Charlene Diane Dallas
Alma materCalifornia College of Arts and Crafts
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss California (1966)
Hair colorBrown[1]
Miss America 1967

Charlene Diane Dallas (born April 13, 1947) is a former beauty queen contestant who was Miss California for 1966, as well as first runner-up to Miss America for 1967.

Early life and education

Dallas is from Danville in Contra Costa County, California. She studied at California College of Arts and Crafts.[2]

Pageantry career

In 1966, Dallas competed as Miss Contra Costa County for the Miss California competition. While she placed as first runner-up, the original winner Donna Danzer returned the title within an hour of winning, and Dallas was named the winner instead.[2]

At the Miss America 1967 competition, hosted in September 1966, she won a talent award for playing piano and a swimsuit award.[1][3] She finished first runner-up overall.[4]

Acting career

She had a number of minor acting roles, including one as Laura Beige in the 1975 film Rancho Deluxe.[5] She played Rita Lange In the "Dirge for a Dead Dachshund" episode of The Eddie Capra Mysteries in 1978,[citation needed] and had second billing in the 1989 film Criminal Act, playing Sharon Fields.[6]



  1. ^ a b c Wechsler, Philip (September 8, 1966). "Pageant's Curves, Talent Trials Begin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Beauty Wins Miss California Crown, Then Gives It Up". The Los Angeles Times. June 27, 1966. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Miss California Wins Swim Suit Trophy". The Los Angeles Times. September 10, 1966. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "Oklahoma Beauty Wins Miss America Contest". The Los Angeles Times. September 11, 1966. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Champlin, Charles (October 8, 1975). "A Rustling Match". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Charlene Dallas". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
Awards and achievements Preceded bySandra Lynne Becker Miss California 1966 Succeeded byKaren Pursell