Sinatra was a big booster for Ronald Reagan as California governor, part of Sinatra’s own shift from Democratic to Republican politics. This week in our Ocean’s Eleven: 12 Degrees of Frank Sinatra season, Stacie has the 1940-1949 marriage and divorce of Academy Award winning actress Jane Wyman and future president Ronald Reagan. Then, Alicia has the incredible life and loves of icon and trailblazer Diahann Carroll, a friend and frequent performing partner of the Rat Pack.
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An American Life, by Ronald Reagan.
The President’s Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis, by Bernard F. Dick.
Reagan: American Icon, by Iwan Morgan.
Jane’s Turn, an interview with Jane Wyman by Dominick Dunne. November 1989, Vanity Fair.
Reagan Played Informant Role for FBI in ’40s. Chicago Tribune, 1986.
Jane Wyman Obituary, New York Times, September 11, 2007.
Ronald Reagan lobbying on the AMA’s behalf in 1961, arguing that universal healthcare for retired Americans will vanquish liberty for all time. Again, he was kind of a jumpy guy.
Diahann: An Autobiography, by Diahann Carroll and Ross Firestone.