Miss America 1949

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Miss America 1949
Date September 10, 1949
Presenters Governor Alfred E. Driscoll, Bob Russell
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 52
Placements 15
Winner Jacque Mercer
Arizona Arizona
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Miss America 1949, the 23rd Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 1949. The 1949 pageant marked the first time that a public official, New Jersey Governor Alfred E. Driscoll, had taken part in the coronation, placing the jeweled crown on the new queen's head.[1]

The winner, Jacque Mercer, was the first Miss Arizona to take the crown, as well as the last previously married woman before the Miss America pageant adopted new rules.

Among the finalists was Betty Jane Crowley, Miss New Jersey, who became an actress and guest-starred in dozens of television series, billed professionally as Kathleen Crowley. Another future actress, Allison Hayes, competed in the pageant as Miss District of Columbia.


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1949
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 (1949-09-12). "Jacque Mercer Miss America". Morning Herald. p. 1.

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.

Lillian Ross, "Symbol of all we possess (October 22, 1949 (On the Miss America pageant))" from "The 40s: The story of a decade: The New Yorker" Edited by Henry Finder with Giles Harvey Modern Library, New York Copyright 2014 by The New Yorker Magazine

External links

  • Miss America official website
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