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Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955: Pageant Is 'Very Special'

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A new Miss America will be crowned on Jan. 12, more than nine decades since the beauty pageant first made waves on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The event was a hit from the start, but truly became a cultural phenomenon after it was first televised in 1955: That year the whole nation, it seemed, watched California's Lee Meriwether take the crown.
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