The Great American Beauty Contest
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Written byStanford Whitmore
Directed byRobert Day
StarringJoAnna Cameron
Eleanor Parker
Robert Cummings
Louis Jourdan
Farrah Fawcett
Music byKenneth Wannberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLeonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
ProducersEverett Chambers
Robert Monroe (associate producer)
Production locationsLos Angeles County
Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
CinematographyJames A. Crabe
EditorsJames D. Mitchell
Bruce Schoengarth
Frank Capacchione
Running time74 minutes
Production companiesABC Circle Films
Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)

The Great American Beauty Contest is a 1973 American satirical comedy–drama[2] television film, starring JoAnna Cameron and featuring Eleanor Parker, Robert Cummings, Louis Jourdan and Farrah Fawcett in an early film appearance.[2][3][4]

It was directed by Robert Day and was originally shown on the ABC TV network in the United States on February 13, 1973.


A feminist enters a beauty contest, hoping to win and deliver a speech on exploitation and sexism at the end.



The film was announced in December 1972.[5]

"It's turning out to be great camp", said Aaron Spelling during filming.[6]


AllMovie characterizes the film as "An unsubtle but effective TV-movie satire of the 'Miss America' syndrome", and calls the belly dance performed by Farrah Fawcett "endearingly ridiculous."[2]

The Los Angeles Times called it "witty, perceptive."[7]

See also


  1. ^ Norma, L. B. (Feb 11, 1973). "A bit of advice from a 'new star': 'forget it!'". Chicago Tribune. ProQuest 170362791.
  2. ^ a b c The Great American Beauty Contest at AllMovie
  3. ^ The Great American Beauty Contest at
  4. ^ "Trio scheduled in ABC movie". Los Angeles Times. Dec 26, 1972. ProQuest 157097134.
  5. ^ "Trio Scheduled in ABC Movie" Los Angeles Times 26 Dec 1972: e28.
  6. ^ "What do you do with a crooked palm tree?". Chicago Tribune. Jan 5, 1973. ProQuest 170349778.
  7. ^ Thomas, K. (1973, Feb 13). "TV MOVIE REVIEW". Los Angeles Times