Imelda Marcos Fast Facts

Former first lady Imelda Marcos talks at her apartment in Manila in 2007. For 20 years as first lady of the Philippines she lived a fairytale existence only to see it all disappear in a whirlwind of public outrage over the greed and excesses of the Marcos years. Through it all Imelda rode the storm.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos.


Birth date: July 2, 1929
    Birth place: Manila, Philippines (some sources say Leyte Province)
    Birth name: Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez
    Father: Vicente Orestes Romualdez
    Mother: Remedios Trinidad
    Marriage: Ferdinand Marcos (May 1, 1954-September 28, 1989, his death)
    Children: Irene, Ferdinand Jr. "Bongbong" and Imee

    Other Facts

    Her nickname in the Philippines was the "Iron Butterfly."
    Wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years until he was ousted in 1986.
    The Marcos family was accused of stealing billions of dollars from the Philippine people during Ferdinand's presidency.
    Famous for her lavish spending while first lady. At the time of husband's ouster from office in 1986, she left over 1,000 pairs of shoes and more than 800 purses behind when fleeing to Hawaii.


    1954 - Imelda marries Ferdinand Marcos 11 days after meeting him.
    December 30, 1965 - Marcos becomes First Lady of the Philippines at her husband's presidential inauguration.
    September 21, 1972 - President Marcos signs a martial law decree, which he publicly declares two days later.
    December 7, 1972 - Is stabbed in her arms and hands during an assassination attempt by Carlito Dimahilig.
    1975-1986 - Appointed governor of Metropolitan Manila.
    1978-1986 - Appointed Minister of Human Settlements.
    January 17, 1981 - President Marcos lifts martial law.
    February 1986 - The Marcos family flees to Hawaii after the Filipino people oust Ferdinand Marcos from office. He dies three years later in exile.
    1990 - Marcos goes on trial in New York for racketeering. The charges allege she stole from the Philippines National Bank and invested the money in the United States. She is later acquitted of the charges.
    November 4, 1991 - Marcos returns from exile to the Philippines and is arrested the next day for tax fraud and corruption. She is released on bail.
    1992 - After returning to the Philippines, Marcos runs unsuccessfully for president.
    1993 - Goes on trial in the Philippines for corruption and is found guilty.
    1995-1998 - Serves in the Philippines House of Representatives.
    February 7, 1998 - Declares her intent to run for president.
    April 29, 1998 - Withdraws from the presidential race.