Nancy Fleming

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Nancy Fleming
Nancy Anne Fleming

(1942-05-20) May 20, 1942 (age 77)
Alma materMichigan State University
TitleMiss America 1961
PredecessorLynda Lee Mead
SuccessorMaria Fletcher
William Frederic Johnson
(m. 1963; div. 1973)

Jim Lange
(m. 1978; died 2014)

Nancy Anne Fleming (born May 20, 1942) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss America 1961 on September 10, 1960.[1]


Fleming graduated from Michigan State University in 1964 and earned a teaching certificate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. She is listed as one of Michigan State University's "Accomplished Women Graduates." [2] During her freshman year at MSU, she lived in West Landon Hall on the North Campus, a dormitory for women. Her time at the school was sometimes troubled. Later, she said, "I felt like a freak at MSU. I had just been on television three days before and I entered with a lot of fanfare. There was a lot of weirdness and rudeness. I was pointed out and stared at. It was really creepy."[3]


A native of Montague, Michigan, Fleming competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Michigan.[4] She competed in Miss Michigan as Miss White Lake.[5]


Before entering show business, Fleming worked as an elementary school teacher.[6]

She later worked in the entertainment industry, as a program host and interviewer for ABC-TV, Cable Health Network (now Lifetime) and PBS.

She appeared in an episode of The Love Boat in 1984, along with Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943; Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957; and Vanessa L. Williams, Miss America 1984.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to radio and television personality, Jim Lange, until his death in 2014.[5]

She has two children from her previous marriage to William Frederic Johnson, Ingrid and Steig.[6] She also has three stepchildren from her marriage to Lange; Nick, Romney, and Gavin.


  1. ^ "People". TIME Magazine. September 26, 1960. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Accomplished Women Graduates of MSU". MSU Archives. March 22, 2011.
  3. ^ LeMieux, Dave (September 9, 2013). "Lookback: Montague's Miss America". Muskegon Chronicle. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved July 22, 2015 – via
  4. ^ "Our Former Miss Michigans". Miss Michigan Scholarship Program. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Champion, Brandon (June 20, 2015). "55 years after Miss America crown, Muskegon County native still taking risks". Muskegon Chronicle. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved July 22, 2015 – via
  6. ^ a b Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lynda Lee Mead
Miss America
Succeeded by
Maria Fletcher
Preceded by
Ann Penelope Marston
Miss Michigan
Succeeded by
Donna Sheppard Kickert