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Marian McKnight (born 19 December 1936 in Manning, South Carolina) is a former American beauty pageant winner.

She earned the 1957 Miss America title with a Marilyn Monroe act in the talent portion, and later worked with Monroe's ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio, for a Virginia supplier of military bases. Despite the contention of Monroe biographer Donald Spoto, McKnight denied that she and DiMaggio were romantically involved [1]. She married actor Gary Conway in 1958; after meeting at UCLA, they have two children, they are owners of Carmody McKnight winery .[2].


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Preceded by
Sharon Ritchie
Miss America
Succeeded by
Marilyn Van Derbur


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