1962 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1962: Maria Beale Fletcher, Miss North Carolina
1st runner-up: Frances Jane Anderson, Miss Arkansas
2nd runner-up: Carolyn DeAnn Lasater, Miss Utah
3rd runner-up: Linda Jacklyn Loftis, Miss Texas
4th runner-up: Nancee Ann Parkinson, Miss Minnesota
Maria Beale Fletcher, Miss North Carolina, won the 1962 Miss America Pageant in September 1961 in Atlantic City. She was crowned by her predecessor, Nancy Fleming Miss America 1961, of Michigan.
Fletcher was a Radio City Rockette when she won the national title. After a successful reign, she return to crown her successor, Jacquelyn Mayer, Miss America 1963, Miss Ohio.
A popular titleholder, Maria has been active supporting the program for many years.
She used her scholarship to attend Vanderbilt where she later graduated. Fletcher then married and reared two children.
Today, Maria enjoys being a writer and performer, and is committed to animal rights and the environment.