First Ladies

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.

 1 Melania Trump

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Hillary Clinton

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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

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 3 Jackie Kennedy

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Famous As: Publisher, U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 19, 1994
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 5 Michelle Obama

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 6 Brigitte Macron

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Famous As: First Lady of France
Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

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. 

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 7 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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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 8 Nancy Reagan

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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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 9 Eva Perón

Eva Perón
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: July 26, 1952

 10 Eva Braun

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Birthdate: February 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
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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 11 Barbara Bush

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the U.S
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 12 Laura Bush

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 13 Lady Bird Johnson

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 14 Rosalynn Carter

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Famous As: Former First Lady, Activist
Birthdate: August 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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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 15 Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 16 Frances Cleveland

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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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 17 Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams
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Famous As: Second First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 11, 1744
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 28, 1818

 18 Betty Ford

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 2011
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 19 Pat Nixon

Pat Nixon
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Famous As: Wife of Former US President Richard Nixon
Birthdate: March 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 22, 1993

 20 Martha Washington

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Birthdate: June 2, 1731
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1802
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 21 Ri Sol-ju

Ri Sol-ju
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Famous As: Kim Jong-un's Wife
Birthdate: September 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: North Korean

 22 Mamie Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: November 1, 1979
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 23 Ruth Williams Khama

Ruth Williams Khama
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Botswana
Birthdate: December 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Botswanan
Died: May 22, 2002

 24 Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan
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Famous As: Wife of Xi Jinping
Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese
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 25 Bess Truman

Bess Truman
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 1982

 26 Dolley Madison

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Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1849
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 27 Sajida Talfah

Sajida Talfah
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Famous As: Wife of Saddam Hussein
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Iraqi

 28 Asma al-Assad

Asma al-Assad
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Famous As: First Lady of Syria
Birthdate: August 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Syrian, British
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 29 Julia Grant

Julia Grant
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: January 26, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1902

 30 Edith Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: August 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 30, 1948
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 31 Soong May-ling

Soong May-ling
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Chinese
Died: October 23, 2003

 32 Julia Tyler

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Famous As: Former First Lady of United States
Birthdate: May 4, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 10, 1889
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 33 Moza bint Nasser

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Famous As: First Lady of Qatar
Birthdate: August 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Qatari

 34 Harriet Lane

Harriet Lane
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: May 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 3, 1903
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 35 Helen Herron Taft

Helen Taft
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: June 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1943

 36 Letitia Christian Tyler

Letitia Christian Tyler
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Famous As: First lady
Birthdate: November 12, 1790
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 10, 1842

 37 Sarah Childress Polk

Sarah Polk
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: September 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 14, 1891

 38 Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: October 1, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 25, 1892

 39 Jane Pierce

Jane Pierce
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Famous As: First lady
Birthdate: March 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 2, 1863

 40 Elizabeth Monroe

Elizabeth Monroe
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 30, 1768
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 23, 1830

 41 Anna Harrison

Anna Harrison
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Famous As: Former First Lady of America
Birthdate: July 25, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 25, 1864

 42 Madame Nhu

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Famous As: First Lady of South Vietnam
Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, Vietnamese
Died: April 24, 2011

 43 Abigail Fillmore

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Famous As: First Lady of America
Birthdate: March 13, 1798
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 30, 1853

 44 Carmen Polo, 1st Lady of Meirás

Carmen Polo, 1st Lady of Meirás
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: June 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Spanish
Died: February 6, 1988

 45 Nell Arthur

Nell Arthur
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Famous As: Chester A. Arthur's wife
Birthdate: August 30, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 1880

 46 Simone Duvalier

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

 47 Claude Pompidou

Claude Pompidou
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: November 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: July 3, 2007

 48 Wang Guangmei

Wang Guangmei
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Chinese
Died: October 13, 2006

 49 Raisa Gorbacheva

Raisa Gorbacheva
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Famous As: First Lady of U.S.S.R
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: September 20, 1999

 50 Rosario Ferré

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Died: February 18, 2016
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