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Sun May 17, 2020, 05:01 AM

Phyllis George, pioneering sportscaster and former Miss America, has died

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/media/phyllis-george-death/index.html



By Brian Stelter, CNN Chief Media Correspondent

Updated 10:04 PM ET, Sat May 16, 2020

(CNN)Phyllis George, a broadcast television pioneer who became the first female co-anchor of the football pregame show "The NFL Today," has died. She was 70.

Her death was confirmed by her children, CNN's senior White House correspondent Pamela Brown and entrepreneur Lincoln Brown.

George was born in Denton, Texas, on June 25, 1949. A trained classical pianist in her youth, she attended North Texas State University before becoming the 50th Miss America in 1971.

That crown -- and her magnetic personality -- catapulted her to national fame. "It was the springboard to everything I've done in my life," she said in a 2007 interview. She joined the organization's board of directors, one of the first past winners to do so.

As Miss America, George made multiple appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and other talk shows, which led Robert Wussler, the president of CBS Sports, to recruit her for a sportscasting job. She joined "The NFL Today" in 1975, working alongside Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder.

"She paved the way for other women to become sportscasters," Pamela said.

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Cross gently, Phyllis.

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Dennis Donovan May 2020 OP
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kentuck May 2020 #2
pazzyanne May 2020 #3
dalton99a May 2020 #4
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:44 AM

1. She obviously had a lot of guts

Sticking her neck out into pro football culture in the mid-70s. She more than held her own too. “Unsinkable” comes to mind.

RIP.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 06:54 AM

2. A beautiful lady...

Always remembered.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:59 AM

3. A woman of beauty and intelligence!

RIP, Phyllis!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:06 AM

4. R.I.P. to an amazing woman

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:21 AM

5. May she rest in peace.

Condolences to her family and friends.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:30 AM

6. I once crossed paths with her in the mid 1970s

We had something to do in L.A., and my immediate superior made reservations for the two of us at the last minute, and grabbed the most convenient hotel he could find. Didn't look at price. It was the Beverly Wilshire (think Beverly Hills Cop 1 and Pretty Woman). THAT'S where I saw Phyllis George. She certainly didn't look out of place there (I sure did, though!).

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