Nancy Reagan Through the Years – on the Cover of PEOPLE

The former first lady posed for PEOPLE multiple times before, during and after her years in the White House

JULY 1980

Nancy and Ronald may have been on the cover, but this story focused on their children, Maureen and Michael (his children from his first marriage, to actress Jane Wyman), and Patti and Ronald. Their blended family was set to be a change for the White House – and even Ronald's children weren't entirely behind him, disagreeing with their dad on issues like the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion. "Gee, uh, I don't know—maybe I wouldn't vote for anybody," Patti said when asked if she would vote for her dad if he wasn't her dad. "I'm really kind of antipolitical. I just get the newspaper and turn to the comics."