February 24, 2013 is definitely a footnote for FLOTUS history.
Tonight’s surprise appearance by incumbent First Lady Michelle Obama announcing the winner of the 2013 Best Picture of the Year Academy Award by live remote from the White House was indeed a first, technically, although….
On and off for a decade, from the early 1950s to the early 1960s, the future First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan, a working Hollywood actress and her husband and fellow actor, future President Ronald Reagan were in regular appearance. In fact, as the incumbent President and First Lady, Ronald and Nancy Reagan were scheduled to attend the 1981 Oscars, but the assassination attempt on his life that March prevented their returning to Los Angeles for the event.
And in 1966, the only First Daughter known to attend the Oscars, Lynda Bird Johnson made her appearance on the arm of her then-boyfriend, actor George Hamilton. It was the cherry on top of a whirlwind romance, including dates at Mardi Gras and some heavy-tanning time on an Acapulco vacation.
- The Reagans Host Old Hollywood & New “Royalty” at the White House (carlanthonyonline.com)
- Michelle Obama Surprise Appearance at the Oscars (patterico.com)
- Michelle Obama announces Best Picture winner, ‘Argo,’ during Oscar ceremony (timescolonist.com)