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Jean Bartel dies at 87; Miss America 1943 pushed pageant to give scholarships
Jean Bartel dies at 87; Miss America 1943 pushed pageant to give scholarships

Jean Bartel, a former UCLA student who became Miss America of 1943 and was credited with selling $2.5 million in war bonds, has died. She was 87. Bartel died in her sleep Sunday at her Brentwood home, said actress Lee Meriwether, the 1955 Miss America who was a longtime friend. A former music student at UCLA, Bartel entered the pageant circuit hoping for a career on Broadway. "She was a wonderful actress and singer," Meriwether said. "Back then before the pageant was on television it was difficult to convince people if you won that you had talent or a brain or personality." Bartel won the Miss California competition in August 1943, and was named Miss America the...

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