Heather French Henry
|Heather French Henry|
|Born||December 29, 1974|
|Alma mater||University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning|
|Title||Miss Louisville 1999
Miss Kentucky 1999
Miss America 2000
|Successor||Angela Perez Baraquio|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Henry (m. 2000–present)|
Raised in Maysville, Kentucky, Heather French Henry graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She competed in pageants through her teens, including the Miss Ohio pageant. She competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt in 1999. She won the 2000 Miss America pageant in September 1999, the first Kentuckian to do so. Her platform for her reign was raising awareness of homeless veterans; her father was a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. She has received numerous awards for her work with veterans.
In October 2003, French Henry struck and subsequently killed Karola Stede, 44, a native of Germany and mother of four who was crossing against the traffic light in a Louisville intersection. French said that the accident deeply affected her, and she subsequently recounted her story in venues such as The Oprah Winfrey Show.
On December 13, 2006, a California book publishing company filed a lawsuit against French Henry, claiming that she did not fulfill her contractual obligations regarding a children's book venture. The lawsuit seeks over $350,000 in damages.
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|Awards and achievements|
Angela Perez Baraquio
Shanna Kari Moore