1961 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1961: Nancy Ann Fleming, Miss Michigan
1st runner-up: Suzanne Maria Reamo, Miss California
2nd runner-up: Ann Farrington Herring, Miss North Carolina
3rd runner-up: Ruth Rea, Miss District of Columbia
4th runner-up: Tommye Lou Glaze, Miss Indiana
Nancy Fleming, Miss Michigan, was named Miss America 1961 in September 1960 by her predecessor, Lynda Lee Mead, Miss America 1960. She was a double preliminary winner, walking away with trophies in the swimsuit and talent competitions earlier that week.
As her reign closed, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1962, Maria Beale Fletcher, of North Carolina.
Nancy went on to earn her college degree and became a successful television personality, hosting “A Whole New You”, “A.M. San Francisco”, “Heartbeat of the City”, and “Sewing Today”.
She married television host Jim Lange and has has two children from a previous marriage.