The daughter of old Washington and Diplomatic Society in the Nation’s Capitol, she graduated from The Holton-Arms School before going to Bennett College and finishing her last two years as one of Mrs. Harwood Kammerer’s chosen 12 American girls to live and study in Europe. Her performing career included the Broadway stage, television, recordings, supper clubs, and concerts. Her “on camera” television years included starring on NBC TV’s “That Was the Week That Was” as the show’s singing and acting signature “TW3 Girl”, 12 years as a guest headliner on Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace, The Tonight Show, and the gamut of star-hosted Variety Shows, i.e.; The Johnny Cash Show, Kraft Music Hall, Dean Martin Show, Bob Hope Show, Jerry Lewis Show, Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Andy Williams Show, Red Skelton, The Bell Telephone Hour, Laugh In and too many others to mention, until the late 70’s. She hosted her own “Nancy Ames Show”, a daily variety/talk show on the NBC affiliate, for five years when she moved to Houston.
It was then that she saw the need in America’s 4th largest city for a firm that could plan, manage, produce and direct turnkey events like those companies she interfaced with on her IBM and Kodak concert tours. Nancy is the creative force responsible for the direction in which Ward & Ames Special Events has evolved. Her forte is in the “big picture”—the overall architecture and design of the event at hand. Her college background in those two fields has served her well in being able to envision the “looks” that can transform empty spaces into decorative environs.
Her remodeling firm, Estate Restorations, was considered one of the most successful in Houston before she closed it to focus on the increasing demands in the event world. She is also a renowned gastronome winning Food & Wine Magazine’s top culinary award, Co-Founder of The Plumeria Society of America and a gardener specializing in orchids and other exotics (after ceding the vegetable gardening to her husband and partner Danny Ward). In 2002, she started her wine-related jewelry company Alfaro, A Nancy Ames Collection, for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. In 2008, she was inducted as a Chevalier in La Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Nancy served on numerous national, regional, and local Boards from 1975 to 2015 and is currently on several Advisory Boards. She donates her time and resources to thirteen charitable organizations plus their daughter Nancy’s 501c3 Cancer non-profit, Wig Out.
Her multifaceted life was blessed, and seized opportunities, acute sensitivity, uncanny insight, and the countless individual honors and awards of merit bestowed on her, including her recent National Gold Circle Emmy.