Nancy Christy, a middle school teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a contestant on the U.S. version of the show on May 7-8, 2003. She became the first woman to win a million dollars on the show on May 9, 2003, and was also the last million dollar winner for six years until Sam Murray won the Tournament of Ten on November 20, 2009.
|$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed|
|What movie features a singing group known as The von Trapp Family Singers?|
|• A: Almost Famous||• B: The Sound of Music|
|• C: Funny Girl||• D: Grumpy Old Men|
|$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed|
|The front of an aircraft is often referred to as its what?|
|• A: Nose||• B: Mouth|
|• C: Chest||• D: Chin|
|$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed|
|On a classic TV sitcom, earthling Mindy McConell lives with an alien named what?|
|• A: ALF||• B: Uncle Martin|
|• C: Spock||• D: Mork|
|$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed|
|Native to Australia, the emu is what type of animal?|
|• A: Snake||• B: Bird|
|• C: Goat||• D: Fish|
|$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed|
|William Masters and Virginia Johnson are best known for their pioneering studies on what subject?|
|• A: Human sexuality||• B: Depression|
|• C: Preschool education||• D: Subliminal advertising|
|$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed|
|American composer John Philip Sousa is best known for writing what type of musical compositions?|
|• A: Polkas||• B: Ballads|
|• C: Waltzes||• D: Marches|
|$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed|
|"Piccolo" is an Italian word meaning which of the following?|
|• A: Fast||• B: Colorful|
|• C: Loud||• D: Small|
|$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed|
|Often found in health clubs, an "erg" machine simulates which of these activities? |
"Ask the Audience" and "50:50" lifelines used.
|• A: Cross-country skiing||• B: Swimming|
|• C: Rowing a boat||• D: Climbing|
|Ask the Audience Results: A: 18% • B: 8% • C: 45% • D: 29%|
|$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed|
|A 1939 treaty between the U.S.S.R. and Germany secretly laid the groundwork for the division of what country during WWII? |
"Phone-a-Friend" lifeline used.
|• A: Italy||• B: Poland|
|• C: France||• D: United Kingdom|
|Nancy did not know it and wishes she had been better at history, so she decided to call Angela, a fellow teacher. However, she failed to give an answer within the alloted time. Nancy then decided to guess B: Poland and was correct, winning $16,000. Then, the klaxon called time, and Nancy would return on $16,000 with no lifelines remaining.|
|$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed|
|In the 1964 musical "Fiddler on the Roof," what is Tevye's profession?|
|• A: Tailor||• B: Grocer|
|• C: Milkman||• D: Scholar|
|$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed|
|Amtrak's scenic "Coast Starlight" train service runs between which of these two U.S. cities?|
|• A: San Diego & New York||• B: Miami & Boston|
|• C: Houston & New Orleans||• D: Los Angeles & Seattle|
|$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed|
|Girl detective Nancy Drew made her debut in the 1930 book titled "The Secret of the" what?|
|• A: Haunted Museum||• B: Lost Diamond|
|• C: Ancient Treasure||• D: Old Clock|
|$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed|
|On the California coast, what kind of fish is known for coming ashore and laying its eggs on the beach?|
|• A: Pupfish||• B: Loach|
|• C: Grunion||• D: Sawfish|
|$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed|
|In 1957, Jorn Utzon won an international competition to design what architectural landmark?|
|• A: Sears Tower||• B: Sydney Opera House|
|• C: Seattle Space Needle||• D: Pompidou Center|
Nancy admitted she had no idea, but then said "[Winning] $500,000 would be just incredible." She then went for it, guessing B: Sydney Opera House.
Meredith: Oh, Nancy, oh gosh....you're one away from a million dollars!
|$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed|
|Who did artist Grant Wood use as the model for the farmer in his classic painting "American Gothic"?|
|• A: Traveling salesman||• B: Local sheriff|
|• C: His dentist||• D: His butcher|
|Nancy: I lived in Washington D.C. for a whole lot of years. I used to be a part of a performing group, and we opened up the show one time, with a diptych of American Gothic. And I was, you know, the lady in all of this. That was his sister, but the farmer was his dentist. C., and that's my final answer.
(A few people in the audience scream)
Meredith: We have our first woman as a millionaire!
Nancy Christy: Millionaire
- Just before Nancy left the stage, Meredith mentioned that she thought the contestant that was to follow Nancy would have a hard time on the seat.
- Meredith: It's gonna be hard for the next contestant who has to come out and follow you.
- Nancy: Oh gosh.
- This next contestant, Armand Kachigian, climbed his way up the money tree and got to the million dollar question. No contestant that followed a million dollar winner had ever performed this well, and most remarkably, the show had never had back-to-back million dollar winners. However, this streak continues to this day, as Armand decided to walk away with $500,000.
- Nancy appeared as one of the "Three Wise Men" during the first episode of Super Millionaire. Alongside Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Anthony DeCurtis, she helped Todd Kim answer his $500,000 question.
- Nancy also appeared on GSN's 2007 gameshow Grand Slam. Seeded ninth into the tournament, she lost to fellow Millionaire contestant Ogi Ogas in the first round.
|U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
|U.S. Top Prize Winner
|Super Millionaire Three Wise Men
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dr. Abby Salny
Dr. Drew Pinsky