Barbara Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush grew up in Rye, N.Y., only a few miles down the Long Island Sound from George's childhood hometown of Greenwich, Conn. She was an outgoing, witty girl. At Christmas vacation, Barbara met George Bush; she was 16, he was 17. Later, she attended Smith College for one year, but dropped out to marry her high-school sweetheart. Since then, Mrs. Bush has followed her husband around the globe and has become one of the country's most popular First Ladies ever.