Terry Meeuwsen

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Terry Meeuwsen
Born (1949-03-02) March 2, 1949 (age 65)
De Pere, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater St. Norbert College
Occupation television personality, co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)'s 700 Club, author and singer
Title Miss Appleton 1972
Miss Wisconsin 1972
Miss America 1973
Predecessor Laurel Schaefer
Successor Rebecca Ann King
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Andy Friedrich

Terry Anne Meeuwsen Friedrich (born March 2, 1949 in De Pere, Wisconsin) is an American television personality, co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)'s 700 Club, author and singer.

Meeuwsen was the 1972 Miss Green Bay, 1972 Miss Wisconsin [1] and the winner of the Miss America pageant in 1973, taking both the talent and swimsuit competitions.[2] She was the first Miss Wisconsin delegate to hold the Miss America title.[3]

Life and career[edit]

In high school, Meeuwsen was selected homecoming queen,[4] and was also a cheerleader for three years. After graduation, between 1969–1971, Meeuwsen performed and traveled with the singing group The New Christy Minstrels, but left the show to enter the Miss America pageant preliminary competitions.[5][6]

Following her reign as Miss America, Meeuwsen began television work at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee in 1978, leaving the station in 1986 to raise her family.[7] Meeuwsen appeared numerous times in the 1980s as a guest co-host of The 700 Club, the flagship show of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

In 1993, she became a permanent co-host on the show,[8] sitting daily beside CBN founder Pat Robertson. Since 2000, she has co-hosted the CBN show, Living the Life with comedian Louise DuArt.[9] Both shows air on ABC Family. On September 12, 1995, Meeuwsen released the inspirational pop recording, Eyes of My Heart.[10] She has also authored four books, including Christmas Memories (1996), Near To The Heart Of God (1998), Just Between Friends (1999), and The God Adventure (2005).[7][11] Meeuwsen serves as director of Orphan's Promise, a part of CBN aimed at helping orphans and vulnerable children around the world through academic programs; life skills training; mentoring and career placement; food and clothing assistance; health care programs; housing; and orphan and adoption advocacy.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Meeuwsen and her husband, Andy Friedrich, have seven children.[12] The marriage is the second for each. The couple has strongly advocated adoption, and most of their children are adopted from difficult backgrounds. Their youngest three girls were adopted from the Ukraine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Victor Pays Tribute To Competitors
  2. ^ Miss Wisconsin wins two Miss America preliminaries
  3. ^ De Pere Girl Begins US Reign
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Sentinel". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 1972-09-25. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "Miss America Quit Road Shows To Enter Pageant". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 1972-09-11. p. 9A. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Miss America Calm in Face of Two New Careers". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 1974-12-06. p. 25. 
  7. ^ a b "Here's A Former Miss America Who Prays On TV With Viewers". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 1998-03-20. p. 2C. 
  8. ^ "New Life: Meeuwsen Changes Her Course". Milwaukee Journal. 1993-04-25. p. 1. 
  9. ^ "She’s Living The Life". The Virginian Pilot. 2002-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Putting Prayer At Center Stage". Chicago Sun-Times. 1998-06-21. p. 34. 
  11. ^ a b MSNBC January 5, 2010
  12. ^ "Meeuswen Clan: And Then There Were Seven". Virginia Pilot. 2003-03-02. p. 9A. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Laurel Schaefer
Miss America
1973
Succeeded by
Rebecca Ann King
Preceded by
Patti Jacobs
Miss Wisconsin
1972
Succeeded by
Linda Henderson