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List of Miss America titleholders

This is a list of women who have held the Miss America title.


  • List 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Year Crowned Name Hometown Title Age[1] Awards Talent Notes
1921 September 7, 1921 Gorman, MargaretMargaret Gorman Washington, D.C. Miss Washington, D.C 16 Inter-City Beauty, Amateur No Talent Competition Gorman was actually crowned "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America" she was not titled "Miss America" until 1922 when she returned to defend her title
1922 September 7, 1922 Campbell, MaryMary Campbell Columbus, Ohio Miss Columbus 16 No Talent Competition
1923 September 7, 1923 Campbell, MaryMary Campbell Columbus, Ohio 17 No Talent Competition Campbell was the only person to win the
1924 September 6, 1924 Malcomson, RuthRuth Malcomson Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Miss Philadelphia 18 No Talent Competition
1925 September 11, 1925 Lanphier, FayFay Lanphier Oakland, California Miss California 19 No Talent Competition
1926 September 10, 1926 Smallwood, NormaNorma Smallwood Tulsa, Oklahoma Miss Tulsa 18 Bather's Revue Winner, Evening Gown Award No Talent Competition
1927 September 9, 1927 Delander, LoisLois Delander Joliet, Illinois Miss Illinois 17 No Talent Competition
1933 September 9, 1933 Bergeron, MarianMarian Bergeron West Haven, Connecticut Miss Connecticut 15 No Talent Competition Bergeron was the youngest Miss America in history, winning the crown at the age of 15½; she held the title for two years since no competition was held in 1934. She is the only representative from a New England state to win the Miss America title.
1935 September 7, 1935 Leaver, HenriettaHenrietta Leaver Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Miss Pittsburgh 17 Vocal / Tap Dance "Living In a Great Big Way"
1936 September 12, 1936 Coyle, RoseRose Coyle Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Miss Philadelphia 22 Preliminary Talent Vocal / Tap Dance "I Can't Escape From You" & "Truckin'"
1937 September 11, 1937 Cooper, BetteBette Cooper Bertrand Island, New Jersey Miss Bertrand Island 17 Evening Gown Award Vocal "When the Poppies Bloom Again"
1938 September 10, 1938 Meseke, MarilynMarilyn Meseke Marion, Ohio Miss Ohio 21 Tap Dance "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" Meseke held the title of Miss Ohio twice, first in 1931 and then in 1938. She was only 14 when she won the title Miss Ohio 1931. There was no Miss America competition in 1931.
1939 September 9, 1939 Donnelly, PatriciaPatricia Donnelly Detroit, Michigan Miss Michigan 19 Vocal / Bass Fiddle "To You" & "Ol' Man Mose"
1940 September 7, 1940 Burke, Frances MarieFrances Marie Burke Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Miss Philadelphia 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal / Dance "I Can't Love You Anymore"
1941 September 6, 1941 LaPlanche, RosemaryRosemary LaPlanche Los Angeles, California Miss California 18 Preliminary Swimsuit Dance 1st runner-up at Miss America 1940. Pageant now no longer allows contestants to compete for Miss America more than once.
1942 September 12, 1942 Dennison, Jo-CarrollJo-Carroll Dennison Tyler, Texas Miss Texas 18 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Vocal and Dance "Deep in the Heart of Texas"
1943 September 11, 1943 Bartel, JeanJean Bartel Los Angeles, California Miss California 19 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Vocal "Night and Day"
1944 September 9, 1944 Ramey, VenusVenus Ramey Washington, D.C. Miss Washington, DC 19 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Vocal / Dance "Take It Easy"
1945 September 8, 1945 Myerson, BessBess Myerson New York City, New York Miss New York City 21 Preliminary Swimsuit & Preliminary Talent Piano & Flute "Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor" & "Summertime" Consumer advocate, TV host, Politician, First Jewish American Miss America and first Miss New York.
1946 September 7, 1946 Buferd, MarilynMarilyn Buferd Los Angeles, California Miss California 21 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie) Dramatic Monologue "Accent on Youth"
1947 September 6, 1947 Walker, Barbara JoBarbara Jo Walker Memphis, Tennessee Miss Memphis 21 Preliminary Talent Art Display & Vocal Medley "One Kiss" & "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
1948 September 11, 1948 Shopp, BeBeBeBe Shopp Hopkins, Minnesota Miss Minnesota 18 Preliminary Swimsuit Vibraharp "Caprice Viennois" by Fritz Kreisler First Miss Minnesota to win Miss America title.
1949 September 10, 1949 Mercer, JacqueJacque Mercer Litchfield Park, Arizona Miss Arizona 18 Preliminary Swimsuit (tie), Preliminary Talent Dramatic Reading from Romeo and Juliet
1951 September 9, 1950 Betbeze, YolandeYolande Betbeze Mobile, Alabama Miss Alabama 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Classical Vocal "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto Based on the fact that the majority of Miss America's reign occurs during the year following her coronation, the pageant began referring to her title with the upcoming year. Thus, Yolande Betbeze, who was crowned in September 1950, would be called Miss America 1951, and there was no Miss America 1950.
1952 September 8, 1951 Hutchins, Colleen KayColleen Kay Hutchins Salt Lake City, Utah Miss Utah 25 Preliminary Talent Dramatic Monologue "Elizabeth the Queen" by Maxwell Anderson
1953 September 6, 1952 Langley, Neva JaneNeva Jane Langley Macon, Georgia Miss Georgia 19 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Classical Piano "Toccata"
1954 September 12, 1953 Ay, Evelyn MargaretEvelyn Margaret Ay Ephrata, Pennsylvania Miss Pennsylvania 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Poetry Recitation "Footsteps" from Leaves from a Grass-House by Don Blanding Last winner before pageant is televised
1955 September 11, 1954 Meriwether, LeeLee Meriwether San Francisco, California Miss California 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Dramatic Monologue "Riders to the Sea" Actress, starred in Batman, Barnaby Jones, All My Children
1956 September 10, 1955 Ritchie, SharonSharon Ritchie Denver, Colorado Miss Colorado 18 Recitation "The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
1957 September 8, 1956 McKnight, MarianMarian McKnight Manning, South Carolina Miss South Carolina 19 Comedy Sketch "The Monroe Doctrine"
1958 September 7, 1957 Van Derbur, MarilynMarilyn Van Derbur Denver, Colorado Miss Colorado 20 Organ "Tea for Two" & "Tenderly"
1959 September 6, 1958 Mobley, Mary AnnMary Ann Mobley Brandon, Mississippi Miss Mississippi 21 Preliminary Talent Vocal Medley & Dance "Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made" Actress Diff'rent Strokes, TV hostess
1960 September 12, 1959 Mead, Lynda LeeLynda Lee Mead Natchez, Mississippi 20 Original Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia"
1961 September 10, 1960 Fleming, Nancy AnnNancy Ann Fleming Montague, Michigan Miss Michigan 18 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie) Presentation of Dress Design
1962 September 9, 1961 Fletcher, Maria BealeMaria Beale Fletcher Asheville, North Carolina Miss North Carolina 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Tap Dance to recorded version of her own voice singing "Somebody Loves Me"
1963 September 8, 1962 Mayer, JacquelynJacquelyn Mayer Sandusky, Ohio Miss Ohio 20 Broadway Vignette "Wishing Upon a Star," "My Favorite Things" & "The White Cliffs of Dover"
1964 September 7, 1963 Axum, DonnaDonna Axum El Dorado, Arkansas Miss Arkansas 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal Medley "Quando me'n vo'" & "I Love Paris" First Miss Arkansas to win Miss America.
1965 September 12, 1964 Van Dyke, Vonda KayVonda Kay Van Dyke Phoenix, Arizona Miss Arizona 21 Miss Congeniality Ventriloquism & Singing "Together" Only Miss Congeniality award winner to win Miss America
1966 September 11, 1965 Bryant, Deborah IreneDeborah Irene Bryant Overland Park, Kansas Miss Kansas 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Dramatic Interpretation "The Miserable Miserliness of Midas Moneybags" First Miss Kansas to win the Miss America title.
1967 September 10, 1966 Jayroe, Jane AnneJane Anne Jayroe Laverne, Oklahoma Miss Oklahoma 19 Preliminary Talent Vocal / Orchestra Conducting "1-2-3"
1968 September 9, 1967 Barnes, Debra DeneDebra Dene Barnes Moran, Kansas Miss Kansas 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Piano Solo "Born Free"
1969 September 7, 1968 Ford, Judith AnneJudith Anne Ford Belvidere, Illinois Miss Illinois 18 Preliminary Talent, Preliminary Swimsuit Acrobatic Dance & Trampoline Act "The Blue Danube"
1970 September 6, 1969 Eldred, Pamela AnnePamela Anne Eldred West Bloomfield, Michigan Miss Michigan 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Ballet "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet"
1971 September 12, 1970 George, Phyllis AnnPhyllis Ann George Denton, Texas Miss Texas 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Piano Medley "Promises, Promises" & "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Host, NFL Today, first lady of Kentucky
1972 September 12, 1971 Schaefer, Laurie LeaLaurie Lea Schaefer Bexley, Ohio Miss Ohio 22 Preliminary Swimsuit Semi Classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"
1973 September 9, 1972 Meeuwsen, Terry AnneTerry Anne Meeuwsen De Pere, Wisconsin Miss Wisconsin 23 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Vocal "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! Co-host of The 700 Club
1974 September 8, 1973 King, Rebecca AnnRebecca Ann King Denver, Colorado Miss Colorado 23 Vocal "If I Ruled the World"
1975 September 7, 1974 Cothran, ShirleyShirley Cothran Fort Worth, Texas Miss Texas 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Flute Medley "Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
1976 September 6, 1975 Godin, Tawny ElaineTawny Elaine Godin Yonkers, New York Miss New York 18 Original Piano Composition "Images in Pastels"
1977 September 11, 1976 Benham, Dorothy KathleenDorothy Kathleen Benham Edina, Minnesota Miss Minnesota 20 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1978 September 10, 1977 Perkins, Susan YvonneSusan Yvonne Perkins Columbus, Ohio Miss Ohio 23 Preliminary Talent Vocal "Good Morning Heartache"
1979 September 9, 1978 Barker, KyleneKylene Barker Galax, Virginia Miss Virginia 22 Gymnastics Routine "Gonna Fly Now" & "Feelin So Good" First Miss Virginia to win Miss America title.
1980 September 8, 1979 Prewitt, CherylCheryl Prewitt Ackerman, Mississippi Miss Mississippi 22 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud"
1981 September 6, 1980 Powell, Susan CarolSusan Carol Powell Elk City, Oklahoma Miss Oklahoma 21 Preliminary Talent (tie) Classical Vocal "The Telephone Aria"
1982 September 12, 1981 Ward, Grace ElizabethGrace Elizabeth Ward Cabot, Arkansas Miss Arkansas 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "After You've Gone"
1983 September 18, 1982 Maffett, Debra SueDebra Sue Maffett Anaheim, California Miss California 25 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Popular Vocal "Come In From the Rain" Competed for Miss Texas, in her home state, several times before crossing over and winning Miss California on her first attempt
1984 (A) September 17, 1983 Williams, Vanessa LynnVanessa Lynn Williams Millwood, New York Miss New York 20 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Popular Vocal "Happy Days Are Here Again" First African American Miss America, resigned on July 23, 1984
1984 (B) July 23, 1984 Charles, SuzetteSuzette Charles Mays Landing, New Jersey Miss New Jersey 21 Preliminary Talent Popular Vocal "Kiss Me In the Rain" Charles's 7-week reign is the shortest served by any Miss America.
1985 September 8, 1984 Wells, SharleneSharlene Wells Salt Lake City, Utah Miss Utah 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Spanish Vocal & Paraguyan Harp "Mis Noches Sin Ti" The first foreign-born, bilingual Miss America, having been born in Asunción, Paraguay.[2]
1986 September 14, 1985 Akin, SusanSusan Akin Meridian, Mississippi Miss Mississippi 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "You're My World"
1987 September 13, 1986 Cash, KellyeKellye Cash Memphis, Tennessee Miss Tennessee 21 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Piano / Vocal "I'll Be Home" Grandniece of Johnny Cash
1988 September 19, 1987 Rafko, Kaye Lani RaeKaye Lani Rae Rafko Monroe, Michigan Miss Michigan 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Hawaiian-Tahitian dance President of Gabby's Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families
1989 September 10, 1988 Carlson, Gretchen ElizabethGretchen Elizabeth Carlson Anoka, Minnesota Miss Minnesota 22 Preliminary Talent Classical Violin "Zigeunerweisen" Anchor on Fox & Friends and graduated from Stanford University
1990 September 16, 1989 Turner, Debbye LynnDebbye Lynn Turner Mexico, Missouri Miss Missouri 23 Preliminary Swimsuit Marimba Medley "Flight of the Bumblebee," "Csárdás" & "Can-Can" Reporter and Anchor for CBS's The Morning Show
1991 September 8, 1990 Vincent, Marjorie JudithMarjorie Judith Vincent Oak Park, Illinois Miss Illinois 25 Preliminary Talent Classical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" First Miss America winner of Haitian descent
1992 September 14, 1991 Sapp, Carolyn SuzanneCarolyn Suzanne Sapp Kona, Hawaii Miss Hawaii 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1993 September 19, 1992 Cornett, LeanzaLeanza Cornett Jacksonville, Florida Miss Florida 21 Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde Married to ET correspondent Mark Steines
1994 September 18, 1993 Aiken, Kimberly ClariceKimberly Clarice Aiken Columbia, South Carolina Miss South Carolina 18 Vocal "Summertime
1995 September 17, 1994 Whitestone, HeatherHeather Whitestone Birmingham, Alabama Miss Alabama 21 Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent Ballet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa" First deaf Miss America
1996 September 16, 1995 Smith, ShawntelShawntel Smith Muldrow, Oklahoma Miss Oklahoma 24 Vocal "The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born Executive vice president of administration of PBH Holdings
1997 September 14, 1996 Holland, Tara DawnTara Dawn Holland Overland Park, Kansas Miss Kansas 23 Preliminary Swimsuit Classical Vocal "Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from Lakmé The video of her receiving her crown was shown at the beginning of the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
1998 September 13, 1997 Shindle, KatherineKatherine Shindle Evanston, Illinois Miss Illinois 21 Preliminary Talent Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" Performed in Legally Blonde on Broadway and other shows
1999 September 19, 1998 Johnson, Lauren NicoleLauren Nicole Johnson Roanoke, Virginia Miss Virginia 24 Vocal "That's Life" Johnson has diabetes and continues to raise awareness for it.
2000 September 18, 1999 French, Heather ReneeHeather Renee French Maysville, Kentucky Miss Kentucky 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard 1st Miss Kentucky to become Miss America; Released her own designer clothing line
2001 October 14, 2000 Baraquio, Angela PerezAngela Perez Baraquio Honolulu, Hawaii Miss Hawaii 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Hula "Theme from Mutiny on the Bounty" The first Filipino American and Asian American Miss America.
2002 September 22, 2001 Harman, KatieKatie Harman Gresham, Oregon Miss Oregon 21 Preliminary Talent Classical Vocal "O mio babbino caro" Released first music CD, Soul of Love
2003 September 21, 2002 Harold, ErikaErika Harold Urbana, Illinois Miss Illinois 22 Classical Vocal "Habanera"
2004 September 20, 2003 Dunlap, Ericka YolandaEricka Yolanda Dunlap Orlando, Florida Miss Florida 21 Vocal "If I Could" First African American woman to become Miss Florida; Finished in third place on The Amazing Race 15 with her husband, Brian Kleinschmidt.
2005 September 18, 2004 Downs, DeidreDeidre Downs Birmingham, Alabama Miss Alabama 24 Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love" Won Miss Alabama on her 5th try
2006 January 21, 2006 Berry, JenniferJennifer Berry Tulsa, Oklahoma Miss Oklahoma 22 Preliminary Talent Ballet en Pointe "Within" Won Miss Oklahoma on her fifth try
2007 January 29, 2007 Nelson, LaurenLauren Nelson Lawton, Oklahoma 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "You'll Be in My Heart" Started competing in pageants at the age of 15 and was Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen
2008 January 26, 2008 Haglund, Kirsten IoraKirsten Iora Haglund Farmington Hills, Michigan Miss Michigan 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Grandmother competed at Miss America as Miss Detroit; Miss America was only her third pageant and she was the youngest contestant
2009 January 24, 2009 Stam, KatieKatie Stam Seymour, Indiana Miss Indiana 22 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal "Via Dolorosa" First Miss Indiana to become Miss America; she competed in pageants since the age of 15 and was Miss Kentuckiana Teen 2002, Indiana's Junior Miss 2005, second runner-up at America's Junior Miss 2005
2010 January 30, 2010 Cameron, CaressaCaressa Cameron Fredericksburg, Virginia Miss Virginia 22 Preliminary Talent Vocal "Listen"
2011 January 15, 2011 Scanlan, TeresaTeresa Scanlan Gering, Nebraska Miss Nebraska 17 Preliminary Talent Piano "White Water Chopped Sticks" by Calvin Jones Youngest winner since Bette Cooper in 1937; First Miss Nebraska to become Miss America; Youngest Miss Nebraska ever crowned
2012 January 14, 2012 Kaeppeler, Laura MarieLaura Marie Kaeppeler Kenosha, Wisconsin Miss Wisconsin 23 Preliminary Talent Operatic Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
2013 January 12, 2013 Hagan, MalloryMallory Hagan Brooklyn, New York Miss New York 23 Tap Dance to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing"
2014 September 15, 2013 Davuluri, NinaNina Davuluri Fayetteville, New York 24 Bollywood Fusion Dance "Dhoom Tana" from the film Om Shanti Om First Indian American winner of the Miss America contest and first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.
2015 September 14, 2014 Kazantsev, KiraKira Kazantsev Manhattan, New York 23 Vocal with cup percussion, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

See also


  1. ^ American Experience: Miss America
  2. ^ "Miss America : 1985". Miss America. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 

External links

  • Miss America official website
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