The Top 5 Most Famous Miss Americas Ever

by Raphael Chestang 6:59 PM PDT, September 11, 2015
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To celebrate the Miss America pageant this weekend, let's take a trip down memory lane to remember some of the most famous title-holders.

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5. Lee Meriwether: After winning the title in 1955, the Golden Globe-nominated actress starred as Catwoman in 1966's Batman: The Movie, playing opposite Adam West and Burt Ward. Meriwether is still working today. She last appeared in A Horse for Summer alongside Dean Cain.

4. Mary Ann Mobley: The 1959 winner was born in Mississippi and took some of that Southern charm with her to the set of 1965's musical-comedy Girl Happy where she shimmied alongside Elvis Presley. Mobley passed away in Beverly Hills in 2014 at the age of 77.

3. Gretchen Carlson: 1989's winner went from interviewee to interviewer as the host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News.

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2. Debbye Turner Bell: Following her 1990 win, Bell went on to be the fill-in anchor on CBS Morning News before leaving in 2012. She now hosts Arise America on world news channel Arise News.

1. Vanessa Williams: The most famous Miss America ever won her crown in 1983, the first African-American to do so. The following year it was revealed that nude photos Williams took two years prior would be published in Penthouse magazine, which she says tarnished her reputation. According to Williams, pageant officials gave her 72 hours to resign, and she complied. Despite the scandal, Williams has enjoyed a successful acting career that spans across film and television with perhaps her most notable role being that of Wilhelmina Slater on ABC's Ugly Betty. On Sunday, Williams returns to the pageant as a head judge.

Tune in to the 2016 Miss America pageant airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.