1942 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1942: Jo-Carroll Dennison, Miss Texas
1st runner-up: Bette Brunck, Miss Chicago
2nd runner-up: Patricia Uline Hill, Miss Michigan
3rd runner-up: Madeline Layton, Miss New Jersey
4th runner-up: Lucille Lambert, Miss California
Jo-Carroll Dennison, Miss Texas, was crowned Miss America 1942 in September 1941, after winning both the preliminary swimsuit competition and talent competition, where she sang and danced to “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.
Jo-Carroll Dennison Miss America 1942 become the first wartime titleholder months later when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor drawing the U.S. into World War II. Crowned by Miss America 1941 Rosemary LaPlanche, she was first Miss Texas ever to win the crown.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Jean Bartel Miss America 1943, Miss California.
After her reign, Jo-Carroll was signed by 20th Century-Fox and appeared in several movies including:
- “Winged Victory” (1944)
- “State Fair” (1945)
- “The Jolson Story” (1946)
- “Prehistoric Women” (1950)
- “Beyond the Purple Hills” (1950)
- “Pickup” (1951)
In an interesting coincidence, in 1970 Dennison judged the Miss Texas Pageant,
where Miss Denton, Phyllis George, was named the winner, starting her on the road to becoming the second Texas to becoming Miss America 1971.**
Dennison later married and divorced comedian Phil Silvers, followed by a marriage to Russell Stoneham, a CBS executive, with whom she had two sons. She lived in California where she was an advocate of hospice care.
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