Betsy Dalton hailed from Winston-Salem and the local Chamber of Commerce asked her to compete only days before the state pageant was held in Goldsboro. The last minute notice was the result of pageant organizers being uncertain they could stage a state pageant because of the war. After winning the state title, Betsy was in Atlantic City just nine days later to compete for the Miss America title. At Miss America, her beauty caught Hollywood’s attention and landed her a screen test at Paramount Studios with actor Charlton Heston.
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