Yolande Fox

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Yolande Fox
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Yolande Betbeze

(1928-11-29)November 29, 1928
DiedFebruary 22, 2016(2016-02-22) (aged 87)
Alma materNew School for Social Research (Philosophy)
OccupationOpera singer, activist
TermMiss America 1951
Spouse(s)Matthew Fox (1954-1964; his death)

Yolande Betbeze Fox (November 29, 1928 – February 22, 2016) was an American singer and beauty pageant winner. She was crowned Miss America 1951. She won her first crown in 1949 when she won Mobile's "Miss Torch" pageant. In 1950, she entered Miss Alabama because it offered scholarship opportunities.[1]

Fox was an active feminist. After her one-year reign as Miss America, she served as an ambassador to Paris. She was active in the NAACP, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), and SANE (The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy). She studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Fox was also an active opera singer and became famous in this area.

Yolande Fox died on February 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C. of lung cancer. She was aged 87.[2]

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  1. "Miss Alabama History". Miss Alabama. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  2. Bernstein, Adam (2016-02-25). "Yolande Betbeze Fox, a Miss America who rebelled, dies at 87". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-02-26.

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