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.

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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

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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

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
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

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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.

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 5 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Famous As: Former 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.

 6 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.

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 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 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
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 9 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.

 10 Laura Bush

Laura Bush.
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Midland, Texas

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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 11 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
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky
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.

 12 Ri Sol-ju

Ri Sol-ju.
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Famous As: Kim Jong-un's Wife
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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 13 Brigitte Macron

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Famous As: First Lady of France
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. 

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams.
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Famous As: Second First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: November 11, 1744
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenville
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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 17 Martha Washington

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Birthdate: June 2, 1731
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chestnut Grove, New Kent County, Colony of Virginia
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.

 18 Lyudmila Putina

Lyudmila Putina.
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Russia
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.
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 19 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.

 20 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.

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 21 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.

 22 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.
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 23 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.

 24 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.

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 25 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.

 26 Frances Cleveland

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: July 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
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.

 27 Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison.
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Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County
Died: July 12, 1849

 28 Hillary Clinton

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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
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.

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 29 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

 30 Soong May-ling

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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Empire of the Great Qing, 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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 31 Lou Henry Hoover

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Famous As: U.S. First Lady, Philanthropist
Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Died: January 7, 1944

 32 Olena Zelenska

Olena Zelenska
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
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 33 Julia Grant

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

 34 Madame Nhu

Madame Nhu
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Famous As: First Lady of South Vietnam
Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanoi
Died: April 24, 2011

 35 Safia Farkash

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

 36 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.  

 37 Mehriban Aliyeva

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

 38 Keiko Fujimori

Keiko Fujimori
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 39 Helen Herron Taft

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: June 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: May 22, 1943

 40 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

 41 Julia Tyler

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Famous As: Former First Lady of United States
Birthdate: May 4, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gardiner's Island, New York, US
Died: July 10, 1889

 42 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

 43 Bess Truman

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

 44 Susanne Laschet

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

 45 Ngina Kenyatta

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

 46 Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: October 1, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford, Ohio
Died: October 25, 1892

 47 Margaret Kenyatta

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

 48 Sarah Childress Polk

Sarah Childress Polk
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: September 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14, 1891

 49 Galina Lukashenko

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

 50 Eliza McCardle Johnson

Eliza McCardle Johnson
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Famous As: U.S. First Lady
Birthdate: October 4, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Telford, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 15, 1876
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