Jacque Mercer

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Jacque Mercer
Jacquelyn Joy Mercer

(1931-01-07)January 7, 1931
DiedFebruary 2, 1982(1982-02-02) (aged 51)
Cause of deathLeukemia
TitleMiss Arizona 1949
Miss America 1949
PredecessorBeBe Shopp
SuccessorYolande Betbeze
Douglas Cook
(m. 1949; div. 1950)

William Oldenburger
(m. 1952; div. 1952)

Dick Curran
(m. 1953; div. 1974)

Marvin Gillespie
(m. 1978; her death in 1982)

Jacquelyn Joy Mercer (born January 7, 1931, in Thatcher, Arizona – February 2, 1982, in Los Angeles, California) from Litchfield Park, Arizona, was Miss America in 1949. She is mentioned (usually by title, once by name) several times in the 1997 Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral.

She was married and divorced her high school sweetheart, Douglas Cook, during her reign as Miss America.[1] After this, a rule was enacted which requires Miss America contestants to sign a pledge vowing they have never been married or pregnant.[2]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
BeBe Shopp
Miss America
Succeeded by
Yolande Betbeze
Preceded by
Donna McElroy
Miss Arizona
Succeeded by
Wanda Law