American Experience (1988– )
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cherry Jones ... Narrator (voice)
Julia Álvarez Julia Álvarez ... Herself
Sarah Banet-Weiser Sarah Banet-Weiser ... Herself
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Kimberly Clarice Aiken Kimberly Clarice Aiken ... Herself - Miss America 1994 (as Kimberly Aiken Cockerman)
Ric Ferentz Ric Ferentz ... Himself
William Goldman ... Himself
Vicki Gold Levi Vicki Gold Levi ... Herself
Leonard Horn Leonard Horn ... Himself
Lee Meriwether ... Herself - Miss America 1955
Isaac Mizrahi ... Himself
Mary Ann Mobley ... Herself - Miss America 1959
Robin Morgan ... Herself
Kathy Peiss Kathy Peiss ... Herself
Tricia Rose Tricia Rose ... Herself


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27 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951, states, in a contemporary talking-head interview, that she won the talent competition. The talent competition was actually won by Renee Roy, the only talent winner ever to do stand-up comedy. See more »

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Same "Burnsian" format... but far more entertaining!
20 January 2002 | by kbergSee all my reviews

We saw this at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival some eight days ago as I write this review. This doc was produced for the American Experience on PBS and the format is the same Ric Burns/Ken Burns style to which we have grown all too accustomed over the years... however, this story has mercifully many more motion picture images and a lot more sass. With expectations of a documentary that covered a pageant from small-town dreams to the crooning of "there she is..." I was relieved they chose a different approach (apparently they shot alot of their own pageant footage but did not use much of it). This is a classic historical doc that tackles serious women's and civil rights issues. Very even-handed without pulling its punches... posing the contradictions of an event that has objectified women yet in some ways has liberated women as sexual beings. The interviews are great and some of the footage they found is laugh out loud funny... Highly recommended.

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