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Former Rockette Wins Miss America Pageant

Sept. 9, 1961 - Miss North Carolina, 19-year-old Maria Beale Fletcher of Asheville, was crowned Miss America of 1962 today at the annual pageant in Atlantic City's Convention Hall. The new Miss America, a 1960 high school graduate, received a $10,000 college scholarship and will earn about $75,000 from appearances during her year's reign. Miss Fletcher, who hopes for a career in the entertainment field after finishing college, formerly worked as a Rockette at the Radio City Music Hall.


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