. She made eleven films in all, including three after her marriage. Her last film, at Columbia in 1956, was Hellcats of the Navy, the only film in which she and her husband appeared together.

Shortly after Ronald Reagan became Governor of California in 1967, Mrs. Reagan began visiting wounded Vietnam veterans and became active in projects concerning POWs and servicemen missing in action.  While First Lady of California, she made regular visits to hospitals and homes for the elderly, as well as schools for physically and emotionally handicapped children. During one of these hospital visits in 1967, she observed participants in the Foster Grandparent Program, a program which brings together senior citizens and handicapped children, and she soon became its champion. Later, as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan continued to help expand the program on a national level and promote private funding in local communities.

Upon becoming First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan’s primary focus was fighting drug and alcohol abuse among youth. To spotlight the problem, she traveled nearly 250,000 miles throughout the United States and abroad in conjunction with her campaign to fight substance abuse. She appeared on television talk shows, taped public service announcements, wrote guest articles, and visited prevention programs and rehabilitation centers to talk with young people and their parents.

After leaving the White House on January 20, 1989, Mrs. Reagan established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign to educate people about the serious dangers of substance abuse. In 1994, the Nancy Reagan Foundation joined forces with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and developed the Nancy Reagan After-school Program, a drug prevention and life-skills program for youth.

For ten years, Mrs. Reagan’s priority was caring for her husband at home as he battled Alzheimer’s Disease. Following his death in 2004, she was devoted to projects related to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where she served on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and promoted her husband’s legacy of leadership and freedom.

Nancy Davis Reagan was the only daughter of Dr. Loyal Davis and Edith Davis of Chicago and Phoenix.  She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Davis, and two children with Ronald Reagan – Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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