Nancy Ann Fleming (Miss White Lake) becomes Miss America

Nancy Ann FlemingNancy Fleming enjoyed a successful career as a television program host and interviewer and remains active with 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's 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. After studying at a local community college, she participated in home-stay language immersion courses in Sienna and Venice, Italy.

Nancy is currently involved in a Marin Master Gardeners program that provides scholarships for outdoor educationto second-graders. She is also an active member of the Museo Italo-Americano, a San Francisco museum featuring the work of Italian and Italian American artists. In her lifetime, Ms. Fleming hopes to see an America at peace that embraces universal healthcare, freedom of reproductive choice for all women, and the repeal of laws banning same-sex marriage and adoption rights.

Ms. Fleming 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. Nancy's daughter, Ingrid Carbone, has a master's degree in psychology (Marriage and Family Counseling) and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and is an attorney practicing Family Law in California. Her son, Steig Johnson, received a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a professor of Primatology and Biological Anthropology at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. In addition to her children, Nancy feels blessed to have two adorable grandchildren, Heath and Claire Carbone, three terrific stepchildren, Nick, Romney, and Gavin and "awesome" step-grandsons, Brendan and Travis Lange.

(Courtesy Miss America)