Miss America 1940

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Miss America 1940
Date September 7, 1940
Presenters Bob Russell
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 44
Placements 15
Winner Frances Marie Burke
Philadelphia Philadelphia

Miss America 1940, the 14th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the first time since 1933. The finals were held on September 7, 1940.[1] Aside from the winner, Frances Burke, Miss Philadelphia, two other contestants from Pennsylvania placed among the Top 15, one representing Eastern Pennsylvania and the other from Western Pennsylvania.

The runner-up, Rosemary LaPlanche, would become Miss America 1941, before the pageant instituted rules preventing contestants from competing more than once.


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1940
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 15
Miss Congeniality
  • Not Awarded


  1. ^ Associated Press (1940-09-09). "Miss America 1940 Says Two Sisters Are Prettier". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. p. 7. 

Secondary sources[edit]

  • Saulino Osborne, Angela (1995). "Miss Americas and their Courts". Miss America The Dream Lives On. Taylor Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87833-110-7. 

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