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Phyllis George
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Phyllis George signing autographs at the Miss America 2008 pageant
First Lady of Kentucky
In role
December 11, 1979 – December 13, 1983
Governor John Y. Brown Jr.
Preceded by Charlann Harting Carroll
Succeeded by Bill Collins
Miss America 1971
Miss Texas 1970
Preceded by Pamela Eldred
Succeeded by Laurie Lea Schaefer
Personal details
Phyllis Ann George

(1949-06-25)June 25, 1949
Denton, Texas, U.S.
Died May 14, 2020(2020-05-14) (aged 70)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Cause of death Blood cancer
Nationality American
Robert Evans
(m. 1977; div. 1978)

John Y. Brown Jr.
(m. 1979; div. 1998)
Children 2
Alma mater University of North Texas
Texas Christian University
Occupation Sportscaster, actress

Phyllis Ann George (June 25, 1949 – May 14, 2020) was an American businesswoman, former sportscaster and former Miss America. She was Miss America 1971. From 1979 to 1983 she was the First Lady of the U.S. state of Kentucky.

In August 1971, George traveled to Vietnam with several other contestants from the Miss America 1971 pageant. George and the other contestants participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there.

In 1985, CBS chose George to be the permanent presenter for its morning news program, CBS Morning News. She interviewed a number of news makers, including then-First Lady Nancy Reagan.

In 2003, George created the company Phyllis George Beauty. The company markets a line of cosmetics and skincare products through the television network the Home Shopping Network. She appeared in the comedy movie Meet the Fockers.

George was born in Denton, Texas. She died of problems caused by a blood cancer in Lexington, Kentucky on May 14, 2020 at the age of 70.

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