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Phyllis George Biography
Phyllis George (born: Phyllis Ann George) is an American businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster. She was born on 25 June 1949 in Denton, Texas. George was the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983.
Phyllis attended North Texas State University (now University of North Texas [UNT]) for three years until she was crowned Miss Texas in 1970. Texas Christian University also awarded scholarships to Miss Texas honorees. She left UNT and enrolled at TCU for several weeks until winning the Miss America crown later that fall. Phyllis is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
She has founded two companies in her business career, the first of which was “By George” chicken fillets. She sold the company to Hormel Foods in 1988 after operating for only two years. She received the “Celebrity Women Business Owner of the Year” from the National Association of Women Business Owners in 1991.
George created Phyllis George Beauty, which markets a line of cosmetics and skincare products through television shopping network HSN in 2003. George has also written or co-authored five books—three about crafts, one on dieting (her first book, The I Love America Diet, published in 1982), and her most recent, Never Say Never (2002).
She was the founder of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and is an avid folk and traditional art collector. George is also a founding member of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.
Phyllis George Age
Phyllis Ann George was born on 25 June 1949 in Denton, Texas. She is 70 years old as of 2019.
Phyllis George Family
Phyllis was born to Diantha Cogdell and James George in Denton, Texas.
Phyllis George Husband | Phyllis George Marriages
George was married to Hollywood producer, Robert Evans from 1977 to 1978. She then married former Governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr. in 1979. She served as Kentucky’s First Lady during Brown’s term in office.
Phyllis George Robert Evans
George was previously married to American film producer and studio executive Robert Evans. Evans is best known for his work on Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
Evans had suffered a stroke during a dinner party in honor of director Wes Craven on May 6, 1998. He suffered the stroke while giving a toast, and was rushed to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He then suffered a series of three strokes in quick succession. Evans was left paralyzed on his right side and completely unable to speak.
During his time in the hospital, Evans was encouraged by media mogul and friend Sumner Redstone, who stayed at his bedside, to work on his speech and recovery. Evans witnessed Frank Sinatra’s body being taken away after he suffered a heart attack in one of the adjoining rooms at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was an event that furthered his desire to recover. Eventually, he regained his ability to talk and he returned to producing but he relied on a cane for shorter walks and had limited mobility.
He died on October 26, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 89. Evans and George did not have any children together.
Phyllis George Children
George has two children with Brown, Lincoln Tyler George Brown (born 1980) and Pamela Ashley Brown (born 1983). Lincoln graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Her daughter Pamela attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a weekend morning news anchor/general assignment reporter with ABC7/WJLA-TV in Washington, DC.
Phyllis George Miss America
George competed for Miss Texas as Miss Denton in 1969 finishing fourth. The following year she competed as Miss Dallas and was named Miss Texas 1970, then was crowned Miss America 1971 on September 12, 1970.
She traveled to Vietnam with Miss Iowa Cheryl Browne in August 1971, Miss Nevada 1970, Vicky Jo Todd, Miss New Jersey 1970, Hela Yungst, Miss Arizona 1970, Karen Shields, Miss Arkansas 1970, Donna Connelly, and George’s replacement after she was crowned Miss America, Miss Texas 1970, Belinda Myrick. The also participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there.
Phyllis participated in a 22-day United Service Organizations tour for American troops there. She also appeared on numerous talk shows, including three interviews on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during her year-long stint as Miss America.
Phyllis George CBS Sports
In 1974, CBS Sports producers approached George to become a sportscaster. George joined The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame shows before National Football League games in 1975. This made her one of the first women to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage.
She also worked on horse racing events, including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. She also had a brief stint on a television news version of People in 1978 and also a job as a morning television talk show host as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in 1985. George sporadically returned to the media spotlight, hosting her own prime-time talk show, 1994’s A Phyllis George Special. On the show, she interviewed then-President Bill Clinton, and a 1998 talk show called Women’s Day on the cable network PAX. In 1979, she also appeared as a guest on The Muppet Show.
CBS settled on George to serve as a permanent anchor for its morning news program The Early Show § The 1980s in 1985. She was given a three-year contract following a two-week trial run. As a co-anchor, she interviewed newsmakers including then-First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Phyllis George Meet The Parents
She resurfaced in 2000 when she played a minor character in the hit movie Meet the Parents. The film was one of her very few film roles.
Phyllis George Salary | Phyllis George Net Worth
The successful businesswoman and actress’ annual salary and net worth are not yet disclosed.
Phyllis George Jimmy The Greek
American sports commentator Jimmy the Greek once brought to tears George before a show by making a comment about her husband. This lead to Jimmy taping his segments with Musburger in advance so that he and George were not on the set at the same time.
Phyllis George Measurements
Height 5 ft 9 in / 173 cm
Weight 121 lb / 55 kg