Nancy Reagan Funeral Guests Span Decades, Party Lines - NBC Bay Area
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Nancy Reagan Funeral Guests Span Decades, Party Lines

The guest list for Nancy Reagan's funeral includes political dignitaries, media figures, military representatives and celebrities

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    The guest list for Nancy Reagan's funeral tells a story about the remarkable life she shared with husband Ronald Reagan -- decades that stretched from Hollywood's Golden Age to the California governor's office to the White House.

    Along the way, the Reagans developed relationships with celebrities and powerful political figures who will be represented at Friday's funeral on a hillside northwest of Los Angeles.

    Four of the five living first ladies and relatives of every president dating to John Kennedy were expected to attend. It brought together Democrat and Republican, an unusual tableau at a time of deep division in Washington and the 2016 campaign trail. Hillary Clinton took a break from the presidential campaign to attend, and other politicians on the list cover the political spectrum, from Newt Gingrich to Nancy Pelosi.

    Nancy Reagan's two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan, were among the speakers at the funeral, which include a Southern California high school choir and a Marine Corps band.

    James A. Baker, who served in the Reagan administration, and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw also gave remarks during the private ceremony officiated by the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, vicar of Washington National Cathedral.

    And, there's Mr. T.

    The 1980s TV icon worked with Reagan and her "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign. He arrived at the Reagan Library service wearing a U.S.-flag themed bandana on his head and military fatigues, then took a seat next to actor Gary Sinise.

    They were just two of the guests with star power, including singer Wayne Newton, Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love, actors Tom Selleck and John Stamos, Soviet-born comedian Yakov Smirnoff and Bo Derek. Tina Sinatra, the youngest child of Reagan friend Frank Sinatra, also is on the guest list.

    Most details of the funeral were planned by the former first lady, including flowers, the guest list, music and, most importantly, her burial spot just inches from her husband. But one addition was planned after her death -- 71-year-old Camarillo bagpiper Bill Boetticher played "Amazing Grace."

    Boetticher played at Ronald Reagan's funeral, and family members decided his presence would be fitting.

    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

    Below, a list of notable guests provided by the Reagan Library.

    Presidential Families
    Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush
    Michelle Obama
    Hillary Clinton
    Rosalynn Carter
    Tricia Nixon Cox
    Steven Ford
    Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
    Luci Baines Johnson
    Caroline Kennedy

    Current and Former Politicians
    California Gov. Jerry Brown
    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Former California Gov. Pete Wilson
    Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    Newt and Callista Gingrich
    Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz

    Military
    Capt. Christopher Bolt, commanding officer USS Ronald Reagan

    Media and Celebrities:
    Katie Couric
    Sam Donaldson
    Steve Forbes
    Larry King
    Chris Matthews
    Peggy Noonan
    Diane Sawyer
    Bo Derek
    Mike Love
    Wayne Newton
    Anjelica Huston
    Melissa Rivers
    Tina Sinatra
    Tom Selleck
    Gary Sinise
    Yakov Smirnoff
    John Stamos
    Mr. T