Maria Fletcher

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Maria Fletcher
BornMaria Beale Fletcher
(1942-06-23) June 23, 1942 (age 76)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Alma materVanderbilt University
TitleMiss Asheville 1961
Miss North Carolina 1961
Miss America 1962
PredecessorNancy Fleming
SuccessorJacquelyn Mayer

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

Early life and education[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] After winning Miss America, Fletcher used her earned scholarship towards a degree in French from Vanderbilt University.[3]


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.”[4] She remains to date the only Miss North Carolina to be crowned Miss America.


During the late 1960s, Fletcher served as co-host of The Noon Show on Nashville, Tennessee, television station WSM.

Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Miss America History 1962". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  3. ^ 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.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nancy Fleming
Miss America
Succeeded by
Jacquelyn Mayer
Preceded by
Ann Herring
Miss North Carolina
Succeeded by
Susan Woodall