Marian McKnight

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Marian McKnight
Born December 19, 1936
Manning, South Carolina
Title Miss America 1957
Predecessor Sharon Ritchie
Successor Marilyn Van Derbur
Gary Conway (m. 1958)

Marian McKnight (born December 19, 1936, Manning, South Carolina) is a former American beauty pageant winner.

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.[1]

She married actor Gary Conway in 1958 after meeting at UCLA. They have two children and are the owners of Carmody McKnight winery.[2]

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.[3] 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.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sharon Ritchie
Miss America
Succeeded by
Marilyn Van Derbur
Preceded by
Martha Chestnut
Miss South Carolina
Succeeded by
Cecilia Colvert