Dorothy Benham

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Dorothy Benham
Dorothy Benham Korea.jpg
Dorothy Benham during the Miss America 1977 USO show tour in Korea
Born (1955-12-11) December 11, 1955 (age 61)
Edina, Minnesota
Education Attended & Graduated Southwest High School, Class of 1973, Minneapolis, MN. (Homecoming Queen 1973)
Occupation Actor
Title Miss Minnesota 1976
Miss America 1977
Predecessor Tawny Godin
Successor Susan Perkins
Spouse(s) Russell Anderson
Michael McGowan
Paul Shoemaker
Children 6

Dorothy Kathleen Benham (born December 11, 1955) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Edina, Minnesota, who was Miss America 1977 and Miss Minnesota 1976.

Early life[edit]

Dorothy Benham was born to Archie and Mary Dorothy Tuomi Benham. She attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis, MN and graduated in 1973. She sang in her high school choir. She has one sister named Totiana and two brothers named Sean and Archibald.[1] Benham currently lives in Edina, Minnesota.

Personal life[edit]

On May 26, 1978, she married her first husband Russell Anderson, an American ice hockey defenseman in the NHL who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom she has four children, Adam, Russell, Ben and Mia.

On December 31, 1991, she married Michael McGowan with whom she has two children named Madeline and Richard.[1]

On August 28, 2001, she married Paul Shoemaker.[2] Benham is now divorced from Shoemaker.[3]


Benham has appeared in Broadway musicals, and regularly performs on the Crystal Cathedral television program, Hour of Power.


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002". Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota Marriage Collection, 1958-2001". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tawny Godin
Miss America
Succeeded by
Susan Perkins
Preceded by
Kerri Thorne
Miss Minnesota
Succeeded by
Mary Nelson