Famous 20th Century First Ladies

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 1 Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
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: Former First Lady of the United States
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.

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 3 Melania Trump

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.

 4 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

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.

 5 Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the U.S
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flushing
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 Evita Peron

Evita Peron
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
Died: July 26, 1952

 7 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.

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 8 Eva Braun

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.

 9 Laura Bush

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 Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, U.S.
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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Pat Nixon

Pat Nixon
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Famous As: Wife of Former US President Richard Nixon
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.

 14 Mamie Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
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.

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 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

 20 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Former 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.

 21 Safia Farkash

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

 22 Mehriban Aliyeva

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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 Susanne Laschet

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

 26 Galina Lukashenko

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

 27 Raisa Gorbacheva

Raisa Gorbacheva
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Famous As: First Lady of U.S.S.R
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rubtsovsk
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.  

 28 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

 29 Agnese Landini

Agnese Landini
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: November 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy

 30 Ngina Kenyatta

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

 31 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

 32 Margaret Kenyatta

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

 33 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

 34 Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 35 Auxillia Mnangagwa

Auxillia Mnangagwa
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mazowe, Zimbabwe

 36 Anna Hakobyan

Anna Hakobyan
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

 37 Leïla Ben Ali

Leïla Ben Ali
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: October 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia

 38 Latife Uşaki

Latife Uşaki
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: İzmir, Turkey
Died: July 12, 1975

 39 Carmen Polo

Carmen Polo
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain
Died: February 6, 1988

 40 Bun Rany

Bun Rany
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Krouch Chhmar, Cambodia

 41 Chantal Biya

Chantal Biya
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: December 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dimako, Cameroon

 42 Sandra Roelofs

Sandra Roelofs
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Famous As: Former First Lady
Birthdate: December 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terneuzen, Netherlands

 43 Fatima Maada Bio

Fatima Maada Bio
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: November 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Koidu Town, Sierra Leone

 44 Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara

Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: December 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria

 45 Simone Duvalier

Simone Duvalier
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Famous As: Haitian first lady
Birthdate: March 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Léogâne Arrondissement, Haiti
Died: December 26, 1997

 46 Wang Guangmei

Wang Guangmei
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: October 13, 2006

Wang Guangmei was a Chinese philanthropist and politician best known as the wife of Liu Shaoqi. Since her husband served as the president of China from 1959 to 1968, Wang served as the First Lady. She came to be known as China's beautiful and articulate first lady and traveled widely along with her husband.

 47 Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib

Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh
Died: August 15, 1975

 48 Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Shiranthi Rajapaksa
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Famous As: Child Psychologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Badulla, Sri Lanka

 49 Ida Odinga

Ida Odinga
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Famous As: Businesswoman, Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya

 50 Rosario Ferré

Rosario Ferré
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: February 18, 2016