Miss Alabama

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Alabama USA.
Miss Alabama
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Birmingham
Miss America
Official language
Website www.missalabama.com
Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005 / Miss Alabama 2004
Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951 / Miss Alabama 1950

The Miss Alabama competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Alabama in the Miss America pageant.

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.

Results summary[edit]

The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.



Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Local pageants[edit]

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:


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[1] 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[2] Decatur 22 Miss Hoover Vocal "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata Top 12 Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award
2011 Courtney Porter[3] 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[4]
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[5]
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[6] Birmingham 23 Miss Samford University Vocal "Time to Say Goodbye" 4th runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Miss Congeniality
2005 Alexa Jones[7] Andalusia 24 Miss Mobile Ballet en Pointe "Fuego" 2nd runner-up Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
2004 Shannon Camper*[8] Gadsden Miss West Central Alabama Vocal 1st runner-up at Miss Alabama 2004; Assumed title when Deidre Downs won Miss America title
Deidre Downs[9] Birmingham 24 Miss Leeds Area Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love" Winner[10] Quality of Life Award
2003 Catherine Crosby[11] Brewton 23 Miss Homewood Area Flute "Riverdance" Top 15 Quality of Life Award; Active International For Business & Marketing
2002 Scarlotte Deupree[12] 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[13] Birmingham 24 Miss Homewood Area Classical Piano "Ballade No. 1 in G Minor"
2000 Jana Sanderson[14] Gadsden 21 Miss Samford University Vocal "I'm a Woman" Top 10
1999 Julie Smith[15] 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.[16]
1998 Ashley Halfman[17] Birmingham 23 Miss Cullman Area Ballet en Pointe "Everybody Says Don't" Alabama's Junior Miss 1993[18]
1997 Beth Stomps[19] 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[20]
1994 Amie Beth Dickinson* Miss Samford University
Heather Whitestone Birmingham 21 Miss Cullman Area Ballet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa" Winner[21] Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Preliminary Talent Award First deaf Miss Alabama and Miss America[22]
1993 Kalyn Chapman[23] Mobile 22 Miss Leeds Area Modern Dance "The River" Top 10 First African-American Miss Alabama[24]
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[25]
1990 Resha Riggins Trussville 24 Miss Alabama Music Hall of Fame Vocal "Cry" Non-finalist Interview Award
1989 Julie Coons Birmingham 20 Vocal
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.[26]
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[27]
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[28][29][30][31][32] 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[33] 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.

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Alabama won Miss America


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