Miss America 1948

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Miss America 1948
Date September 11, 1948
Presenters Bob Russell
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 55
Placements 15
Winner BeBe Shopp
Minnesota Minnesota
← 1947
1949 →

Miss America 1948, the 22nd Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11, 1948.[1]

The winner, BeBe Shopp, was the first Miss Minnesota to take the crown. Shopp performed a song on a Vibraharp during the talent competition. Later in life, she became an Episcopalian minister.

Third runner-up, Miss Kansas, Vera J. Ralston, and another finalist, representing Chicago, Lois Nettleton, went on to become the successful Hollywood actresses.


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1948
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 15


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality


  1. ^ Associated Press (1948-09-12). "Scholarship and Auto Prizes Go to New Miss America". Milwaukee Journal. p. 24.

Secondary sources

  • Saulino Osborne, Angela (1995). "Miss Americas and their Courts". Miss America The Dream Lives On. Taylor Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87833-110-7.

External links

  • Miss America official website
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