Jacque Mercer

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Jacque Mercer
Born Jacquelyn Joy Mercer
(1931-01-07)January 7, 1931
Thatcher, Arizona
Died February 2, 1982(1982-02-02) (aged 51)
Los Angeles, California
Term Miss America 1949
Predecessor BeBe Shopp
Successor Yolande Betbeze

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 during her reign as Miss America; after this, a rule was enacted which requires Miss America contestants to sign a pledge vowing they have never been married or pregnant.[1]


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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