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.
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.
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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