1960 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1960: Lynda Lee Mead, Miss Mississippi
1st runner-up: Mary Alice Fox, Miss Wisconsin
2nd runner-up: Sharon Joyce Vaugh, Miss Washington
3rd runner-up: Susan Diane Broson, Miss California
4th runner-up: Patricia Anne Allebrand, Miss Arizona
1960 Miss America Pageant Top 10
Miss Arizona, Patricia Anne Allebrand
Miss California, Susan Diane Broson
Miss Canada, Rosemary Catherine Kreenan
Miss Illinois, Suzanne Ingeborg Johnson
Miss Mississippi, Lynda Lee Mead
Miss New York State, Bonnie Jo Marquis
Miss Pennsylvania, Lois Janet Piercy
Miss Tennessee, Marion Lee Wayland
Miss Washington, Sharon Joyce Vaugh
Miss Wisconsin, Mary Alice Fox
Lynda Lee Mead, Miss Mississippi, won the 1960 Miss America Pageant, becoming the second of two Miss Mississippi titleholders to win back-to-back Miss America titles … The other being her predecessor – Ole Miss classmate and Chi Omega sorority sister – Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959. She had not won a preliminary award in either swimsuit or talent.
She returned to crown her successor, Nancy Fleming, Miss America 1961, of Michigan.
Lynda later married Dr. John Shea, a surgeon, with whom she has grown children. She resides in Memphis where she is prominently involved in community affairs.
The announcement of the top 10 is a substantial departure from the format used in modern pageantry. Rather than having the ten semi-finalists announced during the live television broadcast, the top 10 wait backstage while the reminder of contestants are introduced in alphabetical order during the Parade of States. As the Convention Hall audience and home viewers notice that certain states are being skipped over during the introduction, they realize (Ahah!) that the missed state is among the top 10. The first the audience sees of these semi-finalists is when they are introduced in the evening gown competition.
Miss Congeniality is Miss Hawaii, Gordean Lee.
Host – Bert ParksColor Commentator – Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958