In an all-but-forgotten B-movie The Next Voice You Hear... (1950), a pregnant housewife—played by Nancy Davis shortly before she became Nancy Reagan—finds her suburban life disrupted when God's voice interrupts a normally-scheduled radio program. Amusingly, Nancy's character asks whether God was perhaps an on-air sponsor.
By the looks of an upcoming auction at Christie's, that voice continued to speak to Nancy and insisted that she acquire as much tableware as possible. "The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan," which runs September 19 to 20 (with an online extension through the 28th), features a mind-boggling array of dinner services, glassware, side plates, flatware and serving trays. In the virtual component alone, you'll find nine lots devoted to table linens—four of them embroidered, one appliqued, one monogrammed.
Indeed, according to Anne Edwards' biography The Reagans: Portrait of a Marriage, one of the first things Nancy did upon becoming First Lady was reach out to Lenox about replacing the White House china with a new set of 4,324 pieces, and a price tag upward of $200,000. (And that's the discounted price!) To her credit, the bill didn't fall to the Reagans or the public. Instead, an organization called the Friends of Reagan picked up the tab.