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

APRIL 1991

Three years post-White House, an unauthorized biography of Nancy, written by Kitty Kelley, hit bookstores with a massive bang. Through the testimony of sources and interviews, the book claimed Nancy was "petty, greedy, compassionless, a social climber and manipulator." But with all the talk came claims that the sources used in the book were unreliable. As PEOPLE's cover indicates, Nancy herself was not concerned.