1938 Miss America Pageant
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Marilyn Meseke, Miss Ohio, was named Miss America 1938 on September 10, 1938, during the first year that the pageant required contestants to perform in a new phase of competition, one that would soon come to be a hallmark of the Miss America pageant, the
Talent Competition. Meseke had the distinction of being twice crowned Miss Ohio (
1938 was the first year talent was a required phase of competition. With tap-dancers like Shirley Temple and Ginger Rogers emblazoned on the Silver Screen nationwide, and Meseke being a talented tap-dancer who would later own her own dance studio – she was a perfect choice for the times. She danced to “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise”, an apt selection at the height of the Great Depression. >> Complete List of Miss America Talents
At the conclusion of her reign, she returned to Atlantic City to crown her successor, Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939, Miss Michigan.
After her reign, Meseke opened a dance school, where she specialized in teaching tap dancing.
Widowed twice, Marilyn married pilot Major Stanley Hume, with whom she had a son. After being widowed, she married another pilot, Benjamin Rogers.