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Miss America Venus Ramey, 1944

Posted on January 14, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Miss Venus Ramey, native Kentuckian and Miss America for 1944, pictured during brief stop in Lexington.  Left, Miss Ramey's father, J.C. Ramey, of Waynesburg.  Right, Miss Ramey's brother, J.W. Ramey. Ramey was born September 26, 1924 in Ashland, Ky. She left the state to work for the war effort in Washington, DC, and won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America in 1944. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title. In 2007, on her farm in Lincoln County, the then 82-year-old used a .38-caliber handgun to shoot out the tires of a car belonging to an intrucer, while balancing on her walker. She held the man until police arrived. She later appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, who aked her where she learned to shoot. "I'm from Kentucky," she replied. Published in the Lexington Herald December 1, 1944. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Venus Ramey, a native Kentuckian and Miss America for 1944, during a brief stop in Lexington in December 1944. At left is Ramey’s father, J.C. Ramey, of Waynesburg, and at right is her brother, J.W. Ramey. Ramey was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Ashland. She left the state to work for the war effort in Washington. She won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title. In 2007, on her farm in Lincoln County, at age 82 and balancing with a walker, she used a .38-caliber handgun to shoot out the tires of a car belonging to an intruder. She held the man until police arrived. She later appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, who asked her where she learned to shoot. “I’m from Kentucky,” she replied. Published in the Lexington Herald on Dec. 1, 1944. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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