Marilyn Van Derbur

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Marilyn Van Derbur
Born June 6, 1937
Alma mater University of Colorado
Title Miss America 1958
Predecessor Marian McKnight
Successor Mary Ann Mobley

Marilyn Van Derbur (born June 6, 1937) is the 1958 Miss America pageant holder.[1]

Van Derbur from Denver, Colorado,[1] graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado. As a result of a history of sexual abuse by her father,[2] she founded the American Coalition for Abuse Awareness and One Voice and authored "Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Nation's Fairest Compete For Role Of Miss America". Rock Hill Herald. August 30, 1958. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "A Miss America Says She Was Incest Victim". The New York Times. May 12, 1991. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Responding effectively to abuse". Herald Palladium. May 3, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marian McKnight
Miss America
Succeeded by
Mary Ann Mobley
Preceded by
Polly Childs
Miss Colorado
Succeeded by
Cynthia Cullen