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Phyllis Ann George

Phyllis George signing autographs at the Miss America 2008 pageant
Born June 25, 1949 (1949-06-25) (age 60)
Denton, Texas
Other names Phyllis George Brown
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Robert Evans
(1977-1978)
John Y. Brown, Jr. (1979-1998)

Phyllis Ann George Brown (born 25 June 1949) is an American businesswoman and a former sportscaster. She is a former Miss Texas and Miss America of 1971.

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Biography

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Early life

George was born in Denton, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas for three years until crowned Miss Texas in 1971. At that time, Texas Christian University awarded scholarships to Miss Texas honorees. As a result, Phyllis left UNT and enrolled at TCU for several weeks until winning the Miss America crown later that fall. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity. After attending both the University of North Texas and Texas Christian University, George won the 1971 Miss America pageant.

In her year-long stint as Miss America, George appeared on numerous talk shows, including three interviews on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

CBS Sports

As a result of the publicity she garnered after being crowned, CBS Sports producers approached her to become a sportscaster in 1975. That year, she joined the cast of The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame, halftime, and postgame broadcasts of National Football League (NFL) games. She was one of the first females to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage.

Her other CBS Sports duties she had was working on the horse racing events (including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes) and figure skating. Additionally, George had a brief stint on a television news version of People in 1978 and a job as a morning television talk show host as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in 1985. Since that time, she has sporadically returned to the media spotlight, hosting her own prime-time talk show, 1994’s A Phyllis George Special, on which she interviewed then-President Bill Clinton, and a 1998 talk show called Women's Day on the cable network Pax.

CBS Morning News

In 1985, CBS settled on Phyllis George to serve as a permanent anchor for their morning news program. George was given a three-year contract following a two-week trial run. As co-anchor, she interviewed newsmakers including then–First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Business interests

George has founded two companies in her business career. The first of which was Chicken By George. In the mid 1990s, George sold the company to consumer giant Hormel Foods. In 2003, George created Phyllis George Beauty which markets a line of cosmetics and skincare through television shopping network HSN.

She has also written four books — three about crafts and one on dieting.

Personal life

George was previously married to Robert Evans and to former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr., with whom she had two children, including television reporter Pamela Ashley Brown, and served as Kentucky's First Lady. She is also the author of several books. George was the founder of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and is an avid folk and traditional arts collector.

George resurfaced in 2000 when she played a minor character in the hit movie, Meet the Parents. It was one of her very rare film roles.

On January 28, 2007, reporter Howard Fineman said on The Chris Matthews Show that George had moved back to Kentucky and was considering entering politics with either a run for governor in 2007 or a Senate race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2008. She is a founding board member of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

On October 3, 2009, Verne Lundquist of CBS Sports said during the broadcast of the LSU at Georgia football game that George had moved to Athens, Georgia.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Pamela Anne Eldred
Miss America
1971
Succeeded by
Laurie Lea Schaefer
Media offices
Preceded by
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Miss America host
1989-1990 (co-host with Gary Collins)
Succeeded by
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford

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