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Nancy Anne Fleming (born ca. 1942) won the Miss America crown in 1961.[1]

A native of Montague, Michigan, Fleming competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Michigan. She competed in Miss Michigan as Miss White Lake[2].

She later worked in the entertainment industry, as a program host and interviewer for ABC-TV, Cable Health Network (now Lifetime) and PBS. In 1978 she married radio and television personality, Jim Lange (The Dating Game).

More recently Fleming has worked as a gardener (she has a certificate in gardening from the University of California) and television interviewer. In 2004 she volunteered for Howard Dean's attempted nomination for president and has remained involved with politics as a large donor for the United States Democratic Party.

Recently retired from a successful career as a program host and interviewer for ABC-TV, Cable Health Network (now Lifetime) and PBS, Nancy remains active with community and political volunteer activities. Certified as a University of California Master Gardener in 1992, Nancy works on projects involving habitat restoration, school and community gardens and the promotion of non-toxic gardening alternatives. Ms. Fleming Os diverse interests include hiking, reading, garden design, continuing education programs and travel. In preparation for a vacation in Italy, Nancy began studying Italian language, history and culture. She has currently completed six college semesters and has participated in home-stay language immersion courses in Sienna and Venice, Italy.

Nancy has been married to radio and television personality, Jim Lange (The Dating Game) since 1978 and has two adult children from a previous marriage who share her passion for lifetime education. Her daughter, Ingrid, has a master's degree in psychology (Marriage and Family Counseling) and a law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and is an attorney practicing Family Law. Her son, Steig, received a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin, and is currently working in Madagascar, Africa for the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. Her daughter-in-law, Avri Beard, is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology of Latin America at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her children, Nancy feels blessed to have three wonderful stepchildren, Nick, Romney, and Gavin Lange and two step-grandsons, Brendan and Travis.

Nancy is currently involved with the Howard Dean for President campaign in Marin County, California. Ms Fleming strongly opposes the Iraq war and is an outspoken proponent of gunlocks, handgun control and a woman's right-to-choose.


  1. ^ TIME
  2. ^ Welcome to the Official Miss Michigan Scholarship Program - proud to be a part of the Miss America Organization
Preceded by
Ann Penelope Marston
Miss Michigan
Succeeded by
Donna Sheppard Kickert
Preceded by
Lynda Lee Mead
Miss America
Succeeded by
Maria Fletcher

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