Sylvia Hitchcock

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Sylvia Hitchcock
Beauty pageant titleholder
Sylvia Hitchcock, 1968 Indy 500 (cropped).jpg
Sylvia Hitchcock, 1968 Indy 500
Born Sylvia Louise Hitchcock
(1946-01-31)January 31, 1946
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other names Sylvia Carson
Died August 16, 2015(2015-08-16) (aged 69)
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Alabama USA 1967
Miss USA 1967
Miss Universe 1967
Major
competition(s)
Miss Alabama USA 1967
(Winner)
Miss USA 1967
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1967
(Winner)
Spouse William Carson (m. 1970)
Children 3

Sylvia Louise Hitchcock-Carson (January 31, 1946 – August 16, 2015) was an American model and beauty queen who held the Miss Alabama USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe titles in 1967.

Personal life[edit]

Hitchcock was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and grew up on a chicken farm in Miami, Florida.[1][2] She attended Palmetto High School, Miami-Dade Junior College and studied art at the University of Alabama.[3][4]A junior at the University when she won the Miss USA title, Hitchcock chose not to complete her degree.[5]Sylvia was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

Hitchcock married William Carson, the inventor of a fruit harvesting machine, in 1970. They had three children, Jonathan, Christianne and Will, and seven grandchildren.[4]

Career[edit]

Hitchcock, who had previously competed in local pageants in Florida, represented Alabama at the Miss USA 1967 pageant. She was chosen as one of the fifteen best in swimsuit and won the Miss USA title on May 22.[6] In July she became the first Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title since Linda Bement in 1960.[3]

Hitchcock also appeared in the 1968 Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1968.

After relinquishing her title she tried modeling in New York City but became disillusioned with the city and returned to Miami where she worked for a television station.[4] In 1972 she was one of a panel of twelve judges for the Miss Universe 1972 pageant won by Kerry Anne Wells.[7]

Death[edit]

She resided in Lake Wales, Florida until her death from cancer on August 16, 2015. She was 69 years old.[8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Miss USA sees no big disadvantages from beauty". Herald-Tribune. 1967-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Miss USA Not the Prettiest". The Evening Independent. 1967-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Miss Universe is first from USA since 1960". The Lewiston Daily Sun. 1967-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b c Gessner, Miriam (1977-03-06). "Former Miss USA Uses Intelligence, Common Sense to Make Good Impression". Lakeland Ledger. 
  5. ^ Turner, Steve (1983-10-07). "Miss Universe '67 in '83 Remains Picture of Poise". Lakeland Ledger. 
  6. ^ Tucker, William (1967-05-18). "Oregon, Virginia Lead Miss USA Beauty Pack". The Miami News. 
  7. ^ "Aussie Beauty is Winner". The Victoria Advocate. 1972-07-30. 
  8. ^ Grogan, Mike (2005-12-15). "Dream Village's Christmas Gala in Loughman Raises More Than $15,000 for Charity". The Reporter. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Muerte de Sylvia Hitchcock, laprensa.hn; accessed August 18, 2015.(in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Sylvia Hitchcock, former Miss Universe from USA, is no more", thegreatpageantcommunity.com, August 17, 2015; accessed August 18, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sweden Margareta Arvidsson
Miss Universe
1967
Succeeded by
Brazil Martha Vasconcellos
Preceded by
California Maria Remenyi
Miss USA
1967
Succeeded by
Florida Cheryl Patton
Preceded by
Claudia Robinson
Miss Alabama USA
1967
Succeeded by
Susan Scott