December 19, 1936|
Manning, South Carolina
|Title||Miss America 1957|
|Successor||Marilyn Van Derbur|
Gary Conway (m. 1958)
She earned the 1957 Miss America title with a Marilyn Monroe act in the talent portion, and later worked with Monroe's ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio, for a Virginia supplier of military bases. Despite the contention of Monroe biographer Donald Spoto, McKnight denied that she and DiMaggio were romantically involved.
In 1967, McKnight played Jack's mother in Hanna-Barbera's live action version of Jack and the Beanstalk, in which Gene Kelly appeared as Jeremy the Peddler and also directed the Emmy Award-winning film. She appeared in an episode of The Love Boat in 1984, along with Jean Bartel, Miss America, 1943; Nancy Fleming, Miss America, 1961; and Vanessa Williams, Miss America, 1984.
|Awards and achievements|
| Miss America
Marilyn Van Derbur
| Miss South Carolina
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