the questions: nancy "superhead" reagan

Did y'all know Nancy Reagan was notoriously good at oral sex? Little-known sex trivia never seems to come up in famous folks' eulogies, but I don't see why it shouldn't. Say whatever you will about First Lady Reagan, and heaven knows we're going to [even if it's not remotely accurate!], but she lived a full life.

After Mrs. Reagan passed away, I saw many links to this fifteen-year-old Paul Brennan article in the OC Weekly. It cites Patricia Seaton Lawford's biography of her late husband, The Peter Lawford Story: Life With the Kennedys, Monroe, and the Rat Pack, at length to talk about how good Nancy (then-Davis) was at giving head. (That's Seaton Lawford's choice of words.) I had to follow up. The book's out-of-print, which begs its own question: I went ahead and bought it (Powell's had one cheap copy, and I feel like Seaton Lawford deserved more readers).

The passage in question:


The relevant text reads:

[...] The fantasies of Reagan and other men and women who were part of the war effort in Hollywood were supported by the studio public relations arm. Everything possible was done to boost the image of the stars, regardless of veracity.

For example, when Reagan's second wife, Nancy Davis, arrived in Hollywood after the war, her career was carefully orchestrated. She was not considered a particularly skilled actress, though Dore Schary, the producer of the film The Next Voice You Hear, in which she was introduced, had great hopes for her future. She had come to Hollywood from New York, where she had had supporting roles on the stage. Her goal was to be an actress; her avocation was to have a good time. She was rather wild, the delight of a number of men and the lover of the alcoholic Robert Walker, who died tragically in his early thirties.

"I remember when three or four of us walked into Bob Walker's house and saw a naked Nancy Davis standing there, looking shocked at being caught like that. She grabbed a towel and ran into the bathroom," said a longtime friend of Peter's, recalling an incident that remained in his mind after Nancy became the first lady. She was single at the time and there was nothing wrong with the affair except for the embarrassment at its memory after her life changed radically. He explained that his son became friends with Ron Reagan, Jr., and he always had the feeling that Nancy was afraid he would reveal the incident.

I can remember when Peter was watching the news right after Reagan was elected. He went over to the set, laughing and calling Mrs. Reagan a vulgar name. I was shocked and wanted to know what was bothering him. He laughed again and said that when she was single, Nancy Davis was known for giving
the best head in Hollywood.

Then Peter told of driving to the Phoenix area with Nancy and Bob Walker. Nancy would visit her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Loyal Davis, while Peter and Walker picked up girls at Arizona State University in Tempe, a Phoenix suburb. He claimed that she entertained them orally on those trips, apparently playing with whichever man was not driving at the moment. I have no idea if Peter was telling the truth, though I have to assume that he was because Peter was not one to gossip. When it came to both the good and bad qualities of the people he had known over the years, he was always brutally frank and honest.

Both Peter and Bob Walker are dead now, but in researching for this book, the business with Walker was repeatedly mentioned by oldtime Hollywood friends of them both. Checking the fan magazines and publicity releases, Nancy Davis was known to have been dating men such as Walker. However, by the time she was engaged, the studios had even restored her virginity. An effort was made to give the impression that she had been working so hard on her career that she had had no time for men until Ronald Reagan came along. Care was also taken to avoid mentioning his divorce from Jane Wyman.

The deeply loving relationship between Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis Reagan has never been questioned. But the Hollywood version of their lives before they fell in love differed greatly from the truth."

I have several questions about this passage.

Was Patricia Seaton Lawford ready to die for this book? I mean, this was published in 1988, while Nancy Reagan, who had a lot of influence over the Reagan administration, was still the First Lady. D'you think the White House got a call from the publisher?

Will we ever see someone publish something like this about a First Spouse again? (In an actual book, anyway?)

Seaton Lawford must have held court at family reunions, right? Check the shade of her fact-checking "the business with Walker".

How many copies does this book sell if it's got a bit about Ronald's proclivities instead? How many does it sell if it's about Rosalynn Carter?

If you allegedly gave the best head in Hollywood in the '40's, does that mean you could hang with the best in the world now, or was it an unqualified community of reviewers?