Phyllis George

Phyllis Ann George (born June 25, 1949), Miss America 1971 and Miss Texas 1970, is an American businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster. She was also the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.

Phyllis George
Phyllis George 2008
Phyllis George signing autographs at the Miss America 2008 pageant
First Lady of Kentucky
In role
December 11, 1979 – December 13, 1983
GovernorJohn Y. Brown Jr.
Preceded byCharlann Harting Carroll
Succeeded byBill Collins
Miss America 1971
Miss Texas 1970
Preceded byPamela Eldred
Succeeded byLaurie Lea Schaefer
Personal details
Phyllis Ann George

June 25, 1949 (age 69)
Denton, Texas
Robert Evans
(m. 1977; div. 1978)

John Y. Brown Jr.
(m. 1979; div. 1998)
Alma materUniversity of North Texas
Texas Christian University
OccupationSportscaster, actress

Early life

George was born to Diantha Cogdell and James George in Denton, Texas.[1] She attended North Texas State University (now University of North Texas [UNT]) for three years until she was crowned Miss Texas in 1970.[2] At that time, Texas Christian University awarded scholarships to Miss Texas honorees. As a result, George left UNT and enrolled at TCU for several weeks until winning the Miss America crown later that fall. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.


George first competed for Miss Texas as Miss Denton in 1969 finishing fourth. The next year she competed as Miss Dallas and was named Miss Texas 1970, then was crowned Miss America 1971 on September 12, 1970.[3] The Women's Liberation Front demonstrated at the event.[4]

In August 1971, George traveled to Vietnam with Miss Iowa Cheryl Browne, Miss Nevada 1970, Vicky Jo Todd, Miss New Jersey 1970, Hela Yungst, Miss Arizona 1970, Karen Shields, Miss Arkansas 1970, Donna Connelly, and George's replacement after she was crowned Miss America, Miss Texas 1970, Belinda Myrick.[5] They participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there.[5][6][7]

During her year-long stint as Miss America, George also appeared on numerous talk shows, including three interviews on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[2]


CBS Sports

CBS Sports producers approached George to become a sportscaster in 1974. The following year, she joined the cast of The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame shows before National Football League games.[8] She was one of the first women to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage.[9]

Another duty George had with CBS Sports was working on horse racing events, including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.[10] Additionally, George had a brief stint on a television news version of People in 1978[11] and a job as a morning television talk show host as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in 1985.[12] Since that time, she has sporadically returned to the media spotlight, hosting her own prime-time talk show, 1994's A Phyllis George Special, on which she interviewed then-President Bill Clinton, and a 1998 talk show called Women's Day on the cable network PAX. George also appeared as a guest on The Muppet Show in 1979.

CBS Morning News

In 1985, CBS settled on Phyllis George to serve as a permanent anchor for its morning news program. George was given a three-year contract following a two-week trial run.[13] As co-anchor, she interviewed newsmakers including then–First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Business interests

Phyllis George
George in 2000

George has founded two companies in her business career, the first of which was "By George" chicken fillets. In 1988 after operating for only two years, George sold the company to Hormel Foods, which agreed to operate it as a separate division.[14] In 1991, George received the "Celebrity Women Business Owner of the Year" from the National Association of Women Business Owners.[15]

In 2003, she created Phyllis George Beauty, which markets a line of cosmetics and skincare products through television shopping network HSN.[16][17]

She has also written or co-authored five books—three about crafts, one on dieting (her first book, The I Love America Diet, published in 1982), and her most recent, Never Say Never (2002).[18]

George was the founder of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft,[19] and is an avid folk and traditional arts collector. She is also a founding member of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

George resurfaced in 2000 when she played a minor character in the hit movie Meet the Parents.[20] It was one of her very few film roles.

Personal life

George was previously married to Hollywood producer, Robert Evans, and to former Governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr., serving as Kentucky's First Lady during Brown's term in office[21]. During her marriage to Brown, she had two children, Lincoln Tyler George Brown and Pamela Ashley Brown.[22][23]

On January 28, 2007, reporter Howard Fineman said on The Chris Matthews Show that George had moved back to Kentucky and was considering entering politics with either a run for governor in 2007 or a Senate race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2008.[17] Neither event occurred. On October 3, 2009, Verne Lundquist of CBS Sports said during the broadcast of a Georgia football game that George had moved to Athens, Georgia.


  1. ^ "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997". Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "The Thrills and Trials of Being Miss America". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. August 8, 1971. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  3. ^ "There she is: From 1921 to 2017, see the Miss America pageant through the years". Deseret News. September 15, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Musel, Robert (August 26, 1970). "Television in Review". The Bryan Times. United Press International. p. 16. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "People in News". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. August 11, 1971. p. 23. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ Cauley, Paul (June 30, 2006). "Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971 Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn (Text by Belinda Myrick-Barnett)". Paul Cauley. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Davis, Shirley (October 19, 2000). "History follows former Miss Iowa First black pageant winner recalls her crowning moment". Quad-City Times. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Perlmutter, Marty (December 5, 1975). "Phyllis George Finds Her Career". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  9. ^ Dallas Morning News (December 26, 1987). "Gardner Set For High-Visibility Role". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  10. ^ "Miss America takes back seat to horses". Beaver County Times. United Press International. 1975-06-07. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  11. ^ Thomas, Bob (September 16, 1978). "Phyllis George wanted more than being female jock". The Register-Guard. Eugene. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  12. ^ "Phyllis George Quits". The Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 31, 1985. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  13. ^ "Phyllis George enjoys first day as co-anchor". Milwaukee Sentinel. January 15, 1985. p. 3.
  14. ^ "George sells chicken". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1988-08-20. p. 2AS.
  15. ^ Associated Press (1991-07-23). "From a queen to a company boss". St. Petersburg Times. p. E1.
  16. ^ "Chatting with Phyllis George". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 2004-12-05. p. 3G.
  17. ^ a b Smith, Liz (January 31, 2007). "Ex-Miss America Eyes Politics". New York Post.
  18. ^ "There she was and she was so nice". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 2002-10-11. p. 6 Life & Arts.
  19. ^ "Appalachian Artisan Center's first Spring Celebration". The Hazard Herald. 2007-05-23.
  20. ^ "Phyllis Meets The Parent". New York Daily News. 2000-11-20.
  21. ^ "Phyllis George Seeks Divorce". The Dispatch. Lexington. Associated Press. April 3, 1978. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "Phyllis George seeks divorce from Brown". Ocala Star-Banner. 1997-12-09. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  23. ^ "The Reliable Source". The Washington Post. 2007-03-29.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pamela Eldred
Miss America
Succeeded by
Laurel Schaefer
Preceded by
Dana Dowell
Miss Texas
Succeeded by
Belinda Myrick
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Charlann Harting Carroll
First Spouse of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Dr. Bill Collins
Media offices
Preceded by
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Miss America host
1989-1990 (co-host with Gary Collins)
Succeeded by
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford
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, Phyllis George and Anne Armstrong.Capraro died in October 2013, aged 70.

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This episode celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the 15th anniversary of animated Peanuts specials on CBS, which both took place the following year, in 1980. It included an interview with Charles M. Schulz. Phyllis George hosted.

Hela Yungst

Hela Yungst Hochman (January 15, 1950 in Israel – February 24, 2002 in Livingston, New Jersey), also known as Hela Young, was an American television entertainer and beauty pageant winner. She was a promoter of Holocaust awareness and a former president of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

Yungst was born in Israel, to Eva (née Faiman) and Henry; both were survivors of The Holocaust. The family moved to the United States in 1956 where she first lived in Newark, New Jersey. She was raised in Hillside, New Jersey and graduated from Hillside High School in 1967, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated from Newark State College (now Kean University) with a B.A. in music education and theatre.

Yungst was Miss New Jersey 1970, representing the state in the Miss America 1971 pageant in Atlantic City. The Women's Liberation Front demonstrated at the event. Yungst was not a finalist, however, losing to Miss Texas 1970, Phyllis George. In August 1971, Yungst traveled to Vietnam with George, Miss Nevada 1970, Vicky Jo Todd, Miss New Jersey 1970, Cheryl Browne, Miss Iowa 1970, Karen Shields, Miss Arkansas 1970, Donna Connelly, and Miss Texas 1970 (George's replacement), Belinda Myrick. They participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there. The tour began in Saigon. Browne later commented that she thought "it was one of the last Miss America groups to go to Vietnam."Yungst was a performer on stage and in films, television commercials and soap operas, appearing in Guiding Light and All My Children. She changed her name to Hela Young and became the New Jersey Lottery hostess in January 1977 on NJN drawing the nightly winning numbers. She left television in November 2001 due to illness.

She resided with her husband and daughter in Mountainside, New Jersey and died in 2002 due to cancer.The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education presents "The Hela Young Award" each year "to honor a person in recognition of outstanding work in the community for the improvement of human relations among diverse peoples and for the improvement of the human condition."

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John Y. Brown Jr.

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The son of a U.S. congressman, Brown's talent for business became evident in college, where he made a substantial amount of money selling Encyclopædia Britannica sets. After briefly practicing law with his father, he purchased Kentucky Fried Chicken from founder Harland Sanders in 1964. Brown turned the company into a worldwide success, and sold his interest in the company for a huge profit in 1971. He then invested in several other restaurant ventures, but none matched the success of KFC. During the 1970s, he also owned, at various times, three professional basketball teams – the American Basketball Association's Kentucky Colonels, and the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves (currently the Los Angeles Clippers).

Despite having previously shown little inclination toward politics, Brown surprised political observers by declaring his candidacy for governor in 1979. With the state and nation facing difficult economic times, Brown promised to run the state government like a business. A strong media campaign funded by his personal fortune allowed him to win the Democratic primary and go on to defeat former Republican governor Louie B. Nunn in the general election. Because he owed few favors to established political leaders, he appointed many successful businesspeople to state posts instead of making political appointments. Following through on his campaign promise to make more diverse appointments, he named a woman and an African-American to his cabinet. During his tenure, Brown exerted less influence over the legislature than previous governors and was frequently absent from the state, leaving lieutenant governor Martha Layne Collins as acting governor for more than one quarter of his term. He briefly considered a run for the U.S. Senate after his gubernatorial term, but withdrew from the race after only three weeks, citing health issues. He has continued to invest in business ventures, the most high profile of which was Kenny Rogers Roasters, a wood-roasted chicken restaurant he founded with country music star Kenny Rogers.

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Miss Texas 1970, Phyllis George, was crowned Miss America 1971. George would later become a noted media personality, featured on the CBS football program The NFL Today, as well as the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.

In August 1971, George traveled to Vietnam with Miss Nevada 1970, Vicky Jo Todd, Miss New Jersey 1970, Hela Yungst, Miss Arizona 1970, Karen Shields, Miss Arkansas 1970, Donna Connelly, Miss Iowa 1970, Cheryl Browne, and Miss Texas 1970 (George's replacement after she became Miss America), Belinda Myrick. They were participating in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there. The tour began in Saigon. Browne later commented that she thought "it was one of the last Miss America groups to go to Vietnam."

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