Phyllis George, the former Miss Texas and Miss America who made history as a sportscaster on the CBS pregame show The NFL Today, has died. She was 70.
George died Thursday after a long struggle with a blood disorder at a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, a family spokeswoman announced.
One of the first women to have a nationally prominent role reporting for TV sports, she also covered horse racing events, including the Preakness and Belmont stakes. George's role in 1974 as Allen Funt's co-emcee of CBS' Candid Camera launched her career in television.
George was married to Hollywood producer Robert Evans from 1977-78 and later to John Y. Brown Jr., her second husband, from 1979-98.
She was survived by her children, Lincoln Tyler George Brown and CNN White House correspondent Pamela Ashley Brown, and her grandchildren, Benny and 8-week-old Vivienne.