The Great American Beauty Contest

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The Great American Beauty Contest
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Genre Drama
Written by Stanford Whitmore
Directed by Robert Day
Starring JoAnna Cameron
Eleanor Parker
Robert Cummings
Louis Jourdan
Farrah Fawcett
Music by Kenneth Wannberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Leonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
Producer(s) Everett Chambers
Robert Monroe (associate producer)
Cinematography James A. Crabe
Editor(s) James D. Mitchell
Bruce Schoengarth
Frank Capacchione
Running time 74 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Circle Films
Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)

The Great American Beauty Contest is a 1973 American satirical comedy-drama[1] TV film, starring JoAnna Cameron and featuring Eleanor Parker, Robert Cummings, Louis Jourdan and Farrah Fawcett in an early film appearance.[1][2] It was directed by Robert Day and was originally shown on the ABC TV network in the United States on February 13, 1973.

Allmovie characterizes the film as "An unsubtle but effective TV-movie satire of the 'Miss America' syndrome", and calls the belly dance performed by Farrah Fawcett "endearingly ridiculous."[1]


A feminist enters a beauty contest, hoping to win and deliver a speech on exploitation and sexism at the end.


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