Shirley Cothran

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Shirley Cothran
Shirley Cothran, 1975 Miss America.jpg
Born (1952-09-18) September 18, 1952 (age 66)
Alma materNorth Texas State University
Texas Woman’s University
OccupationAuthor and professional speaker
TitleMiss Texas 1974
Miss America 1975
PredecessorRebecca Ann King
Successor Tawny Godin
Richard Barret (m. 1976)
WebsiteOfficial website

Shirley Cothran Barret (born September 18, 1952 in Denton County, Texas) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

She graduated from Denton High School in 1970 and was the second Miss America from that high school as Phyllis George was crowned Miss America before her in 1971. She later attended North Texas State University and earned her bachelor of science in elementary education and her master's degree in guidance counseling.[1]

Cothran later used the scholarship money she earned from her Miss America win towards her Ph.D. in early childhood education and family counseling.

Life and career[edit]

She was crowned Miss Texas 1974 and won the Miss America 1975 title.[2]

She currently tours as a motivational speaker and still resides in Texas.

Personal life[edit]

She married Richard Barret in 1976 and has four children, David, Julia, John, and Mark.[3]


  1. ^ Klemesrud, Judy (September 9, 1974). "For Miss America '75 the Questions Get Tougher". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Our Miss Americas: 1975 Shirley Cothran". Miss America.
  3. ^

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rebecca Ann King
Miss America
Succeeded by
Tawny Godin
Preceded by
Judy Mallett
Miss Texas
Succeeded by
Phyllis Barger