Deborah Bryant

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Deborah Bryant
Born (1946-01-29) January 29, 1946 (age 71)
Alma mater Columbia College
University of Kansas
Occupation Philanthropy
Title Miss America 1966
Predecessor Vonda Kay Van Dyke
Successor Jane Jayroe

Deborah Irene Bryant ( born January 29, 1946 ) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Overland Park, Kansas who was Miss Kansas 1965 and Miss America 1966.[1] Bryant was 19 years old when she won the preliminary swimsuit competition and, the next day, was announced as the winner of the crown.[2]

After graduating in the top ten of her high school graduating class, Bryant went on to attend Columbia College on a full academic scholarship, during which time she represented Kansas in Atlantic City on September 11, 1965 in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Following her year of service as Miss America, Bryant continued her education as an English major at the University of Kansas,[3] graduating Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. During her year of service, she spoke in support of "Project Concern" which provided medical support to undeveloped countries.

Bryant remains active in community service for numerous charitable projects. She was a member of the Mesa Desert Club, which provides scholarships to qualified needy high school graduates, and was also a past member of the Phoenix Junior League. Bryant currently resides in Arizona with husband, Brent. Together they have five children and four grandchildren.


  1. ^ "From freckles to Miss America". Miami News. Associated Press. September 13, 1965. p. 12B. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (1965-09-11). "Wins Preliminary Contest". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "What Does Miss America Do When She Removes Crown?". Herald-Tribune. 1968-05-13. p. 4. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vonda Kay Van Dyke
Miss America
Succeeded by
Jane Jayroe
Preceded by
Sharon Savage
Miss Kansas
Succeeded by
Mimi Frink