Miss America Pageant Results 1938

1938 Miss America Pageant

Pageant Results > Miss America Pageant > 1938 Marilyn Meseke

Marilyn Meseke, Miss Ohio, was named Miss America 1938 on September 10, 1938, during the first year that the pageant required contestants to perform in a new phase of competition, one that would soon come to be a hallmark of the Miss America pageant, the Talent Competition

Marilyn Meseke Miss America 1938
Ohio's Marilyn Meseke was named Miss America 1938 after performing a tap dance in the talent competition. 1938 was the first year talent was a required phase of competition.



At the conclusion of her reign, she returned to Atlantic City to crown her successor, Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939, Miss Michigan.

After her reign, Meseke opened a dance school, where she specialized in teaching tap dancing. Widowed twice, Marilyn married pilot Major Stanley Hume, with whom she had a son. After being widowed, she married pilot Benjamin Rogers.

all Miss Americas

  • Miss America 1938: Marilyn Meseke, Miss Ohio
  • 1st runner-up: Claire James, Miss California
  • 2nd runner-up: Muriel La Von Goodspeed, Miss Utah
  • 3rd runner-up:  Ruth Brady, Miss Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 4th runner-up: Gloria Smyley, Miss Jacksonville, Florida

Sources: *"Marion" by Stuart J. Koblentz, **"Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown"

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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