Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady of the United States and a tireless advocate for mental health and human rights, passed away peacefully at her home in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the age of 96. She was surrounded by her loving family.
In 1982, daughter Amy Carter served as a Senate page at just 14. Despite her young age, Amy had already experienced a unique chapter of life in the political spotlight during her father’s presidency, and this clip from Late Night proves just that.
With a charming reserve and gentle demeanor, Amy graciously navigates through David Letterman’s barrage of playful inquiries, a majority of which revolve around her famous parents and her unique childhood in the White House. In a comedic pursuit, Letterman attempts to coax Amy into sharing any mischievous escapades from her time in the presidential residence. To the audience’s amusement, he then announces an impromptu call to Amy’s mother to quiz her about Amy’s dress and even cheekily asks if she’s aware of “the window sill” incident.
Mrs. Carter was a devoted wife to her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, for 77 years. She was also a constant source of support and guidance throughout his political career, serving as his closest advisor and confidante.
As First Lady from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter broke new ground by actively participating in her husband’s administration. She championed a number of important causes, including mental health reform, human rights, and women’s equality.
In particular, she was instrumental in establishing the President’s Commission on Mental Health, which led to major breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. She also traveled extensively abroad to promote human rights and empower women around the world.
After leaving the White House, Mrs. Carter continued her work on behalf of these and other important causes. She and her husband founded the Carter Center in 1982, which has become one of the world’s leading organizations for promoting peace, health, and human rights.
Mrs. Carter was a true humanitarian who dedicated her life to helping others. She was a role model for women and girls everywhere, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Here are some of her most notable achievements:
Originally published November 20, 2023