Miss America Pageant Results 1951

1951 Miss America Pageant - Yolande Betbeze Miss Alabama wins

Yolande Betbeze, Miss Alabama, won the 1951 Miss America Pageant in September 1950, making her the first winner to have a post-dated title.  She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss America 1949 Jacque Mercer of Arizona.

Yolande Betbeze Miss America 1951
Yolande Betbeze Miss America 1951 helped launch the rival Miss Universe Pageant when she refused to pose in swimsuits after her victory.


An outstanding opera singer, Betbeze won both the preliminary talent competition and swimsuit competition. She delivered an operatic performance of "Sempre Libera/Caro Nome" that is considered to have been one of the finest talent performances ever delivered at the pageant.

She returned to Atlantic City in September 1951 to crown her successor, Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss America 1952, of Utah.

She married movie tycoon Matthew Fox, with whom she has a daughter. Now widowed, she is a prominent socialite.

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Sources: There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America

  • Miss America 1951: Yolande Betbeze, Miss Alabama
  • 1st runner-up: Irene O'Connor, Miss South Dakota
  • 2nd runner-up: Jane Ruth Crockett, Miss Florida
  • 3rd runner-up:  Mary Jennings, Miss Arkansas
  • 4th runner-up: Louise O'Brien, Miss Oklahoma


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