Nancy Reagan made her final acting appearance in this Wagon Train episode

The episode also features Bill Mumy and "Larry" from Leave It to Beaver!

By 1962, Nancy Reagan had been married to fellow actor Ronald for a decade. The two began a relationship in 1949, following Reagan's divorce from Jane Wyman, after meeting through the Screen Actors Guild. In 1952, they tied the knot. The two continued their screen careers for the next ten years. Ronald, mostly, worked as a TV host and occasional actor on anthology series like General Electric TheaterThe Dick Powell Show, and Death Valley Days.

Nancy's acting career was winding down. She continued to work under the screen name "Nancy Davis." Her final film role, in the airline disaster flick Crash Landing, hit theaters as a B-movie double-feature in 1958. But some smaller television roles continued to come her way, including parts on, naturally, General Electric Theater.

On the day after Christmas, in 1962, Wagon Train aired an episode called "The Sam Darland Story." Afternoon variety show host Art Linkletter was the main guest star with top billing — no wonder, he played Sam Darland. "Nancy Davis" received an "also starring" credit at the end of the episode:

In her final acting job, Nancy was surrounded by familiar TV faces, especially in the younger cast. Bill Mumy, three years before his household-name role in Lost in Space and one year following his mind-controlling turn on The Twilight Zone, garners the most screen time as orphan boy "Toddy."

But any fan of Leave It to Beaver will recognize Rusty Stevens, a.k.a. Beaver's pal Larry Mondello. But as those two young fellows were starting their careers, Nancy was saying goodbye. She retired from acting that year. Her only other television appearances would be as herself in her political life.

Albert Brooks would attempt to lure her (as well as Doris Day) out of retirement to play his mom in the 1996 movie Mother. Nancy declined (as did Doris, apparently). The role went to Debbie Reynolds. Nancy must have been satisfied to leave Wagon Train as her farewell to the profession.

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gatorgirl 38 months ago
Wow would love to see this episode! BIG Reagan fans! Trump and Reagan 2 greatest presidents of my life time!
TerrySull 39 months ago
Colleen Moore also collected miniatures. It's her doll house that is at the museum of science and industry. Wired for electricity, and with a bear skin rug complete with fangs harvested from a dead mouse!
Dario 39 months ago
An interesting bit of trivia for all MeTV fans: Colleen Moore(1899-1988), the silent film star who practically introduced the flapper into motion pictures in late 1923 with her star-making film Flaming Youth, was the godmother of Ronald and Nancy Reagan's eldest child & daughter, Patti Davis Reagan. 🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭 🎬📽️🎞️🎥🎦 😁😁😁😁😁
UTZAAKE 39 months ago
JanFresh UTZAAKE 39 months ago
I couldn't even begin to guess what is going on in this picture.
Nadya92129 UTZAAKE 39 months ago
She was no Betty Grable.
MaryMitch JanFresh 39 months ago
I can't remember the specifics, but this is on Air Force One, and she's rolling an orange to the press corp.
JanFresh MaryMitch 39 months ago
Whaa?? Lol
JanFresh MaryMitch 39 months ago
Why? 😂
Andybandit 39 months ago
Cool story. I didn't know Nancy Reagan was an actress. Jane Wyman was on Wagon train a couple weeks before Nancy.
stevem 39 months ago
Ronald Reagan was a guest star on Wagon Train. He play Captain Paul Winters on the episode “The Fort Pierce Story”. It was broadcast on September 23, 1963.
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