Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan, 1944, by Photographer not credited [Public domain]; Diahann Carroll 1976 by CBS Television [Public domain]

S5E7: Strangers In The Night | Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan & Diahann Carroll

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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Stacie’s Receipts

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.

Alicia’s Receipts

Diahann: An Autobiography, by Diahann Carroll and Ross Firestone.

The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way, by Diahann Carroll.

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