Miss America 1925

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Miss America 1925
Date September 11, 1925
Presenters King Neptune (Ernest Torrence)
Venue Million Dollar Pier Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 66
Placements 15
Winner Fay Lanphier
California California
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Miss America 1925, the fifth Miss America pageant, was held at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, September 11, 1925. Entrants from the West Coast, Miss California, Fay Lanphier from Oakland, and Miss Los Angeles, Adrienne Dore, captured the top two awards. The newly crowned beauty queen was a runner-up in the 1924 competition.[1][2] Lanphier was also the first Miss America crowned representing an entire state.[3]

Reports were received that King Neptune, portrayed by actor Ernest Torrence, somehow fell into the ocean and had to be pulled out ("rescued") by lifeguards. Also on hand for the final night of pageant activities was Triton, son of Neptune, played by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.[4]

Ruth Malcomson the winner from the previous year decided not to defend her title due to her belief that professionals were entering the Inter-City competition as a Hollywood film was to be shot around the 1925 pageant. Her decision drew controversy in the press, and began false speculation that the pageant wasn't on the up and up. The pageant committee quickly instituted a new rule that no Miss America could return to competition.[5]

Contestants of the 1925 Miss America Pageant



Final results Contestant
Miss America 1925
1st runner-up
Top 15

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Rolling Chair Parade Winner


  1. ^ "Miss America's Smile Her Greatest Asset". The Pittsburgh Press. 1925-09-23. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Miss America Is Fay Lanphier Of California". Sandusky Star-Journal. 1925-09-12. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Miss America History 1925". Archived from the original on 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  4. ^ Universal Service (1924-09-11). "16 Entrants In Beauty Finals". San Antonio Light. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Miss America History 1924". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-13.

External links

  • Miss America official website
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