First Ladies

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The First Lady is a title normally used for the wife of the President of the United States though nowadays it is fashionable to refer to the spouses of the other heads of state too by this title. The term “First Lady” is so popular that recently it has led to the creation of the term “First Gentleman” as the title for the husband of state governors or state heads. If being the head of the state of is a responsible job, then being the wife of the head of the state is not a simple task either. As the spouse of the head of the state, there are various roles she has to play in the social and political scenario. Over the past several decades First Ladies have played the part of White House managers and hostesses. Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of President John F. Kennedy, was not just a great hostess who renovated the White House, but was also a fashion icon to America’s young women. The more recent First Ladies like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have taken up the roles of campaigners and social activists. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous First Ladies.

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Jackie Kennedy
(First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963)
Jackie Kennedy
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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.

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Michelle Obama
(First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017)
Michelle Obama
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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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Melania Trump
(Wife of Former US President, Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States (2017 - 2021) )
Melania Trump
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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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Eleanor Roosevelt
(Longest-Serving First Lady of The United States)
Eleanor Roosevelt
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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.

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Jill Biden
(First Lady of the United States)
Jill Biden
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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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Maria Shriver
(Former First Lady of California (2003 - 2011) and Ex-Wife of Actor 'Arnold Schwarzenegger')
Maria Shriver
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Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous American journalist, Maria Shriver, is recognised for her long association with NBC. Her documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project earned rave reviews and she later founded the nonprofit organization, 'The Women's Alzheimer's Movement'. As the former First Lady of California– she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the governor of California– she involved herself in numerous charity works.

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Barbara Bush
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President George H. W. Bush)
Barbara Bush
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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.

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Nancy Reagan
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Nancy Reagan
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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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Evita Peron
(First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952)
Evita Peron
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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.

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Laura Bush
(Wife of Former US President George W. Bush and First Lady of the United States (2001 - 2009))
Laura Bush
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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.

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Mary Todd Lincoln
(Wife of Former US President Abraham Lincoln and the First Lady of the United States (1861 - 1865))
Mary Todd Lincoln
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Birthdate: December 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 16, 1882

Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She played an important role during the American Civil War as she worked hard to keep the morale of the country high throughout the war. Mary invariably finds a place in stories and biographies written about Abraham Lincoln as she was seated next to him when he was killed.

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Ri Sol-ju
(First Lady of North Korea as the Wife of Leader Kim Jong-un)
Ri Sol-ju
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Birthdate: September 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pyongyang, North Korea
Ri Sol-ju is better known as the wife of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. She was made a “first lady” from a “comrade” in 2018. Although she appears at public events, not much is known about her personal life. She was previously a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra.
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Rosalynn Carter
(Former First Lady, Activist)
Rosalynn Carter
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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.

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Eva Braun
(Mistress and Later Wife of Adolf Hitler)
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.
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Betty Ford
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Betty Ford
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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.

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Lady Bird Johnson
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lady Bird Johnson
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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.

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Olena Zelenska
(First Lady)
Olena Zelenska
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Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
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Abigail Adams
(Wife of Former US President John Adams and First Lady of the United States (1797 - 1801))
Abigail Adams
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Birthdate: November 11, 1744
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 28, 1818

Abigail Adams was the closest advisor and wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. She is credited with influencing John Adams in many ways as the latter often sought the advice of his wife. Adams feature prominently in musicals, films, and TV series that discuss her husband. She has been portrayed by actresses like Laura Linney.

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Martha Washington
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President George Washington)
Martha Washington
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Birthdate: June 2, 1731
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chestnut Grove, Virginia, United States
Died: May 22, 1802

Martha Washington became the inaugural First Lady of the United States when her husband George Washington took office as the first President of the United States in 1789. She was the daughter of a wealthy man and was first married to Daniel Parke Custis, with whom she had four children. Following Custis’ death, she married George Washington.

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Pat Nixon
(First Lady of the United States from 1969 to 1974 as the Wife of President Richard Nixon)
Pat Nixon
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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.

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Mamie Eisenhower
(First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Mamie Eisenhower
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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.

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Asma al-Assad
(First Lady of Syria)
Asma al-Assad
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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.

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Ruth Williams Khama
(First Lady of Botswana as the Wife of 1st President Sir Seretse Khama)
Ruth Williams Khama
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Birthdate: December 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blackheath, London
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.
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Peng Liyuan
(Wife of Xi Jinping)
Peng Liyuan
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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.
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Edith Wilson
(First Lady of the United States)
Edith Wilson
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Birthdate: October 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Died: December 28, 1961
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Graça Machel
(First Lady of Mozambique (1975-1986), First Lady of South Africa (1998-1999))
Graça Machel
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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.

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Dolley Madison
(Wife of James Madison, the Fourth President of the United States)
Dolley Madison
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Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County
Died: July 12, 1849
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Frances Cleveland
(First Lady of the United States (1886-89, 1893-97))
Frances Cleveland
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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.
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Edith Roosevelt
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Edith Roosevelt
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Birthdate: August 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 30, 1948
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Karen Pence
(Wife of Former US Vice-President Mike Pence)
Karen Pence
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Birthdate: January 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas, United States
Former second lady of the United States, Karen Pence is the wife of Mike Pence who served as American President from 2017 to 2021. Karen also served as the first lady of Indiana from 2013 to 2017 during her husband's term as governor of the state. In 2019, she returned as a part-time art teacher for Immanuel Christian School.
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Soong May-ling
(First Lady of the Republic of China (1950 - 1975))
Soong May-ling
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Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: October 23, 2003
Soong May-ling was a Chinese political figure best remembered as the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. She played an important role in the politics of China and held several honorary and active positions. She also played a prominent role during the Second Sino-Japanese War, rallying several Chinese people against the invasion of the Japanese.  
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Angélica Rivera
(Former First Lady of Mexico, Telenovela actress)
Angélica Rivera
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Birthdate: August 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Matilda Cuomo
(Advocate)
Matilda Cuomo
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Birthdate: September 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Lou Henry Hoover
(First Lady of the United States 1929 – 1933)
Lou Henry Hoover
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Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Died: January 7, 1944
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Julia Grant
(U.S. First Lady)
Julia Grant
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Birthdate: January 26, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: December 14, 1902
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Mehriban Aliyeva
(Vice President of Azerbaijan)
Mehriban Aliyeva
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Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Mehriban Aliyeva is an Azerbaijani physician and politician. She is the current Vice President of Azerbaijan. The wife of Ilham Aliyev, Aliyeva is also the current First Lady of Azerbaijan. Mehriban Aliyeva is also the current Deputy Leader of the New Azerbaijan Party.

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Helen Herron Taft
(First Lady of the United States (1990-13))
Helen Herron Taft
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Birthdate: June 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: May 22, 1943
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Harriet Lane
(First Lady)
Harriet Lane
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Birthdate: May 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 3, 1903
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Madame Nhu
(First Lady of South Vietnam)
Madame Nhu
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Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanoi
Died: April 24, 2011
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Safia Farkash
(First Lady)
Safia Farkash
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Birthdate: May 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bayda, Libya
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Sajida Talfah
(Wife of Saddam Hussein)
Sajida Talfah
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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.

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Galina Lukashenko
(First Lady)
Galina Lukashenko
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Birthdate: January 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
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Bess Truman
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Bess Truman
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Birthdate: February 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: October 18, 1982
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Raisa Gorbacheva
(Russian Activist and Wife of the Former President of the Soviet Union ‘Mikhail Gorbachev’)
Raisa Gorbacheva
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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.  

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Sarah Childress Polk
(U.S. First Lady)
Sarah Childress Polk
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Birthdate: September 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14, 1891
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Elena Ceauşescu
(First Lady of Romania (1974 – 1989))
Elena Ceauşescu
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Birthdate: January 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petrești, Romania
Died: December 25, 1989

Elena Ceauşescu was a Romanian communist politician who served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of Romania from 29 March 1980 to 22 December 1989. She was also the First Lady of Romania from 28 March 1974 to 22 December 1989, during which her husband Nicolae Ceaușescu served as the first President of Romania.

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Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva
(First Lady of Russia from 2008 to 2012)
Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva
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Birthdate: March 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Sarah Kyolaba
(Idi Amin's 5th & last-surviving wife & First Lady of Uganda)
Sarah Kyolaba
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
Died: June 11, 2015
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Jane Pierce
(First lady)
Jane Pierce
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Birthdate: March 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 2, 1863
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Caroline Harrison
(First Lady)
Caroline Harrison
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Birthdate: October 1, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford, Ohio
Died: October 25, 1892