1977 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1977: Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota
1st runner-up: Lavinia Merle Cox, Miss South Carolina
2nd runner-up: Carmen McCollum, Miss Texas
3rd runner-up: Linda Michelle Mouron, Miss California
4th runner-up: Sonja Beverly Anderson, Miss New York
Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota, was crowned Miss America 1976 by New York’s outgoing Miss America 1976, Tawny Godin. Blessed wit a gorgeous voice and figure, Benham was a double preliminary winner who walked off with both the talent and swimsuit competitions earlier in the week.
She performed the classical aria “Adele’s Laughing Song” in the talent competition, which is still considered one of the finest talent performances ever given at the Miss America Pageant.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1978, Susan Perkins, Miss Ohio. Benham was profiled in People magazine in an article, “A Former Miss America Celebrates When Her Iceman Cometh Home.”