Miss America 1925
DateSeptember 11, 1925
PresentersKing Neptune (Ernest Torrence)
VenueMillion Dollar Pier Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerFay Lanphier
California California
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Miss America 1925, the fifth Miss America pageant, was held at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, September 11, 1925. Entrants from the West Coast, Miss California, Fay Lanphier from Oakland, and Miss Los Angeles, Adrienne Dore, captured the top two awards. The newly crowned beauty queen was a runner-up in the 1924 competition.[1][2] Lanphier was also the first Miss America crowned representing an entire state.[3]

Reports were received that King Neptune, portrayed by actor Ernest Torrence, somehow fell into the ocean and had to be pulled out ("rescued") by lifeguards. Also on hand for the final night of pageant activities was Triton, son of Neptune, played by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.[4]

Ruth Malcomson the winner from the previous year decided not to defend her title due to her belief that professionals were entering the Inter-City competition as a Hollywood film was to be shot around the 1925 pageant. Her decision drew controversy in the press, and began false speculation that the pageant wasn't on the up and up. The pageant committee quickly instituted a new rule that no Miss America could return to competition.[5]

Contestants of the 1925 Miss America Pageant



Final results Contestant
Miss America 1925
1st runner-up
Top 5
Top 15

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Rolling Chair Parade Winner


City / State Name Age Hometown Placement Special awards
Albuquerque, New Mexico Celina Chauvin
Baltimore, Maryland
Thelma Krakan
Bay Ridge, New York Ethel Groesback[6]
Biloxi, Mississippi Laurice McFarland Top 15
Birmingham, Alabama
Nellie Kincaid
Boston Boston, Massachusetts Nina Wolff
Bridgeport, Connecticut Alta Sommerville
The Bronx, New York
Edith Higgins Top 5
Brooklyn, New York
Peggy Moore
California California Fay Lanphier 19 Winner
Chicago Chicago, Illinois Margarita Gonzales
Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio Elsie Connor Top 15
Dallas, Texas Elinore Wilkens
Detroit, Michigan Jane Porter Top 15
Elgin, Illinois Lucille Burns
Erie, Pennsylvania Mary Ann Guth
Fort Worth, Texas Mary Louis Kilman
Frederick, Maryland Mildred Lee Purdy
Greater New York, New York Alice Beatrice Roberts Top 5
Hagerstown, Maryland Aleda Bradford Cook
Hartford, Connecticut Mary Brandaburg
Houston Houston, Texas Edna Francis
Huntington, West Virginia Eleanor McCracken
Jersey City, New Jersey Francis M. Glowaski Top 15
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Estella Wittell
Los Angeles, California Adrienne Dore 1st runner-up
Louisville, Kentucky Mary Madeline O'Laughlin Top 15
Manchester, Connecticut Helen Kanehl
Miami, Florida Ruth Woodall Top 15
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Virginia Armstrong
Minneapolis, Minnesota Lucille McGinty Top 15
Newark, New Jersey
Helen Corcoran Top 15
New England Katherine Kearns
New Jersey New Jersey Lee Bartlett
New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Thelma Roeling
Norfolk, Virginia Dorothea Price
Ohio Ohio Elarka Towne
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fern Marlow
Omaha, Nebraska Myrtle Roach Top 15
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mildred Walker Top 15
Pensacola, Florida Lucy Davis Young Rolling Chair Parade Winner
Pottsville, Pennsylvania Elsie Gallagher
Reading, Pennsylvania Florence Zawidski
Rhode Island Rhode Island Loretta Berchman
St. Louis, Missouri Eileen Wenzel
San Francisco, California Edyth Flynn
Santa Cruz, California Yetta Haber
Scranton, Pennsylvania Beula Keator
Seattle, Washington Evelyn Carman
Sioux City, Iowa Dorothy Nordyke
St. Paul, Minnesota Dorothy Bastyr
Syracuse, New York Fern Jackson Top 5
Toledo, Ohio Emilia Kaniewska
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sue Starkey
Uniontown, Pennsylvania Mildred Sherman
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Abbie Eagan
Watertown, New York Florence V. Andrews
Westchester, New York Emma Soltis
Wichita, Kansas Wildeana Withers
Yonkers, New York Wilma Ansell
Youngstown, Ohio Isabel Robertson


  1. ^ "Miss America's Smile Her Greatest Asset". The Pittsburgh Press. 1925-09-23. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Miss America Is Fay Lanphier Of California". Sandusky Star-Journal. 1925-09-12. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Miss America History 1925". Archived from the original on 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  4. ^ Universal Service (1924-09-11). "16 Entrants In Beauty Finals". San Antonio Light. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Miss America History 1924". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  6. ^ "illegible". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York. March 30, 1926. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. Miss Dorothea Kenna and Miss Ethel Groesback, who were, selected as the most beautiful girls in Bay Ridge in 1924 and 1925 respectively...