1969 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1969: Judith Anne Ford, Miss Illinois
1st runner-up: Catherine Monroe, Miss Massachusetts
2nd runner-up: Susan Arlene Thompson, Miss Iowa
3rd runner-up: Marjean Kay Langley, Miss Oregon
4th runner-up: Katherine Virginia Field, Miss Indiana 1969
1969 Miss America Pageant Top 5
Miss Oregon – Worked a a “bacteriologist” in a pea cannery.
Miss Iowa – The beauty who won the swimsuit preliminary discusses the advantages of being an Air Force brat.
Miss Illinois – Estimates that she jumps 20-25 feet high on her trampoline.
Miss Massachusetts – Explains that she learned sign language to communicate with the children she wants to teach.
Miss Indiana – Spoke on benefits of public speaking.
1969 Miss America Pageant Top 10
Miss New York
The 1969 Miss America pageant, which was won by Judith Ford, Miss Illinois, held on September 8, 1968 . She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss America 1968, Deborah Dene Barnes of Oklahoma.
A champion athlete, Judy Ford won the talent competition performing on a trampoline. She was a double preliminary winner, walking off with the swimsuit competition and talent competition trophies earlier that week.
In the evening gown competition she wore a light blue satin gown with matching shoes. She switched to a white satin gown with gold embroidery and beading on the bodice for the announcement of Miss America. Throughout the pageant, she wore her hair in a beehive pageant hairstyle and wore small earrings.
A blue-eyed platinum blond, she broke a decade-long string of brunette winners.
Ford’s answer to her final question (How can people live together more peaceably?): “I think a person has to learn that he is not better than his neighbor and that all people are equal and should be given an equal opportunity.”
Judy Ford, Miss Illinois, Miss America 1969
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1970 Pamela Eldred, Miss Michigan.
Facts About Miss America 1969
- State: Miss Illinois Local: Miss Boone County
- Age: 18 Talent: Trampoline exhibit(Only Miss America ever to win with a trampoline
- Sports: A Junior National Trampoline Champion
- Education: Physical education major at the University of Illinois. Earned a B.S. degree in physical education.
- Honors: member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
1969 Miss America Pageant Talent Competition
Miss Tennessee – A popular singer, she performed “What Now My Love“.
Miss Oregon – Performed the famous classical ballet dance “The Dying Swan” en pointe – complete with flapping swan wings, etc.
Miss New York – Classical aria to Lakmé’s “Où va la jeune Hindoue”.Miss Iowa – Performed the “Warsaw Concerto” on the piano.
Miss Florida – Charleston dance to “Twelfth Street Rag” (comical 1920’s flapper routine where she blows bubble gum bubbles while energetically dancing the Charleston).
Miss Virginia – Performed “My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice” from the opera “Sampson and Delilah“.
Miss Illinois – Trampoline exhibit
Miss Alabama – Played Debussy’s “Gradus Ad Parnassum“, “This Is My Country” and “America the Beautiful” on the piano.
Miss Massachusetts – Signed the song “What the World Needs Now“, using what Bert Park introduced as “manual sign language” while slowly speaking the lyrics. Midway through her performance, she interrupted her signing to dance a bit.
Miss Indiana – Popular vocal: Sang Oscar Hammerstein’s “Why Was I Born” from the musical “Sweet Adeline“.
Emcees and Hosts
Host: Bert Parks
Color Commentator: Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945