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|Born||Maria Beale Fletcher|
June 23, 1942
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
|Title||Miss Asheville 1961|
Miss North Carolina 1961
Miss America 1962
Maria Beale Fletcher (born June 23, 1942) was Miss America 1962.
Early life and education
Fletcher was born to dancing duo, Charles "Beale" and Margaret Gatley Fletcher, who were the founders of the Fletcher School of Dance and the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet. She has one brother, Walter, and two sisters, Margaret and Bonnie.
She is from Asheville, North Carolina, and was a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School. She worked as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette prior to winning the Miss America crown. After winning Miss America, Fletcher used her earned scholarship towards a degree in French from Vanderbilt University.
She was the Miss America preliminary competition swimsuit winner, and her overseas tour included visits to 31 Army hospitals and Servicemen's Clubs. For the talent competition, she tap danced to a recording of herself singing “Somebody Loves Me.” She remains to date the only Miss North Carolina to be crowned Miss America.
She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- "Oral History Register for Beale Fletcher, 1914-1994 and Peggy Fletcher". University of North Carolina at Asheville. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11.
- "Miss America History 1962". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
|Awards and achievements|
| Miss America
| Miss North Carolina
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