1933 Miss America Pageant

1933 Miss America Pageant - Marian Bergeron Miss Connecticut wins

Marion Bergeron, Miss Connecticut, was chosen Miss America 1933 when the Miss America beauty contest was revived (briefly) in 1933, shortly before the repeal of Prohibition's nationwide ban on alcohol, and during the Golden Age of Hollywood when voluptuous blond screen goddesses Greta Garbo, Mae West, Jean Harlow ruled Tinsel Town.

Marian Bergeron Miss America 1933
The youngest winner ever, Marian Bergeron Miss America 1933, was dubbed "bay Vamp" and reign for two years.

The judges awarded the crown to Bergeron, an extremely shapely blond who had entered the pageant as a summer lark -- and who easily could have passed as the little sister of the three screen goddesses.

It quickly made news that their new queen was a fifteen-year-old school girl who attended a nun-operated Convent school, who had merely entered the beauty contest as a summer adventure.

Upon her crowning, when pageant officials discovered her age, and that she was legally too young to accept any of the movie contracts the winner might be offered, she nearly lost her title -- but judges' adamant protestations saved the day.

She was allowed to keep the crown, but ironically, before the night was over, someone stole the tiara, and Marian returned home to explain the whole affair to the nuns (Note: The crown eventually was returned to the Miss America pageant which now proudly displays the relic).  Amused by the ruckus the underage vixen had caused, the press affectionately nicknamed her "Baby Vamp". 

Unfortunately, the beauty contest's revival was brief and it was promptly discontinued until 1935, allowing Marian to reign, in effect, for two years. Although there was no required Talent Competition until 1938, Marian was a talented vocalist who, during and after her reign, was a featured vocalist with renowned bands of the day, including Ozzie Nelson, Rudy Valle, Frankie Caryle, and Don Bestro.*

The event was revived again in 1936, this time for good.

Marian completed school and married an executive with whom she raised three children. Before passing away in 2002, Bergeron was widowed three times and blessed by twelve grandchildren. She was both the youngest Miss America and the longest living as of 2012.

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*Sources: Dayton Daily News

  • Miss America 1933: Marian Bergeron, Miss Connecticut
  • 1st runner-up: Blanche McDonald, Miss California
  • 2nd runner-up: Florence Meyers, Miss New York
  • 3rd runner-up: Evangeline Glidwell, Miss Virginia


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