Tawny Little

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Tawny Little
Born Tawny Elaine Godin
(1956-09-15) September 15, 1956 (age 59)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Occupation Anchorwoman; talk show host
Title Miss America 1976
Miss New York 1975
Predecessor Shirley Cothran
Successor Dorothy Benham

Tawny Little (née Godin; born September 15, 1956 in Portland, Maine), Miss America 1976 and Miss New York 1975[1] is an American television personality.


Godin was raised in New York and Toronto.[2] She became involved with the Miss New York pageant to raise tuition for Skidmore College but dropped out after she became Miss America.[2] She later studied at the University of Southern California.[3] She was a reporter at KABC-TV[3] and co-hosted a number of shows such as "AM Los Angeles", "Eye on LA", "Hollywood Close-up" and "The Love Report."[3]She is currently an anchor with UPN/13 Nightly News in Los Angeles.[3] Little also appeared in a few films and television shows including Rocky II,T.J. Hooker, and Benson.[4]

She changed her name to Little after marrying her first husband Miles Little, a neurosurgeon in Los Angeles (1977-1981).[2][4] After her divorce from Little, she married The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider (1983-1986).[2][4] This marriage also ended in divorce. Little then married Don Corsini with whom she had two children.[4] She and Corsini also divorced. Little next married Los Angeles-based lawyer Rick Welch, with whom she had one son, until Welch's passing in October, 2014.[5]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shirley Cothran
Miss America
Succeeded by
Dorothy Benham
Preceded by
Kris Krull
Miss New York
Succeeded by
Mary Hinterberger