Sharon Brown
Sharon Rene Brown

(1943-09-01) September 1, 1943 (age 78)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Louisiana USA 1961
Miss USA 1961
Hair colorBrown[1]
Eye colorBrown[1]
Miss Louisiana USA 1961
Miss USA 1961
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss Universe 1961
(4th runner-up)
(Miss Photogenic)

Sharon Rene Brown (born September 1, 1943) is an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 1961 becoming the first Miss USA titleholder in history to win the pageant's Photogenic Award.

Early life

Brown is originally from rural Waterproof in southern Tensas Parish in eastern Louisiana. She moved to Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, in the summer of 1961 with her parents. Her father, Roy L. Brown (1921–1978) is interred at the Minden Cemetery. Her mother, Pauline “Polly” Craft-Brown (1921-2010) is interred at Mulhearn Cemetery, Hwy. 80, Monroe, LA. She has twin brothers, Gary Lemoyne (1948-2006) and Larry Roy Brown (born 1948), and a younger brother, Joe Michael Brown (1956). Her grandparents were James Corbett Craft (1882 - 1974) and Lula Maranda Prine-Craft (1899-2000) both interred in the same cemetery as Polly.

Brown attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, the seat of Lincoln Parish. She won the title of Miss Waterproof 1961 and was also Miss Louisiana Tech that year. She was a freshman at Louisiana Tech during the 1960–1961 school year. She was a high school cheerleader from 1958 to 1960.[2]

Miss USA

After winning the Miss Louisiana USA crown representing Minden, Brown captured the Miss USA crown, becoming the first Miss USA winner to obtain both the Photogenic award and Miss USA title.[1] She was eighteen years old at the time and went on to place as fourth runner-up in Miss Universe 1961.

Celebrating Louisiana's second representative to achieve the title of Miss USA, Minden proclaimed July 25, 1961, as Sharon Brown Day. She was honored with a parade, a 23-jewel wrist watch, and a $500 money order.[3]

After Miss USA

After her Miss USA tenure ended, she pursued a free-lance modeling and television career in New York City.[4]

In 1962, she was selected Queen of the 28th annual Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. She appeared on Bob Hope's NBC television program.[5]

In 1978, she was living in Chicago, Illinois.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d = 6ukoAAAAIBAJ&sjid = kNEEAAAAIBAJ&dq = &pg = 2880%2C2145226 "Louisiana Girl New Miss USA". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Associated Press. July 12, 1961. Retrieved October 11, 2010. ((cite news)): Check |url= value (help)
  2. ^ Gems of Minden
  3. ^ "Miss USA Receives Royal Homecoming", Minden Herald, July 27, 1961, p. 1
  4. ^ "Sharon Leaves for Modeling, Television Career in New York", Minden Press, July 23, 1962
  5. ^ "Sharon Rene Brown Reigns over 28th Bowl Classic", Minden Herald, January 4, 1962, p. 9
  6. ^ Minden Press-Herald, November 27, 1978, p. 1