Miss Alabamas have performed strongly at the Miss America pageant, particularly in the early 21st century, when the state produced their third Miss America, a first runner-up, a second runner-up, a fourth runner-up, two semi-finalists, and one quarter-finalist.
They did very well in the 1980s, as well, placing 1st runner-up to Miss America 1981, 3rd runner-up 1983, 2nd runner-up 1984, 4th runner-up 1986, top 10 1987, and 4th runner-up 1989. Miss Alabama was also 1st runner-up to Miss America 1979.
Alabama has won three Miss America titles: Deidre Downs for 2005, Heather Whitestone (the first deaf woman to win the Miss America crown) for 1994, and Yolande Betbeze in 1951. Betbeze is well known as the Miss America who refused to pose in a swimsuit, causing swimsuit sponsor Catalina Swimwear to pull out and start the Miss USA pageant.
The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Miss Americas: Yolande Betbeze (1951), Heather Whitestone (1995), Deidre Downs (2005)
- 1st runners-up: Teresa Cheatham (1979), Paige Phillips (1981), Scarlotte Deupree (2003)
- 2nd runners-up: Frances Dorn (1945), Martha Ann Ingram (1948), Anne Stuart Ariail (1957), Pam Battles (1984), Alexa Jones (2006)
- 3rd runners-up: Peggy Elder (1947), Gwen Harmon (1953), Virginia McDavid (1954), Yolanda Fernandez (1983), Alison McCreary (1997)
- 4th runners-up: Betty Jane Rase (1944), Angela Tower (1986), Jenny Jackson (1989), Melinda Toole (2007), Meg McGuffin (2016)
- Semi-finalists: Tommy Marie Peck (1936), Mildred Oxford (1938), Florine Holt (1939), Virginia McGraw (1941), Marie Duncan (1942), Marilyn Tate (1955), Patricia Huddleston (1956), Lee Thornberry (1959), Teresa Rinaldi (1961), Delores Hodgens (1962), Judy Short (1964), Vickie Powers (1965), Linda Folsom (1966), Angie Grooms (1967), Dellynne Catching (1969), Angela Callahan (1987), Kalyn Chapman (1994), Leigh Sherer (1996), Julie Smith (2000), Jana Sanderson (2001), Catherine Crosby (2004), Amanda Tapley (2009), Courtney Porter (2012), Anna Laura Bryan (2013), Caitlin Brunell (2015)
- Preliminary Swimsuit: Virginia McGraw (1941), Marie Duncan (1942), Peggy Elder (1947), Yolande Betbeze (1951), Gwen Harmon (1953), Judy Short (1964), Dellynne Catching (1969), Teresa Cheatham (1979), Angela Tower (1986), Heather Whitestone (1995), Ashley Davis (2011)
- Preliminary Talent: Frances Dorn (1945), Emma Dale Nunnally (1946), Jeanne Moody (1952), Patricia Huddleston (1956), Anne Stuart Ariail (1957), Lee Thornberry (1959), Teresa Rinaldi (1961), Judy Short (1964), Vickie Powers (1965), Linda Folsom (1966), Suzanne Dennie (1971), Teresa Cheatham (1979), Paige Phillips (1981), Heather Whitestone (1995)
- Non-finalist Talent: Anna Stange (1958), Betty Lindstrom (1960), Patricia Bonner (1963), Kathy Pickett (1979), Tammy Little (1985)
- Non-finalist Interview: Resha Riggins (1991)
Quality of Life award
- Winners: Kim Wimmer (1993), Alison McCreary (1997), Catherine Crosby (2004), Deidre Downs (2005), Anna Laura Bryan (2013), Caitlin Brunell (2015)
- 1st runners-up: Scarlotte Deupree (2003), Melinda Toole (2007)
- 2nd runners-up: Alexa Jones (2006), Amanda Tapley (2009), Meg McGuffin (2016)
- Finalists: Liz Cochran (2010)
- Miss Congeniality: Toula Hagestratou (1943), Melinda Toole (2007)
As with many other Miss America state pageants, delegates first must qualify by winning a local pageant. Local titles that have produced more than one Miss Alabama are:
- Miss Leeds Area - Paige Phillips (1980), Kalyn Chapman (1993), Deidre Downs (2004), Courtney Porter (2011), Chandler Champion (2013), Caitlin Brunell (2014)
- Miss Samford University - Amie Beth Dickinson (1994), Alison McCreary (1996), Jana Sanderson (2000), Melinda Toole (2006), Amanda Tapley (2008)
- Miss Cullman Area - Heather Whitestone (1994), Ashley Halfman (1998)
- Miss Homewood Area - Kelly Jones (2001), Catherine Crosby (2003)
- Miss Hoover - Liz Cochran (2009), Anna Laura Bryan (2012)
- Miss Point Mallard - Teresa Cheatham (1978), Kim Wimmer (1992)
- Miss West Central Alabama - Shannon Camper (2004), Ashley Davis (2010)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2016||Hayley Barber||Pelham||22||Miss Shelby County||Dance||Quality of Life Award Winner
STEM Scholarship Winner
|Contestant at National Sweetheart 2013|
|2015||Meg McGuffin||Ozark||22||Miss Phenix City||Jazz Ballet en Pointe "Enigma Variation" from The Matrix||4th Runner up||Quality of Life 2nd Runner up||Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2007|
|2014||Caitlin Brunell||Tuscaloosa||22||Miss Leeds Area||Dance "Let It Go" from Frozen||Top 10||Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award||Daughter of former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell, Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2007 and Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008|
|2013||Chandler Champion||Leeds||20||Miss Leeds Area||Jazz Ballet en Pointe "Top Secret"|
|2012||Anna Laura Bryan||Decatur||22||Miss Hoover||Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata||Top 12||Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award|
|2011||Courtney Porter||Clay||24||Miss Leeds Area||Tap Dance "I Got Rhythm"||Top 13||Chosen by fellow contestants to remain in the competition as a "wild card" after not placing in the top 12|
|2010||Ashley Davis||Dothan||21||Miss West Central Alabama||Vocal "If I Had My Way"||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award|
|2009||Liz Cochran||Helena||20||Miss Hoover||Dance "He Lives in You"||Quality of Life Finalist|
|2008||Amanda Tapley||Birmingham||20||Miss Samford University||Classical Piano||Top 15||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up||Was awarded a "wild card" golden sash and voted into the top 15 by the American viewing public|
|2007||Jamie Langley||Wadley||24||Miss Painted Rock||Vocal "Listen"|
|2006||Melinda Toole||Birmingham||23||Miss Samford University||Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye"||4th runner-up||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Miss Congeniality|
|2005||Alexa Jones||Andalusia||24||Miss Mobile||Ballet en Pointe "Fuego"||2nd runner-up||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up|
|2004||Shannon Camper*||Gadsden||Miss West Central Alabama||Vocal||1st runner-up at Miss Alabama 2004; Assumed title when Deidre Downs won Miss America title|
|Deidre Downs||Birmingham||24||Miss Leeds Area||Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"||Winner||Quality of Life Award|
|2003||Catherine Crosby||Brewton||23||Miss Homewood Area||Flute "Riverdance"||Top 15||Quality of Life Award; Active International For Business & Marketing|
|2002||Scarlotte Deupree||Birmingham||22||Miss Camellia||Vocal "Holding Out for a Hero"||1st runner-up||Quality of Life 1st runner-up||The most recognized contestant for community service in the history of Miss Alabama. State winner twice, recognized all 5 years of competition at the state and local level for her work with literacy, non-contestant first alternate for community service at Miss America 2002, 1st alternate Miss America Quality of Life for her work with literacy.|
|2001||Kelly Jones||Birmingham||24||Miss Homewood Area||Classical Piano "Ballade No. 1 in G Minor"|
|2000||Jana Sanderson||Gadsden||21||Miss Samford University||Vocal "I'm a Woman"||Top 10|
|1999||Julie Smith||Birmingham||23||Miss Chattahoochee Valley||Marimba medley "Flight of the Bumblebee" & Csárdás"||Top 10||She and her younger twin sisters Jill and Jennifer competed at Miss Alabama 1997, the first time three sisters had competed in the same year.|
|1998||Ashley Halfman||Birmingham||23||Miss Cullman Area||Ballet en Pointe "Everybody Says Don't"||Alabama's Junior Miss 1993|
|1997||Beth Stomps||Mobile||20||Miss Alabama Music Hall of Fame||Vocal "Love Changes Everything" from Aspects of Love|
|1996||Alison McCreary||Florence||22||Miss Samford University||Vocal "How Great Thou Art"||3rd runner-up||Quality of Life Award|
|1995||Leigh Sherer||Jasper||22||Miss Walker County||Piano / Vocal "Medley from Carmen"||Top 10||Current Mu Alpha Sigma Alumni (Former State and Local Contestants) coordinator of the Miss Alabama pageant under her married name, Leigh Seirafi|
|1994||Amie Beth Dickinson*||Miss Samford University|
|Heather Whitestone||Birmingham||21||Miss Cullman Area||Ballet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa"||Winner||Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award||First deaf Miss Alabama and Miss America|
|1993||Kalyn Chapman||Mobile||22||Miss Leeds Area||Modern Dance "The River"||Top 10||First African-American Miss Alabama|
|1992||Kim Wimmer||Mobile||21||Miss Point Mallard||Vocal "Hold On" from The Secret Garden||Quality of Life Award||Alabama's Junior Miss 1989|
|1991||Wendy Neuendorf||Birmingham||22||Miss Auburn University||Vocal Comedy "They Can't Take That Away From Me"||Miss Georgia Teen USA 1986|
|1990||Resha Riggins||Trussville||24||Miss Alabama Music Hall of Fame||Vocal "Cry"||Non-finalist Interview Award|
|1988||Jenny Jackson||Auburn||21||Miss Auburn University||Classical Piano "Warsaw Concerto"||4th runner-up|
|1987||Kym Williams||Birmingham||22||Miss All-American Bowl||Vocal "If We Only Have Love"|
|Julie Hitt||Resigned because she felt she would not be able to fulfill the responsibilities of the title and wanted to get on with her life and career.|
|1986||Angela Callahan||Birmingham||20||Miss All-American Bowl||Piano "The Windmills of Your Mind"||Top 10|
|1985||Angela Tower||Birmingham||25||Miss Jefferson County||Ballet en Pointe "Chariots of Fire"||4th runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe. Mother of Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2010 Scarlett Walker and Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2012 Callie Walker.|
|1984||Tammy Little||Section||23||Miss Hoover Area||Vocal "Hit Me With a Hot Note" from Sophisticated Ladies||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1983||Pam Battles||Muscle Shoals||21||Miss Dixie||Piano Solo "Gershwin Medley"||2nd runner-up|
|1982||Yolanda Fernandez||Troy||19||Miss Troy State University||Classical Piano "Fantasie Impromptu"||3rd runner-up||Florida's Junior Miss 1980, Reporter for WFLA-TV Channel 8|
|1981||Phoebe Stone||Huntsville||22||Miss Eastwood||Ballet "Mame"||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1980||Paige Phillips||Leeds||17||Miss Leeds Area||Double Ventriloquism / Vocal "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", "Swanee", & "Mame"||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1979||Kathy Pickett||Mulga||26||Miss Birmingham||Classical Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata||Non-finalist Talent Award||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe 1980, Guest Performer Miss America 1981|
|1978||Teresa Cheatham||Wellington||20||Miss Point Mallard||Semi-classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"||1st runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe 1979, Guest Performer Miss America 1979|
|1977||Julie Houston||Heflin||22||Miss Oak Mountain||Banjo "Beverly Hillbillies Theme"|
|1976||Denise Davis||Russellville||18||Miss Mannequins||Popular Vocal||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1975||Susie Vaughn||Florence||21||Miss University of North Alabama||Classical Vocal "Vilja" from The Merry Widow|
|1974||Pam Long||Florence||20||Miss Florence State University||Ventriloquism||Screenwriter of soap opera Guiding Light|
|1973||Jane Rice||Huntsville||21||Miss Jacksonville State University||Vocal "Tapestry" & "I Will Never Pass This Way Again"|
|1972||Freita Fuller||Opelika||19||Hula & Tahitian Dance|
|1971||Ceil Jenkins||Birmingham||21||Miss Northeast Alabama||Vocal / Dance "But Alive" from Applause|
|1970||Suzanne Dennie||Birmingham||20||Popular Vocal "Alfie"||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1969||Ann Fowler||Birmingham||21||Vocal "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof||Alabama's Junior Miss 1966, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1968||Dellynne Catching||Birmingham||19||Piano Medley "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum", "America the Beautiful", & "This Is My Country"||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1967||Becky Alford||Birmingham||20||Vocal "Ain't This a Pretty Night" from Susannah|
|1966||Angie Grooms||Birmingham||21||Folk Singing & Guitar "Today" & "If I Had a Hammer"||Top 10||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1965||Linda Folsom||New Brockton||20||Classical Vocal "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1964||Vickie Powers||Mobile||19||Classical Vocal "Habanera"||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award||Featured Performer on the Miss America 1965 telecast|
|1963||Judy Short||Birmingham||18||Marimba "Horst Toccata"||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award||Alabama's Junior Miss 1962|
|1962||Patricia Bonner||Camden||22||Classical Vocal "O Luce di Quest'Anima" from Linda di Chamounix||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1961||Delores Hodgens||Bessemer||23||Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12"||Top 10|
|1960||Teresa Rinaldi||Birmingham||20||Classical Vocal "Addio" from La bohème||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1959||Betty Lindstrom||Birmingham||19||Dramatic Reading "Miss Quiss"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1958||Lee Thornberry||Birmingham||Vocal / Dance "Honey Bun" from South Pacific||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1957||Anna Stange||Birmingham||Monologue from "Mourning Becomes Electra"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1956||Anne Stuart Ariail||Birmingham||Vocal / Dance "Ado Annie" from Oklahoma||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1955||Patricia Huddleston||Clanton||21||Classical Vocal "Pace, Pace Mio Dio!" from La Forza del Destino||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1954||Marilyn Tate||Haleyville||21||Ventriloquism / Classical Piano||Top 10|
|1953||Virginia McDavid||Birmingham||18||Monologue "Tara" from Gone With the Wind||3rd runner-up|
|1952||Gwen Harmon||Birmingham||19||Vocal "A Heart That's Free"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1951||Jeanne Moody||Cherokee||21||Dramatic Skit "Sorry Wrong Number"||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1950||Yolande Margaret Betbeze||Mobile||21||Classical Vocal "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto||Winner||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Betbeze's refusal to pose in a swimsuit lead to the pull-out of swimsuit sponsors Catalina and the creation of the Miss USA pageant. She died on February 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.|
|1949||Freida Roser||Birmingham||Classical Vocal|
|1948||Martha Ann Ingram||Tarrant City||Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'"||2nd runner-up|
|Marjorie Orr||Birmingham||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1947||Peggy Elder||Gadsden||Vocal "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Miss Dixie 1947|
|1946||Emma Dale Nunnally||Gadsden||Preliminary Talent Award|
|Sue Delores Donegan||Birmingham||Competed as Miss Birmingham, Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1948|
|1945||Frances Dorn||Birmingham||Tap Dance||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1944||Betty Jane Rase||Birmingham||Vocal Medley "My Hero" from The Chocolate Soldier & "Lover, Come Back to Me"||4th runner-up||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1943||Toula Hagestratou||Birmingham||Miss Congeniality||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1942||Marie Duncan||Birmingham||Vocal "I Met Him On Monday"||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1941||Virginia McGraw||Birmingham||Tap Dance w/ Rope Jumping||Top 15||Preliminary Swimsuit Award||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1940||Evelyn Motlow||Birmingham||Vocal||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|Carolyn Louise Foreman||Montgomery||Competed as Miss Montgomery|
|1939||Florine Holt||Birmingham||Vocal "Moonglow" & "A Little Bit of Heaven"||Top 15||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|Lillian Louise Robertson||Montgomery||Competed as Miss Montgomery|
|1938||Mildred Oxford||Birmingham||Tap Dance / Toe Ballet||Top 15||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|Patricia Ann McDaniels||Montgomery||Competed as Miss Montgomery|
|1937||Almeda Ingram Starkey||Montgomery||Competed as Miss Montgomery|
|1936||Tommy Marie Peck||Top 15|
|Gloria Levings||Birmingham||Tap Dance||4th runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1935||Adelynn Owen||Birmingham||Competed as Miss Birmingham|
|1926||No Miss Alabama||Vivian McDowell competed as Miss Mobile.|
|1925||No Miss Alabama||Nellie Kincaid competed as Miss Birmingham.|
|1924||No Miss Alabama||Mildred Adams competed as Miss Birmingham.|
|1923||No Miss Alabama||Louise Newman competed as Miss Birmingham.|
|1922||No Miss Alabama||Elise Sparrow competed as Miss Birmingham.|
|1921||No Miss Alabama||Lois Wilson was selected as Miss Birmingham but did not compete at Miss America.|
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