Phyllis George Wiki – Phyllis George Biography
Phyllis Ann George was an American businesswoman, actress, and sportscaster. She was also Miss Texas 1970, Miss America 1971, and the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.
Facts You Need to Know
14 May 2020, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion H, Lexington, Kentucky, United States Trending
25 June 1949, Denton, Texas, United States
John Y. Brown Jr.
John Y. Brown Jr. (m. 1979–1998), Robert Evans (m. 1977–1978)
Pamela Brown, Lincoln Brown
George was born to Diantha Cogdell and James George in Denton, Texas. She attended North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) for three years until she was crowned Miss Texas in 1970. 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 was 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. The Women’s Liberation Front demonstrated at the event.
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. They participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there.
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.
Phyllis George was married twice. She was married to her first husband Robert Evans from 1977 until their divorce in 1978. She was married to her second husband John Y. Brown Jr. from 1979 until their divorce in 1998.
Phyllis George had 2 children from her marriage to former Governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr., son Lincoln Brown, a technology entrepreneur, and daughter Pamela Brown, a news reporter with CNN.
Cause of Death
Phyllis George died on May 14, 2020, at the age of 70, at Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Phyllis George’s cause of death was complications from a blood disorder. Her ex-husband, former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. told The Courier-Journal, “Phyllis was a great asset to Kentucky. We had a great partnership. I think we enjoyed ourselves every single day. We’re sorry to lose her. She’s been a big part of our lives.”
Phyllis George’s children, Lincoln and Pamela Brown said in a statement: “For many, Mom was known by her incredible accomplishments. To us, she was the most incredible mother we could ever ask for, and it is all of the defining qualities the public never saw, especially against the winds of adversity, that symbolize how extraordinary she is more than anything else. The beauty so many recognized on the outside was a mere fraction of her internal beauty, only to be outdone by an unwavering spirit that allowed her to persevere against all the odds.”
Gov. Andy Beshear said in the tweet: “I was blessed to know Phyllis and her family. Her connection with Kentucky runs deep. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with her children, Lincoln and Pamela.”
George’s net worth was estimated to be $10 Million.