Marilyn Van Derbur

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Marilyn Van Derbur
Born (1937-06-06) June 6, 1937 (age 78)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma mater University of Colorado
Title Miss America 1958
Predecessor Marian McKnight
Successor Mary Ann Mobley
Spouse(s) Larry Atler
Children Jennifer Atler

Marilyn Elaine Van Derbur[1] (born June 6, 1937) is the 1958 Miss America pageant holder.[2][3]

Van Derbur, from Denver, Colorado,[2] graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado. She claimed to have been sexually molested by her father between the ages of 5 and 18. Her mother reportedly refused to believe her.[1] She founded the Survivor United Network (SUN), and authored Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (December 10, 2014). "Mary Ann Mobley, a Midcentury Miss America and an Actress, Dies at 75 [sic]". The New York Times.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nytimes" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b "Nation's Fairest Compete For Role Of Miss America". Rock Hill Herald. August 30, 1958. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Responding effectively to abuse". Herald Palladium. May 3, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed December 15, 2014.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marian McKnight
Miss America
Succeeded by
Mary Ann Mobley
Preceded by
Polly Childs
Miss Colorado
Succeeded by
Cynthia Cullen