BeBe Shopp

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BeBe Shopp
Born (1930-08-17) August 17, 1930 (age 87)
Alma mater Manhattan School of Music.
Title Miss America 1948
Predecessor Barbara Jo Walker
Successor Jacque Mercer
Spouse(s) Bayard D. Waring

BeBe Shopp (born August 17, 1930), from Hopkins, Minnesota, was Miss America in 1948.[1]


She lives in Rockport, MA and is known by her married name Beatrice "Bebe" Waring. She was a lay minister in the Episcopal Church and a TV spokeswoman for an electric scooter company. She used her pageant scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music. She specialized in the vibraharp, and graduated with a degree in percussion in 1952. She sang with Share the Music and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus. She was active in community affairs, and headed the board of directors for Gloucester Stage Company.[2] With her husband Bayard D. Waring, she had four daughters.

Famous Quote[edit]

Los Angeles Times 1949: "The bathing beauty queen...blond Bebe Shopp, 18, of Hopkins, an enthusiastic welcome in Paris, but she said she hasn't changed her mind about French swim suits. ... 'I don't approve of Bikini suits for American girls,' Bebe told her French interviewers. 'The French girls can wear them if they want to, but I still don't approve of them on American girls.'"[3]


  1. ^ AP (1949-09-01). "Bebe Back from Europe, Saw Beauties-All Over". The Miami News. 
  2. ^ Hendrickson, Dyke. "Bruins Prove to Quick for Thatcher Island Fans." June 18, 2011. Gloucester Times. Retrieved July 5, 2011:
  3. ^ Retrieved July 5, 2011:

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Barbara Jo Walker
Miss America
Succeeded by
Jacque Mercer
Preceded by
Elaine Campbell
Miss Minnesota
Succeeded by
Jean Sheils