Maria Fletcher

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Maria Fletcher
Born June 23, 1942 (age 74)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Entertainment
Title Miss Asheville 1961
Miss North Carolina 1961, Miss America 1962
Predecessor Nancy Fleming
Successor Jacquelyn Mayer

Maria Beale Fletcher (born June 23, 1942) was Miss America 1962.


Fletcher was born to Charles "Beale" and Margaret Gatley Fletcher, who were the founders of the Asheville-area Fletcher School of Dance and the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet. She has one brother, Walter, and two sisters, Margaret and Bonnie.[1][Dead link] 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 crown.[2]

She was the Miss America Preliminary Competition swimsuit winner, and her overseas tour included visits to 31 Army hospitals and Servicemen's Clubs. During the late 1960s, Fletcher served as co-host of The Noon Show on Nashville, Tennessee, television station WSM. She remains to date the only Miss North Carolina to be crowned Miss America. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.


  1. ^ "Oral History Register for Beale Fletcher, 1914-1994 and Peggy Fletcher". University of North Carolina at Asheville. 
  2. ^ "Miss America History 1962". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nancy Fleming
Miss America
Succeeded by
Jacquelyn Mayer
Preceded by
Ann Herring
Miss North Carolina
Succeeded by
Susan Woodall