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1971

Phyllis George
Denton, Texas

Phyllis George is known as a trailblazer in many areas in her life. She became the first-female co-host of "Candid Camera". She went from there to be the first female sportscaster on national TV co-anchoring the popular Emmy Award winning "NFL Today Show" on CBS with Brent Musburger and Irv Cross from 1975-1984. She also co-hosted three Super Bowl broadcasts and six Rose Bowl Parades in Pasadena, California. In 1985 she became the co-anchor of the "CBS Morning News" broadcast once again interviewing some of the great newsmakers in the world. Ms George created and hosted two shows on TNN "The Phyllis George Specials" and "Spotlight with Phyllis George".

She also became the first founder and owner of a chicken company – Chicken by George. CBG merged with a very successful national company and became a division of Hormel Foods.

Ms George is an accomplished author. She has written five books. Her most recent and bestseller is NEVER SAY NEVER YES YOU CAN! It is now in re-print.

Phyllis is also a passionate supporter and collector of the creative work of the hand. She's written three books on art, craft and quilts. While Phyllis was married to Governor John Y Brown, as first lady---she did many things--most notably restoring the historic and beautiful Governor's Mansion and she founded the KMAC- The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to promote and support the Artisans of KY.

For five years she created and hosted "American Craft with Phyllis George" and sold close to 20 million dollars for artisans across America.

Phyllis' venture into acting was a role in the mega-hit "Meet the Parents" with Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller and good friend Blythe Danner. It's the first and only movie she's was ever been in!

Phyllis has been named one of the "Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World". She was also named one of the "50 Greatest Women in Radio & Television" by American Women in Radio & TV. She is featured in their book "Making Waves: The 50 Greatest Women in Radio & TV".

The show she created called "Sports by George" is now being considered by two networks for airing.

What She's Doing Now

An accomplished television broadcaster, author, businesswoman/entrepreneur and award-winning humanitarian, she's also a long time member of the Miss Organization Board of Directors.

Phyllis lost her best friend - her mother Louise - to the insidious disease of Alzheimer's. She was named as an "Alzheimer's champion" by the national Alzheimer's Association. Phyllis was also presented with the "Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Award" for her work and advocacy with Alzheimer's. Every year Phyllis presents the "Phyllis George Outstanding Caregiver and Advocacy Award" in memory of her mother, Louise George. She presents the award with the First Lady of Kentucky at the capitol in Frankfort, KY.

Phyllis is now working on an internet project - A website focusing on American handmade art and craft as gifts and collectibles.

Phyllis is the proud mother of two children. Pamela is an anchor/reporter for the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. Her son, Lincoln, is an entrepreneur.


 

Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

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