“Forgotten Hollywood”- First Lady of Sports…

Posted on May 17, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Phyllis George was a former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS’s The NFL Today, and served as the First Lady of Kentucky. She also penned several books and was a brand leader in business.

“`From Denton, Texas, George attended the University of North Texas for three years, and then went to Texas Christian University after earning a scholarship as Miss Texas in 1970. She became the fiftieth Miss America in 1971.

“`Sports media discovered George while she was co-hosting Candid Camera and the Miss America pageant. She received a thirteen-week option from CBS in 1974 without a defined role. She would earn a three-year deal and it paved the way for her breakthrough role the next year on The NFL Today.  George joined Brent Musburger and Irv Cross as a co-host. She conducted interviews with star athletes including NFL greats Joe Namath and Roger Staubach. She  went on to co-host the CBS Morning News in 1985,  but quit after less than eight months.

“`George remained a friend of minister Norman Vincent Peale and was a devout believer in his best-selling philosophy of positive thinking. She credits that approach for launching a defining career she did not expect; one that saw her range into an astonishing variety of ventures and roles, in media, the film industry, food and beauty products and as the glamorous first lady of Kentucky.

“`Phyllis George was seventy.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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