Actors Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan hold their 9-month-old daughter Maureen Elizabeth, on Sept. 13, 1941, at their home in Hollywood, CA. SOURCE: AP

Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan were divorced before the Hollywood actor known as “Dutch” was cast as president of the United States, but during their seven-year marriage, the couple lived in a custom-built Hollywood Hills home with views of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

Now Wyman and Reagan’s former home is on the Los Angeles real estate market for a cool $10 million. And with the 2012 presidential election fast approaching, it looks like someone thought it was a good year to buy the former home of U.S. Commander in Chief No, 40; a sale is pending on the property after a more than $2 million price drop.

The 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom home at 9137 Cordell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069 is one thing, but it’s the luxe amenities that push the price up for this .72-acre property. The estate comes with a tennis court, pool, Balinese pool house and, most important, a 340-degree view of Los Angeles from the property’s private knoll that sits behind gates up a long driveway. There’s also a media room, library, indoor/outdoor spa and a large wine cellar.

Wyman died in 2007 at age 93, having gone on to many movie and television roles after her divorce from Reagan in 1948. In the Associated Press obituary, the Academy Award-winning actress was quoted about the role politics played in the dissolution of the marriage.

When she divorced him, she testified: ‘Politics built a barrier between us. I tried to make his interests mine, but finally there was nothing to sustain our marriage.’

Wyman was famously decorous about her marriage when Reagan became governor of California and later president.

‘It’s not because I’m bitter or because I don’t agree with him politically,’ Wyman said in a 1968 interview.

‘I’ve always been a registered Republican. But it’s bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that’s all. Also, I don’t know a damn thing about politics.’

It was a subject of interest because Reagan was the only divorced president, making Wyman the only ex-wife of a president. Reagan died at age 93 in 2004, after suffering from Alzheimer’s.


About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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