1925 Miss America Pageant

1925 Miss America Pageant - Fay Lanphier Miss California wins

Fay Lanphier, Miss California, was won the 1925 Miss America Pageant. In the 1924 pageant the previous year, she had placed as a runner-up to Ruth Malcomson in a competitive crowd that included Mary Katherine Campbell, Miss America 1923, who finished second.

Fay Lanphier Miss America 1927
Fay Lanphier Miss America 1927, Miss California, placed second the Miss America 1924 before returning the next year to win the crown.
By the mid-twenties, the Miss America pageant had grown so dramatically that the annual event was drawing an estimated 100,000 tourists, generating massive publicity for Atlantic City, and attractive contestants from across the country and as far away as Canada.

The first Miss America from the west coast, Fay's win quickly brought her celebrity. She was honored by traveling to New York City in President Coolidge's presidential railway car, the Constitution, with police officers on motorcycles escorting her car through New York City.

Later she returned to California where she appeared in The American Venus, a movie about a young women who dreams of becoming Miss America, and in a Laurel and Hardy movie.

After her reign, Fay was married to Sidney Speagle Jr., the son of a wealthy Chicago businessman, for six months before they divorced.* A year later, she married Winfield  Daniels, a California an engineer /business owner, with whom she had two daughters. She died in 1959.

Source: * www.ohsmemorial.com

  • Miss America 1925: Fay Lanphier, Miss California
  • 1st runner-up: Adrienne Dore, Miss Los Angeles, California

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