Patricia Donnelly

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Patricia Mary Donnelly
Born (1919-10-30)October 30, 1919
Detroit, Michigan
Died October 25, 2009(2009-10-25) (aged 89)
Cause of death Throat cancer
Other names "The Long-Stemmed American Beauty"
Education Northwestern High School, Detroit MI
Occupation Singer, Hollywood showgirl, plumber, model, newspaper editor
Employer Stork Club, John Robert Powers modeling agency, Hearst Newspapers
Home town Durand, MI
Height 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight 126 ibs.
Title Miss America in 1939.
Predecessor Marilyn Meseke
Successor Frances Marie Burke
Spouse(s) Robin Harris
Children 2
Parent(s) Nell Eddy Donnelly and Lloyd Donnelly

Patricia Donnelly Harris (October 30, 1919 – October 25, 2009) was Miss America in 1939.


Donnelly, from Detroit, Michigan, was the last to be crowned at the Steel Pier.[1] After winning the Miss America title, Pat crisscrossed the country alone on a personal appearance tour and was lovingly nicknamed "The Long-Stemmed American Beauty". After holding the title she went on to sing in New York at the famous Stork Club, on Broadway and in several "showgirl" roles in Hollywood films. She was signed by the John Robert Powers modeling agency. En route to Chicago on the famous "Super Chief" of railways, she was introduced to Jack Warner of Warner Brothers Studio. He recognized her strong resemblance to Hollywood beauty, Ann Sheridan. Soon a Hollywood contract was offered, but Pat turned it down. "I realized by that time I didn't want my face known," she said. "In other words, I wanted the freedom of movement, to go where I pleased without people knowing who I was." Donnelly married Robin Harris in 1948 and had two children named Amanda and Stephen. For years she and Robin worked together as traveling editors of the Hearst Newspapers. She died on October 25, 2009 at the age of 89.[2]


  1. ^ "Miss America History 1939". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  2. ^ "In Loving Memory of Miss America 1939 Patricia Donnelly Harris". October 28, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marilyn Meseke
Miss America
Succeeded by
Frances Marie Burke