November 5, 1987 |
One Nancy Davis is married to the most influential man in the country, jets around the world in Air Force One and decks herself in the latest haute couture. Another Nancy Davis runs a snack bar at the Ventura harbor, wears a full-length apron and serves a tuna sandwich, named after her and garnished with onions and provolone cheese. Although their lives are pictures of disparity, their paths once crossed 35 years ago in an odd and fateful case of mistaken identity.
February 17, 1993 |
"The Race to Erase MS" attracted hundreds of friends of L.A.'s Nancy Davis to Aspen over Presidents' Day weekend for a round of activities that would have tried a triathlete. Davis, a 35-year-old mother of three, pulled it off as her response to discovering that she has multiple sclerosis. Though she had worked closely with her mother, Barbara Davis, founder of the Carousel Ball, this was Nancy Davis' first solo flight as chairwoman of a major event.
May 18, 2003 |
Celebs showcased rags by Tommy Hilfiger and the Four Tops crooned Motown, but it was an outspoken -- and angry -- Teri Garr who brought more than 1,000 guests to their feet at the 10th anniversary celebration of Race to Erase MS. Diagnosed several years ago with multiple sclerosis, she was so fearful of the prejudice toward her disease she'd tell friends, "I think I may have a touch of MS," she told the crowd gathered in the ballroom at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. No more.
June 17, 2001 |
INVITED TO: "Race to Erase MS" gala at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa to benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. * HOT STUFF: "I bid on a bunch of stuff I hope I don't get because I'll be really broke," says TV personality Daisy Fuentes, cruising the silent auction area wrapped in two pieces of Eduardo Lucero. Fuentes is merely one of the dozens of celebrities shuttling between the merchandise, the bar, and paying homage to the Davises (Barbara, Marvin and Nancy).
July 10, 2013 |
Thousands filled an arena, firetrucks from around the country flanked the streets, crowds stood in a parking lot under a blazing sun -- all gathered to honor the 19 firefighters killed as they battled the fast-moving Yarnell Hill fire. "Today, I think of them not as having fallen, but rather as having risen, risen far above any of us to a place of peace and comfort," said Marlin Kuykendall, mayor of Prescott, where the firefighters were based. In a ceremony Tuesday marked by tears, silence and bursts of heartfelt applause, the families of those killed were presented American and Arizona flags, as well as a bronzed Pulaski, the special ax-like tool used by wildland firefighters.
May 18, 1999 |
The day Nancy Davis was told she had multiple sclerosis, she didn't feel like a lucky girl. "You're a lucky girl," she heard the doctor saying, as she sat in his office in Santa Monica, fighting back tears. What on Earth was he talking about? she wondered. He was pointing at her charcoal-colored X-rays, tracing circles around the cloud-like spots on her brain and spinal cord that were causing her hands to go numb and her vision to blur.