Miss Alabama History

Note:  This history section is slowly under construction.  This list shows all known titleholders who have represented Alabama in the Miss America Pageant.  In 1936, 1946, and 1948, two winners were crowned in the Miss Alabama/Birmingham Pageant and both competed at Miss America.  The titles of Miss Birmingham and Miss Alabama were both owned and administered by The Birmingham News and the primary title changed permanently to Miss Alabama after 1946.  The title of Miss Montgomery was initially a stand-alone pageant whose winner competed at Miss America from 1937 - 1940; Miss Montgomery later  competed as a local titleholder in the Miss Alabama Pageant.  The title of Miss Mobile was also initially a stand-alone pageant whose winner competed at Miss America in 1926; Miss Mobile later competed as a local titleholder in the Miss Alabama Pageant.  The current system in use, which allows only the winners of local pageants to compete in the Miss Alabama Pageant with no at-large contestants in the state pageant, has been in place since about 1971.  Miss America was not held in 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1934.

Summary of Miss America Awards (through Miss America 2014):

Miss America: 3
1st Runner-up: 3
2nd Runner-up: 5
3rd Runner-up: 5
4th Runner-up: 5
Total Top 5 Placements:  21
Top Ten Only:  17
Top Twelve Only:  1
Top Thirteen Only:  1
Top Fifteen Only:  7
Total Top 15 or higher:  47
Miss Congeniality:  2
Non-Finalist Talent Award:  3
Non-Finalist Interview Award:  1
Preliminary Talent Awards:   17
Preliminary Swimsuit Awards: 11    

Miss Alabama Titleholders



 Miss America Awards


Caitlin Brunell



Chandler Champion Non-Finalist Talent Award


Anna Laura Bryan

 Top 12 Semi-finalist; QL Award Winner


Courtney Porter

 Top 13 Semi-finalist


Ashley Davis



Liz Cochran

 QL Finalist


Amanda Tapley

 Top 15; QL 2nd Rup; CMN Top 3


Jamie Langley

 QL Finalist; CMN 2nd Place


Melinda Toole

 4th Runner-Up; QL 2nd Rup; Miss Congeniality


Alexa Jones

 2nd Runner-Up; QL 2nd Rup


Shannon Camper



Deidre Downs

 Miss America; QL Award Winner


Catherine Crosby

 Top 15; QL Award Winner


Scarlotte Deupree

 1st Runner-Up; QL 1st Rup


Kelly Jones



Jana Sanderson

 Top Ten


Julie Smith

 Top Ten; QL 2nd Rup


Ashley Halfman



Beth Stomps



Alison McCreary

 3rd Runner-Up; QL Award Winner


Leigh Sherer

 Top Ten; QL Finalist


Amie Beth Dickinson



Heather Whitestone

 Miss America ; PTA; PSA; QL 1st Rup


Kalyn Chapman

 Top Ten


Kim Wimmer

 QL Award Winner


Wendy Neuendorf



Resha Riggins

 Non-Finalist Interview Award; QL Finalist


Julie Coons



Jenny Jackson

 4th Runner-Up


Kym Williams



Angela Callahan

 Top Ten


Angela Tower 

 4th Runner-Up; PSA 


Tammy Little

 Non-finalist Talent Award


Pam Battles

 2nd Runner-Up


Yolanda Fernandez

 3rd Runner-Up


Phoebe Stone



Paige Phillips

 1st Runner-Up; PTA


Kathy Pickett

 Non-Finalist Talent Award


Theresa Cheatham

 1st Runner-Up; PTA; PSA


Julie Houston



Denise Davis



Susie Vaughn



Pam Long



Jane Rice



Freita Fuller



Ceil Jenkins



Suzanne Dennie



Ann Fowler



Dellynne Catching

 Top Ten; PSA


Becky Alford



Angi Grooms

 Top Ten


Linda Folsom

 Top Ten; PTA


Vickie Powers

 Top Ten; PTA


Judy Short

 Top Ten; PTA; PSA


Patricia Bonner



Delores Hodgens

 Top Ten


Teresa Rinaldi

 Top Ten; PTA


Betty Lindstrom



Lee Thornberry

 Top Ten; PTA


Anna Stange



Ann Stuart Ariail

 2nd Runner-Up; PTA


Patricia Huddleston

 Top Ten; PTA


Marilyn Tate

 Top Ten


Virginia McDavid

 3rd Runner-Up


Gwen Harmon

 3rd Runner-Up; PSA

 1951 Bettye Burson N/A


Jeanne Moody

 Top 15; PTA


Yolande Betbeze

 Miss America; PSA


Frieda Roser



Marjorie Orr



Martha Ann Ingram

 2nd Runner-Up


Peggy Elder

 3rd Runner-Up; PSA


Dale Nunnally



Sue Donegan



Frances Dorn

 2nd Runner-Up; PTA


Betty Jane Rase

 4th Runner-Up; PTA; PSA


Toula Hogestratou

 Miss Congeniality


Marie Duncan

 Top Ten; PSA


Virginia McGraw

 Top 15; PTA


Evelyn Motlow



Carolyn Foreman (Miss Montgomery)



Florine Holt

 Top 15


Louise Robertson (Miss Montgomery)



Mildred Oxford

 Top 15


Patricia McDaniel (Miss Montgomery)



Josephine Beall



Ingram Starkey (Miss Montgomery)

 Top Ten


Gloria Levinge

 4th Runner-Up; PTA


Tommy Marie Peck

 Top 15


Adelynn Owen



Vivian McDowell (Miss Mobile)



Nellie Kincaid



Mildred Adams



Louise Newman



Elise Sparrow



Lois Wilson