Former Miss America, Miss Texas and TV host Phyllis George, dies at 70

Former Miss America, Miss Texas and TV host Phyllis George, dies at 70

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.

Published on: May 17, 2020 11:53:51

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