Miss America 1971

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Miss America 1971
Date September 12, 1970
Presenters Bert Parks
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster NBC
Winner Phyllis George
Texas Texas
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Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

Miss America 1971, the 44th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 12, 1970.[1][2] The Women's Liberation Front demonstrated at the event[1] and Miss Iowa 1970, Cheryl Browne,[3] was the first African American contestant in the history of the Miss America pageant.[1][4][5] Miss South Dakota 1970 Mary Harum (Mary Hart) and Miss New Jersey 1970 Hela Yungst would both become media personalities.

Miss Texas 1970, Phyllis George, was crowned Miss America 1971. George would later become a noted media personality, featured on the CBS football program The NFL Today, as well as the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.

In August 1971, George traveled to Vietnam with Miss Nevada 1970, Vicky Jo Todd, Miss New Jersey 1970, Hela Yungst, Miss Arizona 1970, Karen Shields, Miss Arkansas 1970, Donna Connelly, Miss Iowa 1970, Cheryl Browne, and Miss Texas 1970 (George's replacement after she became Miss America), Belinda Myrick.[6] They were participating in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there. The tour began in Saigon.[4][5][6] Browne later commented that she thought "it was one of the last Miss America groups to go to Vietnam."[5]


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1971
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality


  • It Happened Here in New Jersey - Contains photograph of Miss Iowa Cheryl Browne and Miss Maryland Sharon Ann Cannon in the period before the Miss America Pageant 1971 on September 8, 1970.
  • Photographs taken at the MISS AMERICA U.S.O. SHOW to Vietnam in 1971


  1. ^ a b c Musel, Robert (1970-08-26). "Television in Review". The Bryan Times p. 16 (United Press International). Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ There she is: From 1921 to 2014, see the Miss America pageant through the years:1971
  3. ^ List of Miss Iowa Winners
  4. ^ a b Cauley, Paul (1971). "Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971 Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn (Text by Belinda Myrick-Barnett)". Paul Cauley.
  5. ^ a b c Davis, Shirley (2000-10-19). "History follows former Miss Iowa First black pageant winner recalls her crowning moment". Quad-City Times.
  6. ^ a b Associated Press (1971-08-11). "People in News". Kentucky New Era p. 23. Missing or empty |url= (help)
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