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.Washington, 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, OhioOhio Miss Columbus16No Talent Competition
1923September 7, 1923Campbell, MaryMary CampbellColumbus, Ohio17No 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, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Miss Philadelphia18No Talent Competition
1925September 11, 1925Lanphier, FayFay LanphierOakland, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss California19No Talent Competition
1926September 10, 1926Smallwood, NormaNorma SmallwoodTulsa, OklahomaOklahoma Miss Tulsa18Bather's Revue Winner, Evening Gown AwardNo Talent Competition
1927September 9, 1927Delander, LoisLois DelanderJoliet, IllinoisIllinois Miss Illinois17No Talent Competition
1933September 9, 1933Bergeron, MarianMarian BergeronWest Haven, ConnecticutConnecticut Miss 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, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Miss Pittsburgh17Vocal / Tap Dance "Living In a Great Big Way"
1936September 12, 1936Coyle, RoseRose CoylePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Miss Philadelphia22Preliminary TalentVocal / Tap Dance "I Can't Escape From You" & "Truckin'"
1937September 11, 1937Cooper, BetteBette CooperBertrand Island, New JerseyNew Jersey Miss Bertrand Island17Evening Gown AwardVocal "When the Poppies Bloom Again"
1938September 10, 1938Meseke, MarilynMarilyn MesekeMarion, OhioOhio Miss 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, MichiganMichigan Miss Michigan19Vocal / Bass Fiddle "To You" & "Ol' Man Mose"
1940September 7, 1940Burke, Frances MarieFrances Marie BurkePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Miss Philadelphia19Preliminary SwimsuitVocal / Dance "I Can't Love You Anymore"
1941September 6, 1941LaPlanche, RosemaryRosemary LaPlancheLos Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss 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, TexasTexas Miss Texas18Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal and Dance "Deep in the Heart of Texas"
1943September 11, 1943Bartel, JeanJean BartelLos Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss California19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal "Night and Day"
1944September 9, 1944Ramey, VenusVenus RameyWashington, D.C.Washington, D.C. Miss Washington, DC19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal / Dance "Take It Easy"
1945September 8, 1945Myerson, BessBess MyersonNew York City, New YorkNew York Miss 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, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss California21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie)Dramatic Monologue "Accent on Youth"
1947September 6, 1947Walker, Barbara JoBarbara Jo WalkerMemphis, TennesseeTennessee Miss Memphis21Preliminary TalentArt Display & Vocal Medley "One Kiss" & "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
1948September 11, 1948Shopp, BeBeBeBe ShoppHopkins, MinnesotaMinnesota Miss Minnesota18Preliminary SwimsuitVibraharp "Caprice Viennois" by Fritz KreislerFirst Miss Minnesota to win Miss America title.
1949September 10, 1949Mercer, JacqueJacque MercerLitchfield Park, ArizonaArizona Miss Arizona18Preliminary Swimsuit (tie), Preliminary TalentDramatic Reading from Romeo and Juliet
1951September 9, 1950Betbeze, YolandeYolande BetbezeMobile, AlabamaAlabama Miss 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, UtahUtah Miss Utah25Preliminary TalentDramatic Monologue "Elizabeth the Queen" by Maxwell Anderson
1953September 6, 1952Langley, Neva JaneNeva Jane LangleyPennsylvania Macon, GeorgiaGeorgia (U.S. state) Miss Georgia19Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentClassical Piano "Toccata"
1954September 12, 1953Ay, Evelyn MargaretEvelyn Margaret AyEphrata, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Miss Pennsylvania20Preliminary SwimsuitPoetry Recitation "Footsteps" from Leaves from a Grass-House by Don BlandingLast winner before pageant is televised
1955September 11, 1954Meriwether, LeeLee MeriwetherSan Francisco, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss California19Preliminary SwimsuitDramatic Monologue "Riders to the Sea"Actress, starred in Batman, Barnaby Jones, All My Children
1956September 10, 1955Ritchie, SharonSharon RitchieDenver, ColoradoColorado Miss Colorado18Recitation "The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
1957September 8, 1956McKnight, MarianMarian McKnightManning, South CarolinaSouth Carolina Miss South Carolina19Comedy Sketch "The Monroe Doctrine"
1958September 7, 1957Van Derbur, MarilynMarilyn Van DerburDenver, ColoradoColorado Miss Colorado20Organ "Tea for Two" & "Tenderly"
1959September 6, 1958Mobley, Mary AnnMary Ann MobleyBrandon, MississippiMississippi Miss 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, Mississippi20Original Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia"
1961September 10, 1960Fleming, Nancy AnnNancy Ann FlemingMontague, MichiganMichigan Miss Michigan18Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary Talent (tie)Presentation of Dress Design
1962September 9, 1961Fletcher, Maria BealeMaria Beale FletcherAsheville, North CarolinaNorth Carolina Miss North Carolina19Preliminary SwimsuitTap Dance to recorded version of her own voice singing "Somebody Loves Me"
1963September 8, 1962Mayer, JacquelynJacquelyn MayerSandusky, OhioOhio Miss Ohio20Broadway Vignette "Wishing Upon a Star," "My Favorite Things" & "The White Cliffs of Dover"
1964September 7, 1963Axum, DonnaDonna AxumEl Dorado, ArkansasArkansas Miss 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, ArizonaArizona Miss Arizona21Miss CongenialityVentriloquism & Singing "Together"Only Miss Congeniality award winner to win Miss America
1966September 11, 1965Bryant, Deborah IreneDeborah Irene BryantOverland Park, KansasKansas Miss 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, OklahomaOklahoma Miss Oklahoma19Preliminary TalentVocal / Orchestra Conducting "1-2-3"
1968September 9, 1967Barnes, Debra DeneDebra Dene BarnesMoran, KansasKansas Miss Kansas20Preliminary SwimsuitPiano Solo "Born Free"
1969September 7, 1968Ford, Judith AnneJudith Anne FordBelvidere, IllinoisIllinois Miss Illinois18Preliminary Talent, Preliminary SwimsuitAcrobatic Dance & Trampoline Act "The Blue Danube"
1970September 6, 1969Eldred, Pamela AnnePamela Anne EldredWest Bloomfield, MichiganMichigan Miss Michigan21Preliminary SwimsuitBallet "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet"
1971September 12, 1970George, Phyllis AnnPhyllis Ann GeorgeDenton, TexasTexas Miss 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, OhioOhio Miss Ohio22Preliminary SwimsuitSemi Classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"
1973September 9, 1972Meeuwsen, Terry AnneTerry Anne MeeuwsenDe Pere, WisconsinWisconsin Miss Wisconsin23Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentVocal "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat!Co-host of The 700 Club
1974September 8, 1973King, Rebecca AnnRebecca Ann KingDenver, ColoradoColorado Miss Colorado23Vocal "If I Ruled the World"
1975September 7, 1974Cothran, ShirleyShirley CothranFort Worth, TexasTexas Miss Texas21Preliminary SwimsuitFlute Medley "Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
1976September 6, 1975Godin, Tawny ElaineTawny Elaine GodinYonkers, New YorkNew York Miss New York18Original Piano Composition "Images in Pastels"
1977September 11, 1976Benham, Dorothy KathleenDorothy Kathleen BenhamEdina, MinnesotaMinnesota Miss Minnesota20Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentClassical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1978September 10, 1977Perkins, Susan YvonneSusan Yvonne PerkinsColumbus, OhioOhio Miss Ohio23Preliminary TalentVocal "Good Morning Heartache"
1979September 9, 1978Barker, KyleneKylene BarkerGalax, VirginiaVirginia Miss Virginia22Gymnastics Routine "Gonna Fly Now" & "Feelin So Good"First Miss Virginia to win Miss America title.
1980September 8, 1979Prewitt, CherylCheryl PrewittAckerman, MississippiMississippi Miss Mississippi22Preliminary SwimsuitVocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud"
1981September 6, 1980Powell, Susan CarolSusan Carol PowellElk City, OklahomaOklahoma Miss Oklahoma21Preliminary Talent (tie)Classical Vocal "The Telephone Aria"
1982September 12, 1981Ward, Grace ElizabethGrace Elizabeth WardCabot, ArkansasArkansas Miss Arkansas20Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "After You've Gone"
1983September 18, 1982Maffett, Debra SueDebra Sue MaffettAnaheim, CaliforniaCalifornia Miss 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 LynnVanessa Lynn WilliamsMillwood, New YorkNew York Miss 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 JerseyNew Jersey Miss 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, UtahUtah Miss 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, MississippiMississippi Miss Mississippi21Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "You're My World"
1987September 13, 1986Cash, KellyeKellye CashMemphis, TennesseeTennessee Miss Tennessee21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentPiano / Vocal "I'll Be Home"Grandniece of Johnny Cash
1988September 19, 1987Rafko, Kaye Lani RaeKaye Lani Rae RafkoMonroe, MichiganMichigan Miss Michigan24Preliminary SwimsuitHawaiian-Tahitian dancePresident of Gabby's Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families
1989September 10, 1988Carlson, Gretchen ElizabethGretchen Elizabeth CarlsonAnoka, MinnesotaMinnesota Miss Minnesota22Preliminary TalentClassical Violin "Zigeunerweisen"Anchor on Fox & Friends and graduated from Stanford University
1990September 16, 1989Turner, Debbye LynnDebbye Lynn TurnerMexico, MissouriMissouri Miss 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, IllinoisIllinois Miss Illinois25Preliminary TalentClassical Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"First Miss America winner of Haitian descent
1992September 14, 1991Sapp, Carolyn SuzanneCarolyn Suzanne SappKona, HawaiiHawaii Miss Hawaii24Preliminary SwimsuitVocal "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1993September 19, 1992Cornett, LeanzaLeanza CornettJacksonville, FloridaFlorida Miss Florida21Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & HydeMarried to ET correspondent Mark Steines
1994September 18, 1993Aiken, Kimberly ClariceKimberly Clarice AikenColumbia, South CarolinaSouth Carolina Miss South Carolina18Vocal "Summertime
1995September 17, 1994Whitestone, HeatherHeather WhitestoneBirmingham, AlabamaAlabama Miss Alabama21Preliminary Swimsuit, Preliminary TalentBallet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa"First deaf Miss America
1996September 16, 1995Smith, ShawntelShawntel SmithMuldrow, OklahomaOklahoma Miss 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, KansasKansas Miss 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, IllinoisIllinois Miss Illinois21Preliminary TalentVocal "Don't Rain on My Parade"Performed in Legally Blonde on Broadway and other shows
1999September 19, 1998Johnson, Lauren NicoleLauren Nicole JohnsonRoanoke, VirginiaVirginia Miss Virginia24Vocal "That's Life"Johnson has diabetes and continues to raise awareness for it.
2000September 18, 1999French, Heather ReneeHeather Renee FrenchMaysville, KentuckyKentucky Miss 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, HawaiiHawaii Miss Hawaii24Preliminary SwimsuitHula "Theme from Mutiny on the Bounty"The first Filipino American and Asian American Miss America.
2002September 22, 2001Harman, KatieKatie HarmanGresham, OregonOregon Miss Oregon21Preliminary TalentClassical Vocal "O mio babbino caro"Released first music CD, Soul of Love
2003September 21, 2002Harold, ErikaErika HaroldUrbana, IllinoisIllinois Miss Illinois22Classical Vocal "Habanera"
2004September 20, 2003Dunlap, Ericka YolandaEricka Yolanda DunlapOrlando, FloridaFlorida Miss 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, AlabamaAlabama Miss Alabama24Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"Won Miss Alabama on her 5th try
2006January 21, 2006Berry, JenniferJennifer BerryTulsa, OklahomaOklahoma Miss Oklahoma22Preliminary TalentBallet en Pointe "Within"Won Miss Oklahoma on her fifth try
2007January 29, 2007Nelson, LaurenLauren NelsonLawton, 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, Kirsten IoraKirsten Iora HaglundFarmington Hills, MichiganMichigan Miss 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, IndianaIndiana Miss 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, VirginiaVirginia Miss Virginia22Preliminary TalentVocal "Listen"
2011January 15, 2011Scanlan, TeresaTeresa ScanlanGering, NebraskaNebraska Miss 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, Laura MarieLaura Marie KaeppelerKenosha, WisconsinWisconsin Miss Wisconsin23Preliminary TalentOperatic Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
2013January 12, 2013Hagan, MalloryMallory HaganBrooklyn, New YorkNew York Miss New York23Tap Dance to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing"
2014September 15, 2013Davuluri, NinaNina DavuluriFayetteville, 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.
2015September 14, 2014Kazantsev, KiraKira KazantsevManhattan, New York23Vocal with cup percussion, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

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

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