Heather French Henry
|Heather French Henry|
|Born||December 29, 1974|
|Alma mater||University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning|
Miss Louisville 1999|
Miss Kentucky 1999
Miss America 2000
|Term||September 18, 1999 - October 14, 2000|
|Successor||Angela Perez Baraquio|
Steve Henry (m. 2000)
Raised in Augusta, Kentucky, French Henry graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She competed in pageants through her teens, including the Miss Ohio pageant. She competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt in 1999. She won the 2000 Miss America pageant in September 1999, the first Kentuckian to do so. Her platform for her reign was raising awareness of homeless veterans; her father was a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. She has received numerous awards for her work with veterans.
On October 27, 2000, she married Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry, 21 years her senior, in Louisville, Kentucky. The couple have two daughters, Harper Renee (born 2001) and Taylor Augusta (born 2003).
In October 2003, French Henry struck and subsequently killed Karola Stede, 44, a native of Germany and mother of four who was crossing against the traffic light in a Louisville intersection. French said that the accident deeply affected her, and she subsequently recounted her story in venues such as The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- "Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
- "Miss America : 2000". Archived from the original on 2008-09-20.
- Ex-Miss America becomes Mrs. Steve Henry today
- "Louisville Wedding-Weddings in Louisville-Louisville-Kentucky". Louisville Wedding-Weddings in Louisville-Louisville-Kentucky. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04.
- "Heather French Henry relives pain on 'Oprah'".
- "Veterans Affairs : KDVA Commissioner".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Heather French.|
- Heather French Foundation for Veterans Website
- Heather French Henry's Official Website
- Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry official state website
|Awards and achievements|
| Miss America
Angela Perez Baraquio
| Miss Kentucky
Shanna Kari Moore