1940 Miss America Pageant

1940 Miss America Pageant - Frances Burke Miss Pennsylvania wins

Frances Marie Burke Miss America 1940
Frances Burke, Miss Philadelphia, won the 1940 Miss America title and went on to become a well known model.
Frances Burke, Miss Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, won the 1940 Miss America pageant. She was crowned by her predecessor, Patricia Donnelly Miss America 1939.


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.


all Miss Americas

  • Miss America 1940: Frances Burke, Miss Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
  • 1st runner-up: Rosemary LaPlanche, Miss California (Miss America 1941)
  • 2nd runner-up: Monnie Drake, Miss Michigan
  • 3rd runner-up:  Polly Connors, Miss Massachusetts
  • 4th runner-up: Dorothy Slatten, Miss Kentucky


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