Famous 20th Century First Ladies

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 1 Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

 2 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (2009-17)
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wife of the former U.S President, Barack Obama, and one of the most popular First Ladies of the United States, Michelle Obama is a celebrity in her own right. She is still very popular and is a sought-after speaker around the globe and often lends her voice to issues like poverty awareness, education, nutrition, women’s rights, immigration and racism.

 3 Melania Trump

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (2017-2021)
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novo mesto, Slovenia

A former model as well as timepiece and jewellery designer, Melania Trump is the wife of 45th US President Donald Trump and the current First Lady of the United States of America. The Slovenian-American is only the second foreign born and the first naturalized citizen to hold the title.

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 4 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Famous As: Longest-Serving First Lady of The United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 5 Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush
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Famous As: First lady of the United States (1989-1993)
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2018

The first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st US President George H. W. Bush. She was also the mother of  George W. Bush, the 43rd president of US. As the first lady, she focused on family literacy and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

 6 Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

 7 Jill Biden

Jill Biden
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: June 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammonton, New Jersey, United States

The former Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is the wife of Joe Biden, the 2020 presidential candidate. A passionate educator who is also fiercely independent, Jill continued to work as a full-time professor even when she was the Second Lady.  A vocal supporter of community colleges, she has also been supportive of military families and cancer research.

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 8 Evita Peron

Evita Peron
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Famous As: Actress, First Lady of Argentina (1946-52)
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
Died: July 26, 1952

Evita Peron was an Argentine actress, activist, politician, and philanthropist. She is best remembered for her service as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. She also served as the President of a political party called Female Peronist Party. A staunch philanthropist, Evita Peron was the president of the Eva Perón Foundation, which operated from 1948 to 1955.

 9 Laura Bush

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States

Laura Bush is an American educator. She served as the First Lady of the US from 2001 to 2009, during which she encouraged education and helped advance women's causes through non-profit organizations. Regarded as one of the most famous American First Ladies, Laura Bush focused on raising awareness about malaria and HIV/AIDS.

 10 Lyudmila Putina

Lyudmila Putina
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Famous As: First Lady of Russia (2012-2013)
Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Lyudmila Putina was married to Russian president and former prime minister Vladimir Putin from 1983 to 2013. Their divorce was publicly announced on national TV, during the intermission of a ballet performance. She has been associated with programs developing the Russian language and was previously a flight attendant for Aeroflot.

 11 Eva Braun

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Birthdate: February 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: April 30, 1945
Eva Braun was a long-time companion of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. She was previously Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffman’s assistant. Hitler and Eva got married just 40 hours before committing suicide together. Eva apparently ingested cyanide, while Hitler shot himself, at the Führerbunker, as the Red Army marched into Berlin.

 12 Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (1963-69)
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, United States
Died: July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

 13 Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Activist
Birthdate: August 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia

Rosalynn Carter, served as the U.S. First Lady from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. She promoted human rights, peace, and mental health awareness. She was also an envoy to Latin America and launched Every Child By Two, a childhood immunization awareness program.

 14 Brigitte Macron

Brigitte Macron
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Famous As: Spouse of the President of France (Since 2017)
Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amiens, France

Wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron was, interestingly, her husband’s literature and theater teacher at Lycée la Providence. She was the chief strategist during Macron’s 2016-2017 election. Twenty-four years Macron’s senior, Brigitte, was to be the official “First Lady” of France, until a signature campaign thwarted such plans. 

 15 Betty Ford

Betty Ford
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 16 Pat Nixon

Pat Nixon
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Famous As: Wife of Richard Nixon and First Lady of the United States (1969-74)
Birthdate: March 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ely, Nevada, United States
Died: June 22, 1993

Pat Nixon was an American educator who served as the First Lady of the US from 1969 to 1974 during which she promoted several charitable causes. She is also one of the most traveled First Lady in the history of the United States, accompanying her husband Richard Nixon on his trips to the Soviet Union and China among other countries.

 17 Asma al-Assad

Asma al-Assad
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Famous As: First Lady of Syria
Birthdate: August 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Acton

Born to Syrian-origin parents in Britain, Asma al-Assad is now the First Lady of Syria, through her marriage to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. In 2021, an investigation related to her alleged involvement in war crimes in Syria was opened, which if proven could strip her of her British citizenship.

 18 Mamie Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (1953-1961)
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1, 1979

Mamie Eisenhower was the First Lady of the U.S. through her marriage to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her love for elegant attires got her featured on the New York Dress Institute’s list of the best-dressed women. She gave rise to the Mamie Look and the Mami Pink shade.

 19 Ruth Williams Khama

Ruth Williams Khama
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Botswana
Birthdate: December 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blackheath, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 22, 2002
Ruth Williams Khama served as the First Lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980. The wife of Seretse Khama, Ruth married Seretse at a time when inter-racial marriage was uncommon. Their wedding attracted huge media attention with some calling it one of the greatest love stories ever. Her marriage inspired films like A Marriage of Inconvenience and A United Kingdom.

 20 Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan
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Famous As: Wife of Xi Jinping
Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Linyi, China
Chinese folk singer Peng Liyuan, or The Peony Fairy, was already a star before she became China’s First Lady, as the wife of President Xi Jinping. She has been part of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and is known for her songs in support of the Communist Party.

 21 Graça Machel

Graça Machel
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Famous As: First Lady of Mozambique (1975-86), First Lady of South Africa (1998-99)
Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gaza Province, Mozambique

Graça Machel is known for her association with Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and has been the country’s first education minister. She has also been married to both former Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Through The Elders, she is devoted to working for women’s and children’s rights.

 22 Frances Cleveland

Frances Cleveland
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (1886-89, 1893-97)
Birthdate: July 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: October 29, 1947
Frances Cleveland became the youngest First Lady of the U.S., as the wife of President Grover Cleveland, at 21. Following the president’s death, she married Thomas J. Preston, Jr., becoming the first widow of a president to remarry. She opposed women’s suffrage and was part of the National Security League.

 23 Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Died: December 28, 1961

 24 Edith Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: August 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 30, 1948

 25 Angélica Rivera

Angélica Rivera
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Mexico, Telenovela actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 26 Matilda Cuomo

Matilda Cuomo
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: September 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 27 Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva

Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva
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Famous As: First Lady of Russia from 2008 to 2012
Birthdate: March 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia

 28 Mehriban Aliyeva

Mehriban Aliyeva
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 29 Sajida Talfah

Sajida Talfah
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Famous As: Wife of Saddam Hussein
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq

Married to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, Sajida Talfah was also his first cousin. Theirs was an arranged marriage fixed before the two were even 10. Fond of her luxurious lifestyle, Sajida also often mistreated her servants. She disappeared during the Gulf War, like many other fugitives.

 30 Helen Herron Taft

Helen Herron Taft
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States (1990-13)
Birthdate: June 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: May 22, 1943

 31 Harriet Lane

Harriet Lane
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: May 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 3, 1903

 32 Galina Lukashenko

Galina Lukashenko
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: January 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

 33 Lou Henry Hoover

Lou Henry Hoover
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States 1929 – 1933
Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Died: January 7, 1944

 34 Naina Yeltsina

Naina Yeltsina
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Russia
Birthdate: March 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Titovka, Russia

 35 Bess Truman

Bess Truman
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: February 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: October 18, 1982

 36 Sarah Kyolaba

Sarah Kyolaba
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Famous As: Idi Amin's 5th & last-surviving wife & First Lady of Uganda
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
Died: June 11, 2015

 37 Margaret Kenyatta

Margaret Kenyatta
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: April 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 38 Safia Farkash

Safia Farkash
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: May 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bayda, Libya

 39 Silvana López Moreira

Silvana López Moreira
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Famous As: First Lady of Paraguay
Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 40 Raisa Gorbacheva

Raisa Gorbacheva
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Famous As: Mikhail Gorbachev's wife
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rubtsovsk, Russia
Died: September 20, 1999

Raisa Gorbacheva was a Russian activist who was actively involved in the preservation of Russian cultural heritage, treatment programs for children suffering from blood cancer, and fostering of new talent. She was married to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and was one of the few wives of Soviet leaders to have a high-profile career of her own.  

 41 Susanne Laschet

Susanne Laschet
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Famous As: Armin Laschet's wife
Birthdate: May 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany

 42 Hillary Clinton

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Famous As: Former First Lady, 67th United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

 43 Kim Song-ae

Kim Song-ae
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Pyongan, North Korea
Died: August 31, 2014

 44 Fathia Nkrumah

Fathia Nkrumah
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El-Zaytoun, Egypt
Died: May 31, 2007

 45 Sally Hayfron

Sally Hayfron
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Famous As: First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1987 until her death in 1992
Birthdate: June 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: January 27, 1992

 46 Michèle Bennett

Michèle Bennett
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Famous As: First Lady of Haiti (27 May 1980 – 7 February 1986)
Birthdate: January 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port‑au‑Prince, Haiti

 47 Ngina Kenyatta

Ngina Kenyatta
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kiambu County, Kenya

 48 Chiang Fang-liang

Chiang Fang-liang
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: May 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orsha, Belarus
Died: December 15, 2004

 49 Jewel Taylor

Jewel Taylor
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zorzor, Lofa, Liberia

 50 Oei Hui-lan

Oei Hui-lan
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Semarang, Central Java, Dutch East Indies
Died: 1992 AD