Author(s): Sheila Tate
Lady in Red is the ultimate collection of stories and images related to First Lady Nancy Reagan, lovingly compiled by her close friend and former press secretary. Confidante of Mrs. Reagan's for over 30 years, Sheila Tate gives readers a rare glimpse into the personal life of the president's wife. Tate shares her photographs of the First Family, entrusted to her by Mrs. Reagan because they were her favorite images, and includes correspondence and notes between the two friends. Lady in Red focuses on the various roles that Mrs. Reagan inhabited during her years in the White House--Wife, Protector, Fixer, Host, Diplomat, and Advisor, among others. Tate develops a nuanced portrait of this graceful yet strong woman who felt it was her mission to restore a sense of grandeur, mystique, and drama to the presidency. In each role, Mrs. Reagan brought a sense of pride and purpose to the White House--and the nation. Tate interviews the friends and politicians who knew her best as they share their favorite stories of the First Lady. Key players such as President George H. W. Bush, Chris Wallace, James Baker, Ed Meese, Maureen Dowd, and Marlin Fitzwater share their most cherished memories of Mrs. Reagan, adding depth and variety to this tribute.
SHEILA TATE served as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan from 1981 to 1985, handling some of the most newsworthy and controversial issues of the first Reagan term. After leaving the White House staff, she and Jody Powell, former White House press secretary to President Jimmy Carter, founded Powell Tate, which quickly became one of Washington's most successful public relations firms. Sheila served as press secretary to George H. W. Bush during his successful campaign for the presidency in 1988, and for his transition. In 1996, she was communications director for the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego. Sheila remained in close touch with Nancy Reagan after the Reagans returned to California, speaking with her often until Mrs. Reagan's passing in 2016.