List of Miss America titleholders

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

1921September 7, 1921Gorman, MargaretMargaret GormanWashington, D.C.Miss Washington, D.C16Inter-City Beauty, AmateurNo Talent CompetitionGorman 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
1922September 7, 1922Campbell, MaryMary CampbellColumbus, OhioMiss Columbus16No Talent Competition
1923September 7, 1923Campbell, MaryMary CampbellColumbus, OhioMiss Columbus17No Talent CompetitionCampbell was the only person to win the Miss America Pageant twice. She was Miss America 1922 and Miss America 1923, and she was also First Runner-up at the 1924 Miss America Pageant. After the 1924 pageant, in which the judges' scores revealed that Campbell had almost won the title for a third time, the Miss America Organization changed its rules so that "a contestant may only win the Miss America title once".
1924September 6, 1924Malcomson, RuthRuth MalcomsonPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMiss Philadelphia18No Talent Competition
1925September 11, 1925Lanphier, FayFay LanphierOakland, CaliforniaMiss California19No Talent Competition
1926September 10, 1926Smallwood, NormaNorma SmallwoodTulsa, OklahomaMiss Tulsa18Bather's Revue Winner, Evening Gown AwardNo Talent Competition
1927September 9, 1927Delander, LoisLois DelanderJoliet, IllinoisMiss Illinois17No Talent Competition
1933September 9, 1933Bergeron, MarianMarian BergeronWest Haven, ConnecticutMiss Connecticut15No Talent CompetitionBergeron 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.
1935September 7, 1935Leaver, HenriettaHenrietta LeaverPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaMiss Pittsburgh17Vocal / Tap Dance "Living In a Great Big Way"
1936September 12, 1936Coyle, RoseRose CoylePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMiss Philadelphia22Preliminary TalentVocal / Tap Dance "I Can't Escape From You" & "Truckin'"
1937September 11, 1937Cooper, BetteBette CooperBertrand Island, New JerseyMiss Bertrand Island17Evening Gown AwardVocal "When the Poppies Bloom Again"
1938September 10, 1938Meseke, MarilynMarilyn MesekeMarion, OhioMiss Ohio21Tap 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.
1939September 9, 1939Donnelly, PatriciaPatricia DonnellyDetroit, MichiganMiss Michigan19Vocal / Bass Fiddle "To You" & "Ol' Man Mose"
1940September 7, 1940Burke, Frances MarieFrances Marie BurkePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMiss Philadelphia19Preliminary SwimsuitVocal / Dance "I Can't Love You Anymore"
1941September 6, 1941LaPlanche, RosemaryRosemary LaPlancheLos Angeles, CaliforniaMiss California18Preliminary SwimsuitDance1st runner-up at Miss America 1940. Pageant now no longer allows contestants to compete for Miss America more than once.
1942September 12, 1942Dennison, Jo-CarrollJo-Carroll DennisonTyler County, TexasMiss Texas18Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal and Dance "Deep in the Heart of Texas"
1943September 11, 1943Bartel, JeanJean BartelLos Angeles, CaliforniaMiss California19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal "Night and Day"
1944September 9, 1944Ramey, VenusVenus RameyWashington, D.C.Miss Washington, DC19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal / Dance "Take It Easy"
1945September 8, 1945Myerson, BessBess MyersonNew York City, New YorkMiss New York City21Preliminary Swimsuit & Preliminary TalentPiano & Flute "Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor" & "Summertime"Consumer advocate, TV host, Politician, First Jewish American Miss America and first Miss New York.
1946September 7, 1946Buferd, MarilynMarilyn BuferdLos Angeles, CaliforniaMiss California21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie)Dramatic Monologue "Accent on Youth"
1947September 6, 1947Walker, Barbara JoBarbara Jo WalkerMemphis, TennesseeMiss Memphis21Preliminary TalentArt Display & Vocal Medley "One Kiss" & "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
1948September 11, 1948Shopp, BeBeBeBe ShoppHopkins, MinnesotaMiss Minnesota18Preliminary SwimsuitVibraharp "Caprice Viennois" by Fritz KreislerFirst Miss Minnesota to win Miss America title.
1949September 10, 1949Mercer, JacqueJacque MercerLitchfield Park, ArizonaMiss Arizona18Preliminary Swimsuit (tie), Preliminary TalentDramatic Reading from Romeo and Juliet
1951September 9, 1950Betbeze, YolandeYolande BetbezeMobile, AlabamaMiss Alabama21Preliminary SwimsuitClassical Vocal "Caro Nome" from RigolettoBased 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.
1952September 8, 1951Hutchins, Colleen KayColleen Kay HutchinsSalt Lake City, UtahMiss Utah25Preliminary TalentDramatic Monologue "Elizabeth the Queen" by Maxwell Anderson
1953September 6, 1952Langley, Neva JaneNeva Jane LangleyMacon, GeorgiaMiss Georgia19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentClassical Piano "Toccata"
1954September 12, 1953Ay, Evelyn MargaretEvelyn Margaret AyEphrata, PennsylvaniaMiss Pennsylvania20Preliminary SwimsuitPoetry Recitation "Footsteps" from Leaves from a Grass-House by Don BlandingLast winner before pageant is televised
1955September 11, 1954Meriwether, LeeLee MeriwetherSan Francisco, CaliforniaMiss California19Preliminary SwimsuitDramatic Monologue "Riders to the Sea"Actress, starred in Batman, Barnaby Jones, All My Children
1956September 10, 1955Ritchie, SharonSharon RitchieDenver, ColoradoMiss Colorado18Recitation "The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
1957September 8, 1956McKnight, MarianMarian McKnightManning, South CarolinaMiss South Carolina19Comedy Sketch "The Monroe Doctrine"
1958September 7, 1957Van Derbur, MarilynMarilyn Van DerburDenver, ColoradoMiss Colorado20Organ "Tea for Two" & "Tenderly"
1959September 6, 1958Mobley, Mary AnnMary Ann MobleyBrandon, MississippiMiss Mississippi21Preliminary TalentVocal Medley & Dance "Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made"Actress Diff'rent Strokes, TV hostess
1960September 12, 1959Mead, Lynda LeeLynda Lee MeadNatchez, MississippiMiss Mississippi20Original Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia"
1961September 10, 1960Fleming, NancyNancy FlemingMontague, MichiganMiss Michigan18Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie)Presentation of Dress Design
1962September 9, 1961Fletcher, MariaMaria FletcherAsheville, North CarolinaMiss North Carolina19Preliminary SwimsuitTap Dance to recorded version of her own voice singing "Somebody Loves Me"
1963September 8, 1962Mayer, JacquelynJacquelyn MayerSandusky, OhioMiss Ohio20Broadway Vignette "Wishing Upon a Star," "My Favorite Things" & "The White Cliffs of Dover"
1964September 7, 1963Axum, DonnaDonna AxumEl Dorado, ArkansasMiss Arkansas21Preliminary SwimsuitVocal Medley "Quando me'n vo'" & "I Love Paris"First Miss Arkansas to win Miss America.
1965September 12, 1964Van Dyke, Vonda KayVonda Kay Van DykePhoenix, ArizonaMiss Arizona21Miss CongenialityVentriloquism & Singing "Together"Only Miss Congeniality award winner to win Miss America
1966September 11, 1965Bryant, Deborah IreneDeborah Irene BryantOverland Park, KansasMiss Kansas19Preliminary SwimsuitDramatic Interpretation "The Miserable Miserliness of Midas Moneybags"First Miss Kansas to win the Miss America title.
1967September 10, 1966Jayroe, Jane AnneJane Anne JayroeLaverne, OklahomaMiss Oklahoma19Preliminary TalentVocal / Orchestra Conducting "1-2-3"
1968September 9, 1967Barnes, Debra DeneDebra Dene BarnesMoran, KansasMiss Kansas20Preliminary SwimsuitPiano Solo "Born Free"
1969September 7, 1968Ford, Judith AnneJudith Anne FordBelvidere, IllinoisMiss Illinois18Preliminary Talent, Preliminary SwimsuitAcrobatic Dance & Trampoline Act "The Blue Danube"
1970September 6, 1969Eldred, Pamela AnnePamela Anne EldredWest Bloomfield, MichiganMiss Michigan21Preliminary SwimsuitBallet "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet"
1971September 12, 1970George, Phyllis AnnPhyllis Ann GeorgeDenton, TexasMiss Texas21Preliminary SwimsuitPiano Medley "Promises, Promises" & "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"Host, NFL Today, first lady of Kentucky
1972September 12, 1971Schaefer, Laurie LeaLaurie Lea SchaeferBexley, OhioMiss Ohio22Preliminary SwimsuitSemi Classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"
1973September 9, 1972Meeuwsen, Terry AnneTerry Anne MeeuwsenDe Pere, WisconsinMiss Wisconsin23Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat!Co-host of The 700 Club
1974September 8, 1973King, Rebecca AnnRebecca Ann KingDenver, ColoradoMiss Colorado23Vocal "If I Ruled the World"
1975September 7, 1974Cothran, ShirleyShirley CothranFort Worth, TexasMiss Texas21Preliminary SwimsuitFlute Medley "Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
1976September 6, 1975Godin, Tawny ElaineTawny Elaine GodinYonkers, New YorkMiss New York18Original Piano Composition "Images in Pastels"
1977September 11, 1976Benham, Dorothy KathleenDorothy Kathleen BenhamEdina, MinnesotaMiss Minnesota20Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentClassical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1978September 10, 1977Perkins, SusanSusan PerkinsColumbus, OhioMiss Ohio23Preliminary TalentVocal "Good Morning Heartache"
1979September 9, 1978Barker, KyleneKylene BarkerGalax, VirginiaMiss Virginia22Gymnastics Routine "Gonna Fly Now" & "Feelin So Good"First Miss Virginia to win Miss America title.
1980September 8, 1979Prewitt, CherylCheryl PrewittAckerman, MississippiMiss Mississippi22Preliminary SwimsuitVocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud"
1981September 6, 1980Powell, SusanSusan PowellElk City, OklahomaMiss Oklahoma21Preliminary Talent (tie)Classical Vocal "The Telephone Aria"
1982September 12, 1981Ward, ElizabethElizabeth WardCabot, ArkansasMiss Arkansas20Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "After You've Gone"
1983September 18, 1982Maffett, DebraDebra MaffettAnaheim, CaliforniaMiss California25Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentPopular 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, 1983Williams, Vanessa L.Vanessa L. WilliamsMillwood, New YorkMiss New York20Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentPopular Vocal "Happy Days Are Here Again"First African American Miss America, resigned on July 23, 1984
1984 (B)July 23, 1984Charles, SuzetteSuzette CharlesMays Landing, New JerseyMiss New Jersey21Preliminary TalentPopular Vocal "Kiss Me In the Rain"Charles's 7-week reign is the shortest served by any Miss America.
1985September 8, 1984Wells, SharleneSharlene WellsSalt Lake City, UtahMiss Utah20Preliminary SwimsuitSpanish Vocal & Paraguyan Harp "Mis Noches Sin Ti"The first foreign-born, bilingual Miss America, having been born in Asunción, Paraguay.[2]
1986September 14, 1985Akin, SusanSusan AkinMeridian, MississippiMiss Mississippi21Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "You're My World"
1987September 13, 1986Cash, KellyeKellye CashMemphis, TennesseeMiss Tennessee21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentPiano / Vocal "I'll Be Home"Grandniece of Johnny Cash
1988September 19, 1987Rafko, Kaye Lani RaeKaye Lani Rae RafkoMonroe, MichiganMiss Michigan24Preliminary SwimsuitHawaiian-Tahitian dancePresident of Gabby's Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families
1989September 10, 1988Carlson, GretchenGretchen CarlsonAnoka, MinnesotaMiss Minnesota22Preliminary TalentClassical Violin "Zigeunerweisen"Anchor on Fox & Friends and graduated from Stanford University
1990September 16, 1989Turner, DebbyeDebbye TurnerMexico, MissouriMiss Missouri23Preliminary SwimsuitMarimba Medley "Flight of the Bumblebee," "Csárdás" & "Can-Can"Reporter and Anchor for CBS's The Morning Show
1991September 8, 1990Vincent, Marjorie JudithMarjorie Judith VincentOak Park, IllinoisMiss Illinois25Preliminary TalentClassical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"First Miss America winner of Haitian descent
1992September 14, 1991Sapp, Carolyn SuzanneCarolyn Suzanne SappKona, HawaiiMiss Hawaii24Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1993September 19, 1992Cornett, LeanzaLeanza CornettJacksonville, FloridaMiss Florida21Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & HydeMarried to ET correspondent Mark Steines
1994September 18, 1993Aiken, Kimberly ClariceKimberly Clarice AikenColumbia, South CarolinaMiss South Carolina18Vocal "Summertime
1995September 17, 1994Whitestone, HeatherHeather WhitestoneBirmingham, AlabamaMiss Alabama21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentBallet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa"First deaf Miss America
1996September 16, 1995Smith, ShawntelShawntel SmithMuldrow, OklahomaMiss Oklahoma24Vocal "The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is BornExecutive vice president of administration of PBH Holdings
1997September 14, 1996Holland, Tara DawnTara Dawn HollandOverland Park, KansasMiss Kansas23Preliminary SwimsuitClassical Vocal "Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from LakméThe video of her receiving her crown was shown at the beginning of the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
1998September 13, 1997Shindle, KatherineKatherine ShindleEvanston, IllinoisMiss Illinois21Preliminary TalentVocal "Don't Rain on My Parade"Performed in Legally Blonde on Broadway and other shows
1999September 19, 1998Johnson, NicoleNicole JohnsonRoanoke, VirginiaMiss Virginia24Vocal "That's Life"Johnson has diabetes and continues to raise awareness for it.
2000September 18, 1999French, HeatherHeather FrenchMaysville, KentuckyMiss Kentucky24Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard1st Miss Kentucky to become Miss America; Released her own designer clothing line
2001October 14, 2000Baraquio, Angela PerezAngela Perez BaraquioHonolulu, HawaiiMiss Hawaii24Preliminary SwimsuitHula "Theme from Mutiny on the Bounty"The first Filipino American and Asian American Miss America.
2002September 22, 2001Harman, KatieKatie HarmanGresham, OregonMiss Oregon21Preliminary TalentClassical Vocal "O mio babbino caro"Released first music CD, Soul of Love
2003September 21, 2002Harold, ErikaErika HaroldUrbana, IllinoisMiss Illinois22Classical Vocal "Habanera"
2004September 20, 2003Dunlap, ErickaEricka DunlapOrlando, FloridaMiss Florida21Vocal "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.
2005September 18, 2004Downs, DeidreDeidre DownsBirmingham, AlabamaMiss Alabama24Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"Won Miss Alabama on her 5th try
2006January 21, 2006Berry, JenniferJennifer BerryTulsa, OklahomaMiss Oklahoma22Preliminary TalentBallet en Pointe "Within"Won Miss Oklahoma on her fifth try
2007January 29, 2007Nelson, LaurenLauren NelsonLawton, OklahomaMiss Oklahoma20Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "You'll Be in My Heart"Started competing in pageants at the age of 15 and was Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen
2008January 26, 2008Haglund, KirstenKirsten HaglundFarmington Hills, MichiganMiss Michigan19Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "Over the Rainbow"Grandmother competed at Miss America as Miss Detroit; Miss America was only her third pageant and she was the youngest contestant
2009January 24, 2009Stam, KatieKatie StamSeymour, IndianaMiss Indiana22Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "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
2010January 30, 2010Cameron, CaressaCaressa CameronFredericksburg, VirginiaMiss Virginia22Preliminary TalentVocal "Listen"
2011January 15, 2011Scanlan, TeresaTeresa ScanlanGering, NebraskaMiss Nebraska17Preliminary TalentPiano "White Water Chopped Sticks" by Calvin JonesYoungest winner since Bette Cooper in 1937; First Miss Nebraska to become Miss America; Youngest Miss Nebraska ever crowned
2012January 14, 2012Kaeppeler, LauraLaura KaeppelerKenosha, WisconsinMiss Wisconsin23Preliminary TalentOperatic Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
2013January 12, 2013Hagan, MalloryMallory HaganOpelika, AlabamaMiss New York23Tap Dance to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing"
2014September 15, 2013Davuluri, NinaNina DavuluriFayetteville, New YorkMiss New York24Bollywood Fusion Dance "Dhoom Tana" from the film Om Shanti OmFirst Indian American winner of the Miss America contest and first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.

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

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