Connie Lerner, Miss Asheville, was crowned in Raleigh in 1970. To date she is the only Jewish-American Miss North Carolina. A gifted pianist, Connie played Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude” for her talent because it held special significance for her parents and was played twenty-four hours a day in defiance of the German occupation of Poland in 1939. She won swimsuit in the state competition and was a non-finalist talent winner at Miss America. Connie is featured in Frank Deford’s best seller There She is: The Life and Times of Miss America and in Eli Evans’ book The Lonely Days were Sundays.

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