1969 Miss America Pageant

1969 Miss America Pageant

The 1969 Miss America pageant, which was won by Judith Ford, Miss Illinois, held in September 1968.


Judy Ford Miss America 1969
Judy Ford, Miss America 1969, Miss Illinois, won the talent competition performing on a trampoline.




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Pageant Results > Miss America Pageant > 1969 Judy Ford

  • Miss America 1969: Judith Anne Ford, Miss Illinois
  • 1st runner-up: Catherine Monroe, Miss Massachusetts
  • 2nd runner-up: Susan Arlene Thompson, Miss Iowa
  • 3rd runner-up: Marjean Kay Langley, Miss Oregon
  • 4th runner-up: Katherine Virginia Field, Miss Indiana

1969 Finalists

  • Miss Oregon - Worked a a "bacteriologist" in a pea cannery.
  • Miss Iowa - The beauty who won the swimsuit preliminary discusses the advantages of being an Air Force brat.
  • Miss Illinois - Estimates that she jumps 20-25 feet high on her trampoline.
  • Miss Massachusetts - Explains that she learned sign language to communicate with the children she wants to teach.
  • Miss Indiana - Spoke on benefits of public speaking.

1969 Semi-finalists

  • Miss Tennessee
  • Miss Oregon
  • Miss New York
  • Miss Iowa
  • Miss Florida
  • Miss Virginia
  • Miss Illinois
  • Miss Alabama
  • Miss Massachusetts
  • Miss Indiana

1969 Talent Competition

  • Miss Tennessee - A popular singer, she performed "What Now My Love".
  • Miss Oregon - Performed the famous classical ballet dance "The Dying Swan" en pointe - complete with flapping swan wings, etc.
  • Miss New York - Classical aria to Lakmé's "Où va la jeune Hindoue".
  • Miss Iowa - Performed the "Warsaw Concerto" on the piano.
  • Miss Florida - Charleston dance to "Twelfth Street Rag" (comical 1920's flapper routine where she blows bubble gum bubbles while energetically dancing the Charleston).
  • Miss Virginia - Performed "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" from the opera "Sampson and Delilah".
  • Miss Illinois - Gymnastics / acrobatic routine and a trampoline exhibit to the circus theme, "Blue Danube".
  • Miss Alabama - Played Debussy's "Gradus Ad Parnassum", "This Is My Country" and "America the Beautiful" on the piano.
  • Miss Massachusetts - Signed the song "What the World Needs Now", using what Bert Park introduced as "manual sign language" while slowly speaking the lyrics. Midway through her performance, she interrupted her signing to dance a bit.
  • Miss Indiana - Popular vocal: Sang Oscar Hammerstein's "Why Was I Born" from the musical "Sweet Adeline". 

Emcees and Hosts

  • Host: Bert Parks
  • Color Commentator: Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945

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