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Former Miss America, Sportscaster Phyllis George Dead at 70

Former Miss America, Sportscaster Phyllis George Dead at 70
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Phyllis George, Miss America 1971 and a trailblazing sportscaster, died May 14 at age 70, ESPN reports.

George died after battling a blood disorder, her ex-husband, former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., confirmed.

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Miss Texas 1970 before claiming the Miss America crown, George went on to become the first woman sportscaster at a major TV network, CBS, in 1974. She was a regular on the Emmy-winning "The NFL Today" (1975-1983) and hosted "CBS Morning News" for part of 1985, the latter of which became controversial when she encouraged a man falsely imprisoned for rape and his accuser to hug it out on live TV. They did not.

Briefly married to colorful producer Robert Evans from 1977-1978, George was married to Brown from 1979-1998, serving as Kentucky's First Lady during her husband's term as governor from 1979-1983.

She was a noted businesswoman, with Chicken by George (a chicken fillet business) and a Phyllis George Beauty line to her credit.

George is survived by her two children.

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