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1971

Phyllis George
Denton, Texas

George became the first pioneer female sportscaster in America co-anchoring the popular Emmy Award winning "NFL Today Show" on CBS with Brent Musberger and Irv Cross from 1975-1984. She also co-hosted three Super Bowl broadcasts and six Rose Bowl Parades in Pasadena, California. She was the first female co-host of "Candid Camera". 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 her own prime-time show on TNN called "Spotlight With Phyllis George”.

She had another first when she became the first woman to found her own chicken company – Chicken by George. While raising her young children she started the company in the kitchen at her historic home – Cave Hill Place - in Lexington, Kentucky. Chicken by George is now a division of Hormel Foods – a 3.5 billion dollar company.

George is also an accomplished author of 4 books. Her most recent book is “Living with Quilts” (GT Publishing 1998). She also wrote "Kentucky Crafts: Handmade & Heartfelt: (Crown 1988), Craft In America: Celebrating the Creative Work of the Hand" (Summit1993) and the “I Love America” diet book (Morrow 1984).

George recently had her first acting role as Linda Banks in the huge hit “Meet The Parents,” a comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller.

Phyllis has just been named one of the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World”. She was also recently named one of the “50 Greatest Women in Radio & Television” by American Women in Radio & TV. She will be featured in their new book “Making Waves: The 50 Greatest Women in Radio & TV” due out in October.

What She's Doing Now

An accomplished television broadcaster, author, entrepreneur and award-winning humanitarian, Phyllis was recently appointed to the Miss America Organization’s Board of Directors. In addition, she is the Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Phyllis George Beauty, her new skin care line. It will debut on the Home Shopping Network in October, where she will be appearing and showcasing her products.

 

Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

Phyllis George, Miss America 1971

 

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