1936 Miss America Pageant
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Rose Coyle, Miss Philadelphia, was named Miss America 1936, after a talent performance that was so popular, she was allowed to follow with an encore.
Rose Coyle, Miss Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a 5'6" tall twenty-two-year-old brunette, won the 1936 Miss America pageant. She was the second Miss Philadelphia to win the title.
In what was then an optional talent competition, she sang "I Can't Escape from You" followed by an eight-minute-long tap dance to "Truckin’” that was so popular with the audience that she was allowed to return onstage for an encore - a first in a talent competition.*
At the conclusion of her reign, she returned to Atlantic City to crown her successor, Bette Cooper, Miss America 1936, Miss Bertrand Island.
Admitting that she had hopes of eventually being in motion pictures, Rose went on to appear with Abbott and Costello, but did not pursue a film career, opting for marriage and motherhood instead.
In 1938, she married Leonard Schlessinger, a top Warner Brothers Theaters executive with who she had a daughter Diane. Widowed, she later married Robert Dingler, an executive. She died in 1988.
Sources: *Miss America organization
Note: Results prior to 1936 are incomplete. Placement Key: BR=Bather's Review | MP=Most Popular | F=Finalist | EG=Evening Gown Award | T=Talent Award | BM= Best Model | S=Swimsuit Award | MC=Miss Congeniality | QL=Quality of Life Award
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