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Former first lady Nancy Reagan is seen last Sept. 17 at an award dinner in Washington, D.C.
updated 10/15/2008 6:49:43 PM ET 2008-10-15T22:49:43

Nancy Reagan suffered a broken pelvis in a fall at her home and will be hospitalized for several days, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The 87-year-old former first lady fell last week, spokeswoman Joanne Drake said. She did not seek immediate medical care but decided Monday to get checked out because of persistent pain, Drake said.

Doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center determined she had a fractured pelvis and sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spinal column.

"She's in some pain but in very good spirits," Drake said.

Mrs. Reagan was undergoing physical therapy but surgery won't be required, Drake said. She will be hospitalized "for a few days — until doctors are satisfied with her progress — and then return home," Drake said in a statement.

Recovery is expected within six to eight weeks, she said.

Mrs. Reagan apparently got up in middle of the night and fell after twisting on her leg at her home in Bel-Air.

She was hospitalized three days in February after a similar fall at the hillside home she shared with President Reagan after their White House years. It was initially feared Mrs. Reagan broke her hip in that fall, but tests determined there was no fracture.

Reagan died June 5, 2004, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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  1. Actor turned politician

    A young Ronald Reagan shakes hands with a convention-goer at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami. Reagan lost his party's nomination for president that year to Richard Nixon. (Pictorial Parade / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. On the trail

    Ronald Reagan campaigns for president in 1980 with his wife Nancy by his side. Nancy was one most central figures in Ronald Reagan’s political career. (MPI via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Debate denied

    Supporters of third party presidential candidate John Anderson protest outside the Cleveland Convention Center on Oct. 28, 1980. Anderson was not invited inside the convention hall where Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan squared off in a televised presidential debate. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The 40th president

    Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1981. Reagan won the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Hostages freed

    As Ronald Reagan took the oath of office, Iran coordinated the release of dozens of Americans held hostage for 444 days. Iranian militants took the Americans captive after storming the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979. (Express via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Reagan shot

    President Reagan is hit by one of six bullets fired by John Hinckley outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. Reagan was hospitalized for 12 days following the assassination attempt. (Mike Evens / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Historic nomination

    Reagan becomes the first president to nominate a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the High Court. Reagan and the new nominee strolll through the Rose Garden of the White House on July 15, 1981. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Air traffic strike

    Ronald Reagan fires thousand of striking air traffic controllers who were threatening to shut down the nation's airlines. This photo was taken along a picket line in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. on Aug. 5, 1981. (David Handschuh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Social Security reform

    Alan Greenspan (far left), Sen. Bob Dole (center left), President Reagan (center) and House Speaker Thomas ‘Tip’ O'Neill (right) attend the signing ceremony on April 20, 1983 for the bill enactng financial reforms to the Social Security program. (Barry Thumma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Marines attacked

    A Hezbollah terrorist drove a truck loaded with TNT into an American Marine barracks near the Beirut airport in Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1983. The attack killed 241 marines and sailors. This photo shows British soldiers helping a victim of the deadly attack. President Reagan called the bombing a ‘despicable act.’ (Bill Foley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Grenada invasion

    Two U.S. soldiers stand guard over three prisoners in Grenada. The Reagan administration ordered the invasion of the island of Grenada on Oct. 25, 1983 to overthrow its Marxist government. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Reagan re-elected

    Ronald Reagan and Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale shake hands at a presidential debate on Oct. 21, 1984. Reagan beat Mondale in a landslide in the 1984 presidential election. (Ron Edmonds / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Strong allies

    Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wave to photographers at Camp David on Dec. 22, 1984. Reagan considered Thatcher one of his closest advisers. (UPI via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Reagan's men

    Ronald Reagan (left), Secretary of State George Shultz (center) and Vice President George Bush (right) walk through the White House on Jan. 8, 1985. (Barry Thumma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A-OK

    In this July 18, 1985 photo, President Ronald Reagan gives an ‘OK’ sign from the window of his hospital room at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Reagan was in the hospital to have a polyp removed from his intestines. (Dennis Cook / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Challenger explodes

    The space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 28, 1986. The destruction of the shuttle killed seven astronauts. In an address to the nation following the tragedy, President Reagan said the astronauts 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.' (Bruce Weaver / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. America attacks Libya

    This is the scene in Tripoli, Libya, on April 15, 1986, after an attack by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. President Reagan ordered the retaliation on Libyan terrorists following the bombing of a West Berlin disco in which two American servicemen were killed. (Merliac and Redman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Iran-Contra

    Lt. Colonel Oliver North is sworn in at a Congressional hearing on arms sales to Iran and diversion of profits to Nicaraguan Contra rebels. The Iran-Contra scandal erupted into a crisis for the Reagan administration resulting in the resignation of Admiral John Poindexter as the president's National Security Advisor and the dismissal of North from the National Security Council Staff. (Chris Wilkins / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Black Monday

    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange work frantically as panic selling swept Wall Street on Oct. 19, 1987. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 508 points. In the days following the crash, President Reagan assured the country that 'the underlying economy remains sound.' (Peter Morgan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Reagan diplomacy

    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan check their watches in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House on Dec. 9. 1987. Reagan met with Gorbachev after signing the INF treaty which eliminated intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear missiles. (Bill Fitz-Patrick / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Papal visit

    Pope John Paul II walks with President Reagan in Miami on Sept. 10, 1987. The president met with the pope on four separate occasions while in office. (Scott Stewart / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. AIDS epidemic

    President Reagan, the first lady and Elizabeth Taylor stand backstage at an AIDS research conference in Washington, D.C. on May 31, 1987. The Reagan administration was sharply criticized for what some called its slow response to the AIDS outbreak in America in the early 1980s. (Ronald Reagan Library via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. 'Just Say No'

    First lady Nancy Reagan speaks at an Indiana Pacers basketball game on Feb. 4, 1988. Mrs. Reagan was one of the most visible figures in the 'Just Say No' campaign against drugs. (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Terror in Lockerbie

    This Dec. 22, 1988 photo shows the wreckage of a Pan Am airliner that exploded and crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libyan terrorists were blamed for bombing the plane and killing 270 people on board. (Letkey / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. On the ranch

    President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan ride horses at their ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The Reagans returned to the ranch after eight year in the White House. (Express via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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