1940 Miss America Pageant - Frances Burke Miss Pennsylvania wins
Frances Burke, Miss Philadelphia, won the 1940 Miss America title and went on to become a well known model.
Winning the crown nine months after the blockbuster movie "Gone With the Wind" was released, the new queen, interestingly, resembles a somewhat chubby-faced sister of its star, Vivian Leigh, with sparkling eyes and wavy dark brunette hair.
Her first runner-up, Rosemary LaPlanche, Miss California, returns the next year to win the 1941 Miss America title, causing officials to change rules to prevent contestants from competing in the national pageant more than once.At the conclusion of her year, she returned to Atlantic City to crown her first runner-up, Rosemary LaPlanche, as her successor as Miss America 1941.
After her reign, Frances became a well known fashion model throughout the east.
She married Lawrence Kenney, a funeral supply firm owner, with whom she had four children. Later in life, she took up ice-dancing for fun.
Born in 1921, just a few months before the first Miss America, Margaret Gorman, was crowned, she died in 2005 at age eighty-four.
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