Famous Pageant Winners
From Halle Berry to Oprah Winfrey - Famous Pageant Winners and Losers
Halle Berry - Miss Ohio USA 1986
She is the first African-American woman ever to win an Academy Award for her performance in the film, Monster's ball in 2002.
Lindsay BloomBloom, the 4th runner-up at the Miss International Pageant, achieved fame playing sexy blonds on TV sitcoms: Daisy on The Dukes of Hazards, Ray Krebb's girlfriend on Dallas, and Vega$.
Later, she dyed her trademark blond tresses brunette to play Stacy Keach's sidekick, Velda, on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.
Delta Burke - Miss Florida 1973
One of the best known "losers" at the Miss America Pageant, Delta competed as Miss Florida in the 1974 contest. She failed to make the top ten after performing her British dramatic recital about soon-to-be-executed Queen Anne Boleyn, with a Southern accent.
Later, she trademarked the role of former beauty queen as Suzanne Sugarbaker on the hit series, Designing Women, and starred in Filthy Rich and Love and Curses and All That Jazz.
Delta's other pageant titles included Miss Florida Flame, Miss Veteran's Day, Miss Orlando Action Princess, and Miss All-American Girl.
Gretchen Carlson - Miss America 1989
This high school valedictorian and Stanford University student who had also
studied at Oxford University in England, Carlson was chosen as Miss American 1989. Competing as Miss Minnesota, she is the only
classical violinist to win and is credited with being one of the brightest titleholders ever.
Gretchen joined FOX News (FNC) as an anchor in June 2005. She serves as co-anchor of Fox's live morning show, "FOX & Friends," which is rated as cable's number one morning program.
Gretchen's work as a television journalist has been honored by three American Women in Radio and Television National Awards (Gracie Awards), including awards for her coverage of domestic violence, daycare security, and best network feature.
Leanza Cornett - Miss America 1992
Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1992, who was the first Miss Florida to
win the Miss America title, has appeared as a reporter on Entertainment Tonight,
co-hosted numerous shows including Lifetime Network's
New Attitudes, and starred in Barefoot in the Park.
Jamie Nicole Dudney - Miss Tennessee 1993Miss Tennessee 1993 now appears as Georgia in the daytime soap, As the World Turns.
Lara Dutta - Miss Universe 2002The elegant Miss Universe 2002 from India has gone on to enjoy film success in her native countries famous Bollywood.
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Bobbie Eakes - Miss Georgia 1981Eakes, who competed as Miss Georgia in the 1982 Miss America Pageant, won the role of Macy on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Mary Frann - America's Junior Miss 1961Mary Frann won the 1961 America's Junior Miss title before going on to star as Joanna Loudon on the hit sitcom Newhart.
She attended Northwestern University and founded the America's Junior Miss Council in 1995. Frann died in 1998.
Phyllis George - Miss America 1971Phyllis, who won the 1971 Miss America title as Miss Texas, was the only winner to drop her crown on live television.
She went on to become the first successful female sports anchor (NFL Today) and starred on Candid Camera, People, and CBS's The Morning News. She later served as First Lady of Kentucky with (now ex-) husband, John Y. Brown.
Kathie Lee Gifford - Maryland's Junior Miss
to TV fame as star of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,
Kathie Lee Gifford represented Maryland in the America's Junior Miss Pageant.
Karen Morris Gowdy - America's Junior Miss 1974
Karen Morris was crowned America's Junior Miss of 1974. She graduated from the University of Wyoming and married Curt Gowdy Jr. Karen's career in acting has included playing Dr. Faith Coleridge for almost a decade on the Emmy-winning Ryan's Hope.
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