Neva Jane Langley

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Neva Jane Langley
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Neva Jane Langley

(1933-01-25)January 25, 1933
DiedNovember 18, 2012(2012-11-18) (aged 79)
EducationWesleyan College
OccupationTelevision celebrity
TitleMiss America 1953
PredecessorColleen Kay Hutchins
SuccessorEvelyn Ay
William A. Fickling Jr.
(m. 1955; her death in 2012)

Neva Jane Langley Fickling (January 25, 1933 – November 18, 2012) was an American beauty pageant queen.


Langley was born in Lakeland, Florida. As a college sophomore she transferred to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. While attending that college she became Miss Macon, Miss Georgia, and then Miss America 1953.[1]

Ms. Langley's first television appearance as Miss America was on What's My Line (September 14, 1952) as the mystery guest. She rode the grand prize most-beautiful float by a commercial firm, called "America The Beautiful", in the January 1, 1953 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.[2] During her reign as Miss America, she was hospitalized for one week with pneumonia.[3] She was also known for being the only Miss Georgia to win the Miss America pageant until Betty Cantrell was crowned Miss America 2016, sixty-three years later.

Personal life[edit]

Langley married insurance executive, William A. Fickling Jr., in 1955 and was the mother of four children (William, Jane, Julia and Roy).[3][4]

On November 18, 2012, Langley died of cancer at the age of 79.[5]


  1. ^ Associated Press (1952-09-25). "Home Town Gives Miss America Noisy Welcome". Sarasota Herald. p. 7.
  2. ^ Associated Press (1953-01-03). ""Miss America" Rides In Rose Parade". Sarasota Herald Tribune. p. 1.
  3. ^ 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.
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  5. ^ "Georgia's Only "Miss America" Neva Fickling Passes Away Sunday". 41 NBC. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colleen Kay Hutchins
Miss America
Succeeded by
Evelyn Ay
Preceded by
Carol Taylor
Miss Georgia
Succeeded by
Lucia Hutchinson