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Miss America

1940 program book cover

Miss America 1940
1940 September 7
45 entries

Results
1 PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Frances Marie Burke
2 CALIFORNIA  Rosemary LaPlanche
3 MICHIGAN  Monnie Drake
4 MASSACHUSETTS  Polly L. Connors
5 KENTUCKY  Dorothy Slatten (America '41)

Top 15
DELAWARE Peggy E. Insolo
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Catherine Virginia Howe
Eastern PENNSYLVANIA  Mildred Irene Saha
HUNTINGTON (WV)  Juanita Park Wright
MIAMI (FL)  Mitzi Strother
MISSOURI Virginia Morrison
MONTANA Kay Kittendorff
MYRTLE BEACH (SC)  La Bruce Sherill
OKLAHOMA Ada Martyne Woods
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Alberta Louise Carts (of Pittsburgh)

Miss Congeniality title was not awarded this year

Remainder
ARIZONA Anna Marie Barnett
ARKANSAS Betty Benson
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Evelyn Randall Motlow
Central OHIO  Bette Jane Hart
COLORADO Eileen H. Hoskins
CONNECTICUT Dorothy Pickard
DELAWARE COUNTY (PA)  Dorothy A. Wall
EASTERN NEW YORK  Geraldine Anne Racine
INDIANA Carolyn M. Akin
KANSAS CITY (MO)  Gloria Kathleen Gipson
KNOXVILLE (TN)  Thelma McGhee
MAINE Shirley Edith HOUSTON
MARYLAND Marie Beiser
MINNESOTA Virginia Dee Kepler
MISSISSIPPI Carolyn Simon
MONTGOMERY (AL)  Carolyn Louise Foreman
NEW JERSEY  Mildred Marie Selko
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Pauline Powell
NORTH CAROLINA  Jeanne D’Arbre Wofford
OHIO Violet Berze
ST. LOUIS (MO)  LaFern Mueller
SOUTH CAROLINA  Vanadora Baker
TENNESSEE Christine Webb
TEXAS Gloria Ann Byrns (America 41)
VIRGINIA Virginia Campbell
WASHINGTON Peggy Mason
WEST VIRGINIA  Mary Schlarmann Bowles
WESTCHESTER COUNTY (NY)  Constantine Gray
WESTERN KENTUCKY  Violet Owen
WESTERN NEW YORK  Gloria Elizabeth Sheehan
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Miss America 1941
1941 September 6
43 entries

Results
1 CALIFORNIA  Rosemary LaPlanche  (1st RU America '40)
2 WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Roselle Marie Hannon
3 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Jean Fidelis Cavanaugh
4 WESTCHESTER COUNTY (NY)  Lillian Helen O'Donnell
5 NORTH CAROLINA  Joey Augusta Paxton

Top 15
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Virginia Connie McGraw
FLORIDA Mitzi Strother
GEORGIA Esther Bette Shepard
KENTUCKY Dorothy Slatten (America '40)
MICHIGAN Gerry Marcoux
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Grace De Witt
OHIO Janice Sulzman
OKLAHOMA Mifaunwy Dolores Shunatona
VIRGINIA Jacquelyn McWin
WISCONSIN Betty Ann Miller

Miss Congeniality  OKLAHOMA

Remainder
ARKANSAS Ferol Amelia Dumas
CHARLESTON (SC)  Miriam King
CLEVELAND (OH)  Lois Jean Beck
COLORADO Charlene Vivian Woods
CONNECTICUT Daphne Alemita Gladding
DELAWARE Verona Smith
EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Catherine Jane Albert
INDIANA Alice Ullery
IOWA Lorene Ann Snoddy
KANSAS CITY (MO)  Leila Bell Wright
KNOXVILLE (TN)  Katherine Nadine Gammon
LAKE MOHOPAC (NY)  Charlotte Mildred Winstanley
MARYLAND Mary Jane "Penny" Malone
MASSACHUSETTS Betsy Sears Taylor
MIAMI (FL)  Anna Louise Baker
MINNESOTA Patricia Tietz
MISSISSIPPI Madeline Theresa Smith
MISSOURI Geraldine Martha Koehler
NEW JERSEY  Marjorie Eleanor Jennings
NEW MEXICO  Beverly Nell Brookshier
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Helen Yvonne Englert
PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Carrie de Ludo
SAVANNAH (GA)  Gladys Juanitas Collins
SOUTH CAROLINA  Gloria Frances Missel
TENNESSEE Martha Ewing McKinney
WEST VIRGINIA  Juanita Park Wright  (Huntington-America '40)
WYOMING Patricia Marie Snyder

Withdrew due to illness
TEXAS Gloria Ann Byrns (America '40)
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Miss America 1942
1942 September 12
30 entries

Results
1 TEXAS  Jo-Carroll Dennison
2 CHICAGO (IL)  Bette Brunk
3 MICHIGAN  Patricia Uline Hill
4 NEW JERSEY  Madeline Elizabeth Layton
5 CALIFORNIA  Lucille Lambert

Top 10
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Marie Lucille Duncan
FLORIDA Eileen Irma Knapp
ILLINOIS Patricia Hayes
MIAMI (FL)  Leona Beverly Fredericks
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Annyse Diane Sherman

Miss Congeniality MISSISSIPPI

Remainder
CENTRAL NEW YORK  Catherine Victoria Zambon
CINCINNATI (OH)  Barbara Patterson
COLUMBIA (SC)  Sarah Virginia Pulliam
CONNECTICUT Alice Irene Clifford
DELAWARE Dorothy McGovern
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Marilyn Elaine Makin
MARYLAND Bettye Mitchell
MASSACHUSETTS Paula Boardman
MINNESOTA Jane Goerner
MISSISSIPPI Dorothy Elizabeth Fox
NEBRASKA Claire Marie Buglewicz
NEW MEXICO  Marjorie Rose Adams
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Edna Joyce
NEW YORK  Marion Moselle
PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Geraldine Mae Powell
NORTH CAROLINA  Hilda Ward Taylor
SOUTH CAROLINA  Nelle Xermenia Owens
VIRGINIA Charlotte Mae Smith
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Ruth Elfreda Schmidt
WISCONSIN Charlotte Lemmer
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Miss America 1943
1943 September 11
33 entries

Results
1 CALIFORNIA  Jean Bartel
2 FLORIDA  Muriel Elizabeth Smith
3 BOSTON (MA)  Helena Frances Mack
4 NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Milena Mae Miller
5 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Dixie Lou Rafter

Top 10
ARKANSAS Dorris Jeanne Love
CHICAGO (IL)  Marjorie Dorothy Nelson
MINNESOTA Florence Mary Hunton
NEW JERSEY  Kathleen Harris
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Emma Hammermeister

Miss Congeniality BIRMINGHAM (AL)

Remainder
ATLANTA (GA)  Barbara Annette Britton
BALTIMORE (MD)  Shirlee O’Connell
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Toula Hagestratou
CINCINNATI (OH)  Joan Hyldoft
COLUMBIA (SC)  Sara Nina Harvin
CONNECTICUT Mary B. Rice
DELAWARE Mona Daisy Crawford
EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA  Betty Marie Marcus
ILLINOIS Dorothy Belle Kohrt
MAINE Eleanor E. Fournier
MARYLAND Lillian Marlene Huber
MASSACHUSETTS Mary Jane McAnulty
MIAMI (FL)  Dolly Esther Bowles
MICHIGAN Ruby Jean Telfer
MISSISSIPPI Arminta Scott
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Shirley Catherine Lange
NEW YORK  Marion Butler
OKLAHOMA Joan Marceille Hawk
PHILADELPHIA (PA)  June Rae McAdams
RICHMOND (VA)  Dorothy Allyn Taylor
SOUTH CAROLINA  Jenelle Virginia Strange
ST. LOUIS (MO)  Emma Jean Adams
TENNESSEE Frances Virginia Eakes
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Miss America 1944
1944 September 9
33 entries

Results
1 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Venus Ramey
2 BOSTON (MA)  Paulina Agnes McKevitt
3 FLORIDA  Virginia Warlen
4 CHICAGO (IL)  Elaine Steinbach
5 BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Betty Jane Rase

Top 12
CALIFORNIA Shirley Ballard
ILLINOIS Betty June King
MIAMI (FL)  Vernell Bush
MICHIGAN Beverly Bennett
MINNESOTA Patricia Ann Cummings
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Betty Jo Dazey
PENNSYLVANIA Margie Dorie

Miss Congeniality  TEXAS

Remainder
ARKANSAS Mineola Graham
ATLANTA (GA)  Mary Ann Linane
CINCINNATI (OH)  Madeline Blanche Bohanon
COLUMBIA (SC)  Gloria Mae Grisso
CONNECTICUT Barbara Olive Fisher
DELAWARE Jacquelyn Vasseur
DETROIT (MI)  Dora June Victor
GEORGIA Trudie Patricia Hayward
KANSAS Grace Louise Pittman
MARYLAND Audrey Jane Klingenberg
MASSACHUSETTS Lucille Descoteau
MISSISSIPPI Sarah Ann Topp
NEW HAMPSHIRE  Jackie Edson
NEW JERSEY  Janice Hansen
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Wilhelmina "Willi" Cecelia Hoffman
NEW YORK  Bobby MacAdam
NORTH CAROLINA  Betsy Marie Dalton
PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Itha Duerrhammer
SOUTH CAROLINA  Billy Owens
TENNESSEE Marian Nelson Weller
TEXAS Joyce Theresa Courrege
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NOTE First year the scholarship program was started

Miss America 1945
1945 September 8
41 entries

Results
1 NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Bess Myerson
2 SAN DIEGO (CA)  Phyllis Mathis
3 BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Frances Lanell Dorn
4 FLORIDA  Virginia Freeland
5 MINNESOTA  Arlene Anderson

Top 13
CALIFORNIA Polly Ellis
CHICAGO (IL)  Lee Mercer Wieland
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Dorothy Louise Powell
MARYLAND Virginia Lee Van Sant
NORTH CAROLINA  Dorothy Louise Johnson
PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Gloria Bair
TENNESSEE Lee Harriet Henson
TEXAS Polly Below

Miss Congeniality  NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Remainder
ARKANSAS Leslie Hampton
ATLANTA (GA)  Pauline Walker
BOSTON (MA)  Claire Thibadeau
CINCINNATI (OH)  Virginia Lee Pleasant
CONNECTICUT Sylvia Z. Shaw
DETROIT (MI)  Barbara Lee Smith
GEORGIA Doris Joyce Coker
ILLINOIS Beverly Ann Long
INDIANA Betty Anna Lockyear
IOWA Jeanne Gordon
MAINE Virginia Trask
MASSACHUSETTS Ruth Claire Thomas
MIAMI Beach (FL)  Ray Evelyn Crist
MICHIGAN Therese Mary Sullivan
MISSISSIPPI Harriet Jane Carr
MISSOURI Betty Ruth Ream
NEW HAMPSHIRE  Lee Corey
NEW JERSEY  Matilda Agin
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Helen Shively
NEW YORK  June Jenkins
NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA  Georgina Patterson
OHIO Julia Ann Donahue
PENNSYLVANIA Timmie Weston
RHODE ISLAND  Mary Stevens
SOUTH CAROLINA  Margaret Neeley
UTAH Dorothy F. Holohan
VERMONT Mary Staikos
WISCONSIN Eileen Christy
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Miss America 1946
1946 September 7
50 entries

Results
1 CALIFORNIA  Marilyn Buferd
2 ARKANSAS  Rebecca Jane McCall
3 ATLANTA (GA)  Janey Miller
4 LOUISIANA  Marguerite Eileen McClelland
5 UTAH  Armelia Carole Ohmart

Top 16
CHICAGO (IL)  Cloris Leachman
CINCINNATI (OH)  LaVonne Bond
CONNECTICUT Joan Elizabeth Turner
FLORIDA Jacquelyn Marie Jennings
ILLINOIS Patricia Jean Fry
LOUISVILLE (KY)  Patricia Alden Fenton
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Eileen Henry
NEW YORK  Violet Mellar
PENNSYLVANIA Eleanor D. Kramer
WEST VIRGINIA  Norma Lee Salisbury
WISCONSIN Antoine “Toni” Bernice Lunde

Miss Congeniality NEW YORK

Remainder
ALABAMA Emma Dale Nunnally
BALTIMORE (MD)  Virginia Martin
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Sue Delores Donegan
BOSTON (MA)  Paula C. Jerome
CANADA Marion Saver
CLEVELAND (OH)  Mary Eileen Kelly
COLORADO Raye Donnelly
DETROIT (MI)  Constance Liddicoat
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Jeanne Marie Carlson
GEORGIA Mary Lou Henderson
GREATER PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Virginia Brown
INDIANA Lois Marie Chitwood
IOWA Jacqueline Means
KANSAS Joyce Blakemore
KANSAS CITY (MO)  Nadine LaVerne Fugett
KENTUCKY Mary Madonna Smith
MARYLAND Dorothy C. Crockett
MASSACHUSETTS Urania “Rae” Nicholaides
MIAMI BEACH (FL)  Jini Boyd
MICHIGAN Ruth Lenfestey
MINNESOTA Rosemary Gregg
MISSISSIPPI Lennie Josephine Nobles
NEWARK (NJ)  Dorothy Callahan
NEW JERSEY  Helen Sprinitis
NEW MEXICO  Martha Bernice Cooper
NEW ORLEANS (LA)  Joyce Josephine Frink
NORTH CAROLINA  Trudy Riley
OMAHA (NE)  Marjorie Hanson
RHODE ISLAND  Marilyn A. Tripp
SOUTH CAROLINA  Anne Mae Morse
TENNESSEE Wilda Bowman
TEXAS D. Anne Wisener
VERMONT Lola Jacqueline Sundberg
VIRGINIA Bette Jean Cannon
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Miss America 1947
1947 September 6
54 entries

Results
1 MEMPHIS (TN)  Barbara Jo Walker
2 MINNESOTA  Elaine Mary Campbell
3 CANADA  Margaret Marshall
4 ALABAMA  Peggy June Elder  (winner Dixie '47)
5 CALIFORNIA  Laura Jean Emery

Top 15
ARIZONA Wanda Jo Law
KENTUCKY Evelyn L. Murray
MIAMI BEACH (FL)  Pepper Donna Shore
NEW JERSEY  Delores Mendes
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Raven Malone
OREGON Jo Ann Amorde
PITTSBURGH (PA)  Lillian Handford
TENNESSEE Georgia Jean Cunningham
WEST VIRGINIA  Joan Elizabeth Estep
WYOMING Dorothy June McKay

Miss Congeniality  TEXAS

Remainder
ARKANSAS Pam Camp
ATLANTA (GA)  Joy Elizabeth Smith
BROOKLYN (NY)  Lynn Faune
CHATTANOOGA (TN)  Dorothy Jane Cunningham
CHICAGO (IL)  Joan Hiatt
COLORADO Joyce Haycock
CONNECTICUT Louise Helen Bienvenu
DETROIT (MI)  Jane Rose Foster
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Margaret Augusta Wilson
FLORIDA Eula Ann McGehee
GEORGIA Robbie Orene Sauls
GREATER PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Kay McClane
IDAHO Norma Joyce Briggs
ILLINOIS Maree V. Evans
INDIANA Beverly D. Trenary
IOWA Ruth Janet Anderson
KANSAS Ruth Ellen Richmond
LOS ANGELES County (CA)  Marilyn Davidson
LOUISIANA Ruth Mary Blust
LOUISVILLE (KY)  Margaret Allen Hill
MARYLAND Carolyn Jean Dixon
MICHIGAN Peggy June Ellsworth
MISSISSIPPI Kitty Blevins Bailey
MISSOURI Mary Jean Burke
MONTANA Carol Haffele Chaffin
NEW HAMPSHIRE  Bernice E. Loiselle
NEW YORK  Carol Lee Fredericks
NORTH CAROLINA  Alice Vivian White
OHIO Nancy Nesbitt
OMAHA (NE)  Madalyn Joyce King
PENNSYLVANIA Dorothy Gresh
RHODE ISLAND  Ellen DiCenzo
SOUTH CAROLINA  Margaret Jean Griffin
SOUTH DAKOTA  Roselyn Lea Anderson
TEXAS Luna Lynn McClain
UTAH Donna Southwick
VERMONT Barbara Helen Campbell
VIRGINIA Ruthellen Mears
WISCONSIN Gladys Berkley
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Miss America 1948
1948 September 11
55 entries

Results
1 MINNESOTA  Beatrice Bella “BeBe” Shopp
2 WYOMING  Carol Held
3 ALABAMA  Martha Ann Ingram
4 KANSAS  Vera June Ralston
5 OKLAHOMA  Donna Jane Briggs

Top 15
ATLANTA (GA)  Jerry Long
CHICAGO (IL)  Lois June Nettleton
DETROIT (MI)  Doris Evelyn Johnson
FLORIDA Rosemary Carpenter
MASSACHUSETTS Barbara Louise Laughton
MEMPHIS (TN)  Lois Jeanette Welsh
MONTANA Patti Anne Luer
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Connie Inge Ronde
OREGON Joyce Davis
UTAH Marilyn Robinson

Miss Congeniality  HAWAII

Remainder
ARIZONA Donna Lea McElroy
ARKANSAS Van Louis McDaniel
BIRMINGHAM (AL)  Marjorie Orr
BOSTON (MA)  Barbara McGrath
CALIFORNIA Reba Watterson
CANADA Betty Jean Ferguson
COLORADO Virginia Smith
CONNECTICUT Fairfax Bushnell Mason
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Joann Virginia Miller
GEORGIA Gwendolyn West
GREATER PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Betty Jane Bruce
HAWAII Yun Tau Zane
ILLINOIS Viola Hutmacher
INDIANA Patti Grubbs
KENTUCKY Mildred Hollinger
MAINE Muriel Applebee
MARYLAND Juanita Melrose Lookabaugh
MICHIGAN Linda Carroll
MISSISSIPPI Virginia Hollingsworth
MISSOURI Dorothy Jean Smith
NEBRASKA Betty Love Booth
NEW HAMPSHIRE  Lillian Elizabeth “Betty” Taylor
NEW JERSEY  Barbara Anderson
NEW MEXICO  Sara Bertha Young
NEW YORK  M. Yvonne Fix
NORTH CAROLINA  Patsy Ann Osborne
OHIO Maxine Waack
OMAHA (NE)  Serena McKinney
PENNSYLVANIA Ruth Douglas
PITTSBURGH (PA)  Sarah Cromwell
PUERTO RICO  Irma Nydia Vasquez
SOUTH CAROLINA  Esther Ruth Greene
SOUTH DAKOTA  Myrna Elaine Clemensen
TENNESSEE Dorothy Jane Free
TEXAS Bonnie Jean Bland
VERMONT Jean Peatman
VIRGINIA Bobby Joe Wilson
WASHINGTON Lorraine May Lowder
WEST VIRGINIA  Jane Ellen Queen
WISCONSIN Marvene Fischer
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Miss America 1949
1949 September 10
52 entries

Results
1 ARIZONA  Jacque Mercer
2 MISSISSIPPI  Katherine Wright
3 ILLINOIS  Trudi Germi
4 COLORADO  Sylvia Canaday
5 CALIFORNIA  Jone Ann Pedersen

Top 15
ARKANSAS Barbara Jean Brothers
CANADA Margaret Lynn Munn
CHICAGO (IL)  Teresa Giorgian
HAWAII Bee Jay “Bee Jay” Johnston
KANSAS Shirley Nan Hargiss
MICHIGAN Dolores Jane Motter
MINNESOTA Gloria Yvonne Burkhart
NEW JERSEY  Betty Jane Crowley
NEW YORK CITY (NY)  Loreen Ellen Osgood
WISCONSIN Phyllis Ann Kessler

Miss Congeniality MONTANA

Remainder
ALABAMA Frieda Roser
CONNECTICUT Barbara Louise Smetana
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  Mary Jane Hayes
FLORIDA Shirley Anne Rhodes
GEORGIA Dorothy Johnston
GREATER PHILADELPHIA (PA)  Miriam Lapayowker
INDIANA Patricia Cunningham
IOWA Barbara Jane Juel
KENTUCKY Betty Haverstock
LOUISIANA Annie Hollingsworth
MAINE Connie Gingras
MARYLAND Jean Crow
MASSACHUSETTS Gloria Marie Curelli
MISSOURI Mary Jane Stone
MONTANA Carol Rosebel Fraser
NEBRASKA Vanita Mae Brown
NEVADA Carol Diane Lampe
NEW HAMPSHIRE  Flora Jane Sleeper
NEW MEXICO  Shirley Hughes
NEW YORK  Wanda Nalepa
NORTH CAROLINA  Nancy Lee Yelverton
NORTH DAKOTA  Kitty Gates Page
OHIO Florence Bondi
OKLAHOMA Georgine Ruth Leeka
OREGON Beverly Faith Krueger
PENNSYLVANIA Marlene Carozzo
PUERTO RICO  Avelina Medrano
SOUTH CAROLINA  Barrie Jean Wingard
SOUTH DAKOTA  Carol Jean Quinn
TENNESSEE Adelyn Sumner
TEXAS Ysleta Leissner
UTAH June Barlow
VERMONT Annalou Johnston
VIRGINIA Betty Lewis
WASHINGTON Libby Aldrich
WEST VIRGINIA  Georganne Steiss
WYOMING Esther MacLeod

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