1933 Miss America Pageant
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- Miss America 1933: Marian Bergeron, Miss Connecticut
- 1st runner-up: Blanche McDonald, Miss California
- 2nd runner-up: Florence Meyers, Miss New York
- 3rd runner-up: Evangeline Glidwell, Miss Virginia
Marion Bergeron, Miss Connecticut, was chosen Miss America 1933 when the Miss America beauty contest was revived (briefly) in 1933. Only fifteen-and-a-half years old at the time she won, she was too young to drive the car she won as Miss America.
There was no talent competition at the time. The event would be added as an optional event in 1935.
Although she was preceded by Miss America 1927, Lois Delander, the last titleholder to be crowned before the beauty tournament was discontinued, Delander was not present to crown her.
The youngest winner ever, Marian Bergeron Miss America 1933, was dubbed “bay Vamp” and reign for two years.
It was the height of the Great Depression and the golden era of Hollywood. Despite being so young, Marian was the spitting image of bombshell screen star, Jean Harlow, known for her voluptuous figure, platinum blond hair, and pencil-thin eyebrows. She was crowned with a robe that the women of Atlantic City had carefully hand-crafted and stitched with beading.
Since a contest was not held in 1934, Marian unofficially reigned for two years until Miss America 1935, Henrietta Leaver was crowned.
Marian completed school and married an executive with whom she raised three children. Before passing away in 2002, Bergeron was widowed three times and blessed by twelve grandchildren.
She was both the youngest Miss America and the longest living as of 2012.
*Sources: Dayton Daily News