1961 Maria Beale Fletcher

The state pageant was held as Guilford College in 1961, and Miss Asheville, Maria Beale Fletcher, a Radio City Rockette, was crowned Miss North Carolina. Tap dancing to her own vocal recording of “Somebody Loves Me,” she went on to win a preliminary swimsuit award in Atlantic City and won Miss America. She is the only Miss North Carolina to date to achieve the Miss America title.

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