1965 Miss America Pageant - Vonda Kay Van Dyke Miss Arizona wins
Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Miss Arizona, won the 1965 Miss America Pageant, despite failing to win either a preliminary swimsuit or talent competition award. She was the first Miss Arizona to win the title since Jacque Mercer won the 1949 Miss America Pageant. She was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1964, Donna Axum of Arkansas.
Miss America 1965 Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Miss Arizona, with her dummy Kurley-Q.
Vonda was also the only Miss America ever to be voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants - a highly unusual honor which she retains to this day.
After her reign, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles to study radio and television, and toured the country for a time as an entertainer, including appearances with Jack Benny.
Now, a well-known Christian speaker and author, Vonda is married to David Scoates, a Methodist minister, and has one daughter, Vandy.
Source: Ocala Star-Banner (February 6, 1987)
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