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Miss World 1972

By Julio Rodríguez Matute


                1972 was a very tumultuous year due to numerous terrorist attacks that cost many innocent lives. One of the most prominent cases was the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes during the Olympics held in Munich, Germany, perpetrated by members of the Arab terrorist group “Black September”. Another massacre occurred at the Lod airport in Israel, when three Japanese men, recruited by a terrorist band from Lebanon, opened fire on innocent civilians, leaving 26 victims, including 17 Puerto Rican tourists and a candidate for the presidency of Israel. Bombs of the Irish separatist group “IRA” exploded both in Northern Ireland and in England. Two homemade bombs exploded at the Cerromar Beach hotel the night the Miss USA contest was held in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The authors were members of the socialist party and the extreme left of the island. The Vietnam War continues and aerial kidnappings by terrorists are still booming. East Pakistan becomes Bangladesh and Ceylon is now Sri Lanka. The United States returns the island of Okinawa to Japan after 27 years of military occupation. A night before Christmas Eve, an earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, leaving more than 10,000 people dead. Another earthquake in southern Iran leaves more than 5,000 dead. There is a genocide against the Hutu tribe in Burundi with more than 200,000 victims. A Uruguayan plane with a rugby team crashes in the Andes mountains. Out of 45 passengers on board, they rescued 16 of them 72 days later, who survived by practicing cannibalism among them. Richard Nixon is reelected president of the United States while Apollo 17 is the last human visit to the asteroid. In the Philippines, first lady Imelda Marcos is stabbed and seriously injured. In 1972, the first pocket calculator, the first video game, the Magnavox Odyssey and the famous Atari Pong game were released, which achieved great commercial success. Australia’s Kerry-Ann Wells is crowned Miss Universe in Dorado, Puerto Rico, an event that went outside the US and was first broadcast via satellite. The British Linda Hooks wins in Japan the crown of Miss International under the tutelage of Eric Morley and the theme “Après Toi” by Vicky Leandros gives victory to Luxembourg at the Eurovision Festival held in Edinburgh. The films “The Godfather” and “The Last Tango in Paris” are released, both with Marlon Brando, also “Cabaret” with Liza Minelli, and “The Adventure of Poseidon”. In the USA, the program “The Price is Right” starts on CBS with Bob Barker, who presented the program from its beginning on September 4, 1972 until June 2007, while in Spain the OTI Festival of the song was born, which was initially called the Ibero-American Song Grand Prix. That year, the Argentine model Valeria Mazza, Colombian actress Sofía Vergara, Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce and American actor and film director Ben Affleck are born, while former presidents Harry Truman (USA) and Raúl Leoni (VEN), the British navigator Francis Chichester (judge in Miss World 1969), bodybuilder Charles Atlas and Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente died, the latter in a plane crash when he was helping the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua.


              Julia Morley continued to lead the Miss World contest organization with her husband, Eric. She wanted to give another focus and meaning to the beauty contest to placate the wrath of feminists, who had asked for the suspension of the contest for several years. In the month of August, during her presence in the contest that elected the US representative to Miss World, Julia used the phrase “Beauty with a Purpose” that became the slogan of the contest from that moment. It should be noted that since the 50s, Eric Morley had already begun to donate the proceeds of the contest to charitable causes and this increased in the 60s when he joined forces with the Variety Club of Great Britain to contribute to children’s charities. In 1972, the Morleys had 68 national directors around the planet, who contributed in one way or another to strengthen the social work of the Morleys throughout the world.

Miss USA

                Botswana and Singapore debuted this year while Honduras returned after 4 years of absence. However, three countries (Gambia, Grenada and Uganda) gave up continuing to send delegates to the London event. 65 of the 68 franchised countries had shown interest in sending their representatives that year but Peru, as in previous years, did not designate any candidate and the competitions in Trinidad-Tobago and Guyana were canceled, in the latter due to the death of its successful national director. The Miss Italy organization lost the Miss World franchise in 1972. An agency that had taken the rights to send a representative to Miss Universe the previous year, obtained those from the Miss World that year. Initially they registered Antonella Barci, but for reasons that are unknown she was later replaced by Laura Romano. Among the 65 national beauty events that were held were the following:

                – Miss France.- Epernay’s “Palais des Fetes” hosted the “Miss France 1972” contest held on December 31, 1971. The winner, among 38 contestants, was Miss Paris, 17-year-old Chantal Bouvier de Lamotte . As Miss France Overseas was chosen Jeanne Burns of Tahiti and the finalists were Christine Schmidth of Arcachon, Claudine Cassereau de Poitou, Martine Scheffler of Alsace and Denise Kerfast of Brittany. Months after being crowned, Chantal abdicated after suffering serious injuries caused by a fall from a horse. The title went to the second runner-up, Miss Poitou, Claudine Cassereau. There is no information as to why Miss Arcachon was not selected, who had originally been the first runner-up.

                – Miss Portugal.- It was held on March 19 at the Estoril Casino and had 20 candidates. The winner was Iris Maria do Rosario from Mozambique, who attended Miss Universe. The finalists were Anita Marques from the city of Nampula, also Mozambican (to Miss World) and Gilda Abreu from Madeira (to Miss International).

                – National Beauty Contest (Dominican Republic).- This year the union of Manuel Ramírez de la Mota and Ramón Darío Cruz was dissolved. Ramírez de la Mota made his “Dominican Beauty Contest” with 17 candidates on Saturday April 29 at the Hotel El Embajador, selecting Ivonne Butler as Miss Dominican Republic for Miss Universe and Miss World. As Queen of Sugar was chosen Mariana Binnet Mieses, and as Queen of Coffee, Consuelo Kury. This contest was attended by Karen Brucene Smith, Miss World-USA 1971 whom they presented as Miss World. Meanwhile, Cruz held the “National Beauty Contest” with 30 candidates, on Saturday May 27 at the same hotel and where three queens were crowned: Miss Dominican Republic (Teresa Medrano Vargas), National Queen of Tourism (Eunice Durán Tapia) and Reina del Merengue (Mercedes González Borrel). The event was attended by Miss Universe Venezuela 1971, Jeannette Donzella, who was a judge. In the end, who went to Miss World was the queen chosen by Ramón Darío Cruz and not the Miss Dominican Republic chosen by Ramírez de la Mota.

                – Miss Honduras.- On Saturday June 17, in Tegucigalpa, the “Miss Honduras 1972” contest was held, resulting in the election of Doris Roca Pagán from San Pedro Sula, who went to Miss Universe. This year, the organizer Norma de Funes took the Miss World franchise, sending the first runner-up, Doris Van Tuyl from La Lima, to London, who by the way was the sister of Miss Honduras 1970, Francis Van Tuyl. The second runner-up, Flavia Ramírez from Tegucigalpa, was sent to Miss Tourism of Central America and the Caribbean.

                – Miss Brazil.- It was the last Miss Brazil held at the Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, June 24, 1972. It was won by Rejane Vieira da Costa who went to Miss Universe. The first runner-up, Miss Sao Paulo, Angela Maria Favi, went to Miss World. The event was attended by Lúcia Petterle, Miss World 1971. 26 candidates participated.

Miss Venezuela

                – Miss Venezuela.- On Wednesday, July 12, the election of “Miss Venezuela 1972” was held at the Paris Theater (now La Campiña Theater), an event that was broadcast since that year through Venevision and with the animation of actor Jorge Félix and the former Miss Argentina Liana Cortijo. The winner was Miss Nueva Esparta, María Antonieta Cámpoli, only 16 years old, who had her passport changed so she could be accepted into the Miss Universe. Amalia Heller (Miss Sucre), 21, was chosen for Miss World. The remaining finalists were Marilyn Plessman (Miss Guarico, to Miss International 1972), Nancy Kranwinkel (Miss Amazonas to Miss Young International 1973) and Marydee Sierraalta (Miss Falcon). 16 candidates

                – Miss United Kingdom: It was held on Friday, August 18 in Blackpool with 46 candidates. The winner was Jenny McAdam of Liverpool, who had previously been elected Miss England 1972, 4th runner-up of Miss Europe and Miss Universe and who had already been a finalist in the Miss United Kingdom in 1969. The finalists were Elaine Farnworth from Bury, and Julie Marcus from Bristol.

Bob Hope congratulates Lynda Carter who was crowned Miss World USA 1972

                – Miss World USA.- Miss Arizona, Lynda Jean Carter, won the “Miss World-USA 1972” crown on Friday, September 1 at the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Newport News, Virginia, an event presented by Bob Hope. The finalists were Miss Texas, Jackie Behrendt; Miss Oklahoma, Rita Jo Fitzgerald; Miss Florida, Sandra Leland; and Miss Georgia, Melanie Ann Chapman. The event, which had 45 contestants, attended by Julia Morley as a special guest, who witnessed when little 7-year-old Karen Shores took the stage to ask for funds for the fight against paralyzing lung disease, so Julia donated a check for one thousand pounds sterling for the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. Precisely and from that moment, Julia Morley decided to adopt the slogan of “Beauty with a Purpose” that has been the reason for the contest since 1972.

                – Quest of Quests.- On Sunday, September 17, the “Quest of Quests 1972” was held at the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney with 21 candidates. As Australian’s Dream Girl was chosen Susan Mainwaring, who went to Miss Universe and as the representative of Australia to Miss World was Belinda Green, who represented Hobart, Tasmania although she worked in Melbourne at that time. The other finalists were Paula Whitehead (to Miss International), Deborah Seccombe (to Miss Asia) and Jennifer Connors (to Miss Young International). Miss World 1968, the Australian Penny Plummer, was a judge, and Miss Universe 1972, Kerry-Ann Wells gave the prizes.

                – Bharat Sundari.- The “Bharat Sundari 1972” contest was held on October 21 at the Ashoka hotel in New Delhi. This event was held annually to choose a Miss India for Miss World. The winner was Malathi Basappa, 21 years old and 5 feet 7 inches tall, from Bangalore, who worked as a teacher for children with mental problems at the Sophia school in her city. The finalists were Vani Ganapathi and Firoza Cooper. 15 candidates participated.

                – Miss Guam World.- The first “Miss Guam World” contest was held at the Hilton Hotel in Agana on Sunday, October 22. The winner was Marylou Pangelinan. The finalists were Ji Ann Shimizu and Darlene Sgambelluri.

                – Miss Ecuador.- The second annual Miss Ecuador contest was held on October 27, 1972 at the Ecuavisa studios in Guayaquil. There were 14 candidates for the national title. That night was crowned “Miss Ecuador 1972” Miss Patricia Ximena Falconi Orozco of Quito, who went to Miss World. The finalists were Rosa Julia Zea and María Elena Fallu. This was the last year that two Miss Ecuador contests were held.

                – Miss Spain.- The “Miss Spain 1972” final was held on Sunday, October 29 in Benidorm with 14 candidates. The winner was “Miss Western Andalusia”, the Sevillian Rocio Martin Madrigal. “Miss Atlantico”, Mercedes Salazar Velasco and “Miss Costa del Sol”, Remedios Díaz Paláez, were the runner-ups.

                – Miss Argentina.- The final grand gala was held on the night of November 2 at Channel 13 studios and was conducted by Nelly Raymond. The title of “Miss Argentina 1972 for Miss World” went to Olga Edith Cognini Ferrer, “Miss Santa Fe”, brunette with green eyes, 23 years, 5 feet 7 inches tall and with measurements 35-24-35. Olga had already won the title of National Queen of Tourism in 1969, 1st Princess in the Costa del Plata and 3rd Princess in Miss Argentina 1971. Born in San Gregorio, Santa Fe, Olga worked as a flight attendant for the Austral airline. The finalists were Marta Elena López Botazzi, Raquel Rabuñal, Vana Nissen and Susana Gilart.

                – Miss Commomwealth Bahamas.- The contest was initially scheduled to be held in August, then postponed to September and ended up being held on Friday, November 17. The winner, among 15 candidates, was only 16-year-old Hedda Cleare, who traveled to London via Luxembourg on Monday the 20th. The finalists were Jenna Marie Sandy Gray, Esterletta Adderly, Deborah Louise Isaacs and Cecile Anne Isaacs. It is ignored how they let Hedda compete in Miss World because it was never mentioned that she had been disqualified despite her young age.


                The 22nd edition of the Miss World pageant was delayed a little this time. It was held from November 22 to December 1, being the first time in history that the final was held in the last month of the year and, as always, in the city of London. However, in conversations held in August, it was planned that the next year’s edition would be held aboard the “Queen Elizabeth II” cruise ship, which began operating in 1969. The event would take place during its November 1973 Caribbean cruise, but this did not happen. Eric and Julia Morley decided to change the crown in 1972, as the golden tiara was not much appreciated by the queens and the London critics, so they made a bidding. It was the British Steel Corporation that won the rights to manufacture the new crown and was unveiled to the media on Sunday, November 12 at the Lyceum Ballroom being worn by Miss United Kingdom, Jenny McAdam. The crown was made of stainless steel, weighed 15 pounds and was valued at £ 1500 (see photos in photo gallery). The corporation also designed the layer also made of the same material and that included rising stars and moons. But the crown and robe were so heavy and so uncomfortable that in the end the Morleys discarded them. Another change that the contest had this year was the increase of the prize to the winner and the runner-ups. Now Miss World would receive £ 3,000 as a prize. The other four finalists would receive 1,000, 500, 250 and 150 pounds respectively, while the sixth and seventh place winners would win £ 100. For the rest of the 15 semifinalists there would also be a prize. All would receive £ 50 for the fact of reaching the semifinals. On the other hand, the contest had new sponsors, including Coca-Cola, Nestle and Max Factor (see photo of the program book).


               On October 31, it was reported that, due to the terrorist attacks against the Israeli delegation during the Olympics in Munich, that country’s candidate in Miss World would have high security measures that included two armed bodyguards. The first candidate to arrive in London was Miss Gibraltar on Monday, November 13. The next day Miss Philippines arrived and on the 15th, Miss Australia. On November 19 Miss Jamaica departed for London. Before leaving she said about her possibilities: “I have not thought of winning … no, seriously … I have not thought of that. I will just enjoy and have a good time.” But, she added, “of course I would be happy if I won, but if not … well … it won’t be my fault.” On Sunday the 19th, Miss Mauritius arrived and on the 20th, Miss Guam. On Tuesday, November 21, Miss India, Miss Mexico and Miss Israel arrived. By the way, when El Al’s plane landed in Heathrow and Miss Israel descended, she was received by two police inspectors, two sergeants, three sheriffs, eight guards dressed in civilian clothes, an airport security chief and, of course, a Mecca Promotions representative. By November 17, the day the official list of contestants was sent to the printing press, 57 candidates had been confirmed, from whom their flight itineraries had been received, with five more pending for a total of 62. Two participants dropped out because their directors did not obtain the necessary funds to send them to London. They were Miss NIGERIA (Victoria Bamidele) and Miss TUNISIA (Selma Feki). On the other hand, a third participant, Miss LEBANON (Odette Naim) was not sent for fear of terrorist reprisals, so this year there was no Arab representation in the contest. In those previous days, the Daily Mirror newspaper organized another contest in which readers had to choose the best photographs of Miss United Kingdom and give the reasons why those photos were their favorite, four pairs of winners would be chosen who would take tickets to the final, they would be taken to the Albert Hall in limousine, they would stay in a five-star hotel and have lunch with the new Miss World.

                Wednesday, November 22, was the official arrival day, when most of the contestants arrived. At night a photo session was held with Julia Morley and a group of misses dressed as gangsters for the Daily Mirror newspaper. The candidates who posed as criminals were Miss South Africa, Miss Australia, Miss Philippines, Miss USA, Miss Yugoslavia and Miss Jamaica. On Thursday 23, while beauties from around the world continued to arrive, the participants who were already in British lands made a tour to the nearby city of Greenwich where they visited the famous ship Cutty Sark, the famous historic sailboat and the fastest of its time. At night, a group of 26 candidates posed for the Daily Mirror, all with blonde wigs, to confirm the saying that the gentlemen preferred them blonde. They were the representatives of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Canada, Finland, Australia, Paraguay, Hong Kong, Portugal, Aruba, Singapore, Mexico, Gibraltar, Thailand, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Philippines, USA, Yugoslavia, Guam, Japan and Malaysia. The wigs were courtesy of the stylist Carmen and the swimsuits by Nelbardien.

                The organizers of the Miss World contest had imposed the strictest security in its 21-year history due to a thin blonde schoolgirl from Israel. As a matter of policy, they didn’t like to talk about the Munich Olympics. But the specter of the Munich massacre was present. “We have never had anything before like this,” said a Mecca Promotions spokesman. Miss Israel, like the other 52 contestants, had a chaperone, but unlike the others, she also has a pair of bodyguards. Her room at the Britannia Hotel in Grosvenor Square was changed almost daily and a guard was always sitting outside. Flowers, food and mail were examined before being delivered and all her phone calls were intervened. Although advertising is the soul of beauty pageants, Mecca refused to admit any journalist who had not registered in advance and did not have a special press card with his photograph.





               On Friday, November 24, the traditional luncheon offered by the Variety Club of Great Britain was held. This time it was held at the Dorchester hotel in Park Lane and attended by 49 participants who had so far arrived in London. The candidates, who arrived dressed in their national costumes and carrying the gifts that would be auctioned in favor of children’s charities, were received by actor Stanley Baker. Venezuelan Amalia Heller had taken two national costumes to London. At the Variety Club luncheon she wore a guajira costume and saved the traditional liqui-liqui for the finals. In this presentation Miss Sweden highlighted, who wore a dress with a flag of her country in her ‘derriere’. Later that same day, three more contestants arrived a little late and were not present at the Variety Club event: Miss Brazil, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Spain. By the way, initially Miss Spain 1971, María del Carmen Muñoz Castañón, was registered in Miss World, who appeared on the contest program book, but declined and did not travel, being replaced at the last minute by the brand new Miss Spain of 1972 , María del Rocío Martín Madrigal.

                On Saturday 25, the contestants went shopping and in the afternoon they took the usual tour of the city of London. Among other places, they posed for photos in the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral. They also had the traditional welcome dinner at a renowned London hotel. That Saturday three more candidates were removed from the list of participants who were initially confirmed and appeared in the contest program book. Miss CYPRUS (Maria Koutrouza) was ill and could not travel, while Miss NICARAGUA (Connie Anne Ballantyne Sequeira) and Miss URUGUAY (Christina Moller) canceled their trip for unknown reasons. On Sunday 26 the press presentation was held at the premises of the Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square and where 52 of the contestants posed for the media in their swimsuits in the usual group photo and also individually. The beauties that posed for graphic reporters were:

                Miss AFRICA SOUTH (Cynthia Shange), Miss ARGENTINA (Olga Edith Cognini Ferrer), Miss ARUBA (Sandra Werleman), Miss AUSTRALIA (Belinda Lynette Roma Green), Miss AUSTRIA (Ursula “Uschi” Pacher), Miss BAHAMAS (Heather “Hedda “Cleare), Miss BELGIUM (Anne-Marie Roger), Miss BERMUDA (Helen Brown), Miss BOTSWANA (Agnes Motswere Letsebe), Miss BRAZIL (Ángela Maria Favi), Miss CANADA (Bonny Brady), Miss COSTA RICA (María Victoria” Vicki “Ross González), Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Teresa Evangelina Medrano Espaillat), Miss ECUADOR (Patricia Ximena Falconi Orozco), Miss FINLAND (Tuula Anneli Björkling), Miss FRANCE (Claudine Cassereau), Miss GERMANY (Heidemarie Renate Weber), Miss GIBRALTAR (Rosemarie Vivian Catania), Miss GREECE (Heleni Lykissa), Miss GUAM (Maria Louise “MaryLou” Pangelinan), Miss HOLLAND (Monique Borgeld), Miss HONG KONG (Mei-Lin Gay), Miss INDIA (Malathi Basappa), Miss ICELAND (Rosa Helgadóttir), Miss IRELAND (Pauline Theresa Fitzsimons), Miss ISRAEL (Hanna Urdan), Miss ITALY (Laura Romano), Miss JAMAICA (Gail Geraldeen Phillips), Miss JAPAN (Akiko Kajitani), Miss LIBERIA (Cecelia Armena King), Miss MALAYSIA (Janet Mok Swee Chin), Miss MALTA (Jane Attard), Miss MAURITIUS (Marie Ange Bestel), Miss MEXICO (Gloria Guadalupe Gutiérrez López), Miss NEW ZEALAND (Kristine Dayle Allan), Miss NORWAY (Ingeborg Marie Sorensen), Miss PARAGUAY (Rosa Angelica Mussi), Miss PHILIPPINES (Evangeline Rosales Reyes), Miss PORTUGAL (Ana Maria Helena “Anita” Castro Marques), Miss PUERTO RICO (Ana Nisi Goyco), Miss SEYCHELLES (Jane Edna Stravens), Miss SINGAPORE (Rosalind Lee Eng Neo), Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Stephanie Elizabeth Reinecke), Miss SPAIN (Maria del Rocío Martín Madrigal), Miss SWEDEN (Rita Rudolfsson Bengtsson), Miss SWITZERLAND (Astrid Vollenweider), Miss THAILAND (Jintana Jitsophon), Miss TURKEY (Feyzal Kibarer), Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Jennifer Mary “Jenny” McAdam), Miss UNITED STATES (Lynda Jean Carter), Miss VENEZUELA (Amalia del Carmen Heller Gómez ) and Miss YUGOSLAVIA (Biljana Ristic). This year the representatives of Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom had previously participated in the Miss Universe. Of these, the British, representing England, managed to be 4th runner-up, while Miss Germany and Miss Belgium had been semifinalists; the Belgian had also taken the title of Miss Photogenic. The Englishwoman had also obtained fifth place in Miss Europe 1972, where the candidates from Austria, Belgium and France also participated. In the European competition, the Austrian candidate had been the third runner-up. The candidates from Norway, Sweden, Honduras and Canada participated in the Miss International editions of 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 respectively. That day the official photographs were also taken and they would be shown in the final broadcast. The highest contestants were Miss Italy, Miss Holland and Miss USA with 5 feet 10 inches. The shortest, Miss Canada and Miss Guam with 5 feet 4 inches.

Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Norway, Finland and Venezuela


               Saturday November 25 was the deadline for the contestants to arrive, as the Morleys were not willing to accept that some candidates were late as in previous years. However, due to the London fog, Miss HONDURAS (Doris Janeth Van Tuyl) flight was canceled and she could only arrive on Sunday 26 when the presentation to the press had already ended, but her participation was accepted. With her, there were 53 candidates for the Miss World 1972 crown. In this presentation, favorites began to emerge. One of them, Miss United Kingdom, model Jenny McAdam, faced members of women’s liberation for attacking beauty pageants. “I don’t think they should talk about it if they haven’t been in them”, she said. “Surely the liberated women don’t have to shout about it”. The two South Africans came from Durban, but said they met for the first time after winning their contests separately. “We are best friends,” said Miss South Africa. This year also included a divorced contestant, Miss Norway. “We decided to accept her because she was married only briefly, divorced a long time ago and has no children”, said Julia Morley, who said they had a rule against married contestants. For Miss Philippines, the contest was an opportunity to travel and advance her career as a model. “I had not been to Europe before and I thought it would be a good opportunity to travel, since I still depend on my mother. She came with me but misses the family,” said the Filipino beauty who had six brothers and sisters. The Spanish girl told the press in her country that her favorites were the candidates from Israel, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and Yugoslavia. Miss South Africa was a graduate journalist and Miss United States was an actress and singer; during dinner she was asked to sing for the rest of her fellow contestants. Other press favorites included Miss Israel, from Tel-Aviv and Miss Sweden, from Borlange. When asked about the strict security measures in her environment, Miss Israel laughed and said: “I know that security is there, but it doesn’t bother me.” Caught in this cape and sword operation was the current Miss Dominion of Canada, Bonny Brady, a 19-year-old student and daughter of a farmer in Perth, Ontario. She planned to become a nurse.

South Africa, Africa South, Australia, Israel, Guam & Philippines

               On Monday, November 27, the participants made a visit to the House of Lords and had lunch as was tradition in the House of Commons where they were received by the parliamentarian Sir Stephen McAdden. In the afternoon rehearsals began at the Royal Albert Hall and at night they attended the Des O’Connor show at the Palladium. Tuesday the 28th was dedicated exclusively to rehearsals. On Wednesday 29, Miss Greece, Helen Lykissa, 20, of Athens, had to abandon the rehearsal due to an upset stomach but a doctor who examined her said she was only overtired. She recovered the next day after getting enough rest. That day, a group of participants posed for the Daily Mirror in another anthology photo. This time they showed themselves as they were, with rolls on their heads, robes, pajamas, just as they had usually just got out of bed. They were the candidates from South Africa, Australia, Belgium, USA, Norway, Finland, Yugoslavia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Portugal, Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, the Philippines and Israel. On the night of Wednesday, November 29, the contestants attended a dinner at the Waldorf Hotel and were present at the delivery of a check that the Norwegian actress Julie Ege handed to a couple of bricklayers who won football bets for a considerable sum of pounds sterling. Together with Julie, the candidates from Finland, South Africa, Norway, Jamaica, Australia and the Philippines presented the award. The favorite that day of the Ladbrokes bookmaker was Miss Australia with 10-1 and in William Hill’s was Miss Sweden, with the same odds. Another important bookmaker, Joe Coral, had Miss United Kingdom first.


              On November 29 it was reported that the outgoing Miss World, the Brazilian Lúcia Petterle, would not arrive in London because of the fracture of her left arm after a fall while recording a television program two months earlier. Miss World said from her home in Rio de Janeiro that “the x-rays show that my fracture has not healed enough to remove the cast, and the doctor told me that the cold London weather would not be good for that,” said Petterle to the Brazilian press. Miss World officials criticized Miss Petterle, accusing her of not performing the expected functions of a Miss World. But Petterle denied signing any contract. She said she would have signed the contract and would have taken a year off from medical school if the conditions had been sufficient for the amount of work expected of her. “After winning the title, they treated me like a doll,” she said. “No matter how willing you are, you can’t smile 24 hours a day,” she said. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Mecca Promotions said she “spent 20 days here and then went home and didn’t come back.” “She has ignored the invitations to participate in this year’s contest.” “We have sent many messages asking her to return for the coronation, but she has not responded to any of them”, said the spokesman. “We could try to get a prominent person or a judge to take her place, but we were quite anxious that it was Miss Brazil.” There’s no problem with the crown itself, though. “It’s like the crown jewels,” the spokesman said. “The queen doesn’t keep it. It gets locked up for the 12 months in between”.

To identify each one see photo gallery


              “Look, but don’t touch,” was the usual rule at the Britannia, an elegant hotel in Grosvenor Square, where the beauties of Miss World stayed in their luxurious suites during the contest. This year, however, things were different. It was “don’t touch and don’t even look”. The 1972 contest, which was held on Friday, December 1, had been surrounded by strict security to protect the life of Miss Israel, from possible “terrorist attacks.” This year, Miss World had become something “more than a test,” said a spokesman for the promotional company that handles the publicity of the event. “The girls are guarded 24 hours a day and escorted by armed guards on their trips between the hotel and the Albert Hall where rehearsals are held during this week”. One day, the girls had to be congregated in the area around the elevators on the sealed off floor of the Britannia Hotel to be away from any windows after the hotel management got a call that a bomb (or bombs) might have been planted outside the hotel in Grosvenor Square. To calm anxieties, Miss USA grabbed her guitar from her room and serenaded them all with a lovely rendition of “Leaving On A Jet Plane.”


Real name: Regina Melgar de Gracia

                On Thursday the 30th, the contestants received a visit in the rehearsals by the judges, who for the first time talked to them to get to know them a little better before the finals. This was to avoid choosing a girl who really does not want to fulfill her commitments as Miss World and that harms the organization. That day, in addition, the Dress Rehearsal was made and the BBC recorded the national costumes, the musical opening number with the Johnny Greenland dancers and the presentation of the night’s comperes, Michael Aspel and Terry Wogan. At first it would be David Vine who would accompany Aspel, but he was replaced by Wogan at the last minute. That night Miss PANAMA (Regina Melgar de Gracia), a 19-year-old university student, appeared unexpectedly at the Royal Albert Hall and was received at the airport by members of the Panamanian consulate. But the organizers told her that they could not accept her because she arrived too late and they were in full Dress Rehearsal. And that if they accepted her, they would have to completely re-record the BBC program because an additional girl would change the entire order of the presentation. “She must have arrived on Saturday to qualify for the contest,” said Mrs. Morley. “Even if she had arrived on Monday we would have been able to accept her,” she added. “She didn’t even let us know she was coming,” said another Mecca spokesperson. Crying, the young Panamanian said that she had spent more than $ 1,400 in her wardrobe for the contest and added that “nobody had told me that the contest was this week”, leaving the theater, where the rehearsal continued. Candidates from five other countries also did not reach the deadline set by the Morleys. They were Miss COLOMBIA (Martha Lucía Cardozo Cruz), Miss KOREA (Kum-ok Jung), Miss LUXEMBOURG (Lydia Maes), Miss SRI LANKA (Damayanthi Gunewardena) and Miss DENMARK (Marianne Schmidt). During the Dress Rehearsal, Eric Morley handed each participant a case with a medallion and a gold chain as a souvenir of their participation in the contest. Miss Australia, Belinda Green, was crowned as Miss World at the Dress Rehearsal. At the time of the coronation, in the rehearsal, the golden crown was dropped and it was shattered. Eric Morley almost had a heart attack and had to seek urgently the crown that was used to crown Miss United Kingdom, the famous blue crown that, interestingly, is the same one that is currently used.

South Africa, Australia, Belgium, USA, Norway and Finland


                This is how the bets finished at the Ladbrokes betting house before the end of the Miss World 1972: With 10-1 Miss United Kingdom, with 12-1 Miss Australia and with 14-1 Miss Finland and Miss Sweden. Then came Miss Venezuela with 16-1. With odds of 20-1 were Miss France, Miss Germany, Miss Guam, Miss Israel and Miss South Africa. With 22-1, Miss Brazil and Miss Portugal and with 25-1, Miss Canada, Miss Japan, Miss Norway, Miss Philippines and Miss USA. With 33-1 were Miss Argentina, Miss Belgium, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss New Zealand and Miss Yugoslavia. And with 40-1 Miss Austria, Miss Bahamas, Miss Ireland, Miss Jamaica, Miss Mauritius, Miss Mexico, Miss Spain and Miss Switzerland. The odds of the rest of the contestants were not published, but they were between 50 and 200-1.


                The Spanish-speaking candidates in the Miss World contest felt ignored by the press and many even wept over the rudeness of some journalists. One of the contestants who cried was Miss Spain. She said that the day after her arrival she was in tears because she felt that the British press did not take her into account and that she was about to withdraw from the contest because she thought the event was rigged. Furthermore, her photograph was never published in any medium. The leader of the group of Latinas who felt ignored by the British press was Miss Mexico, who, very respectfully, addressed a letter to the Morleys signed by all Latinas, with the exception of Miss Venezuela, where she stated that if the press continue the bad treatmen to them, all the Latinas girls would withdraw from the contest. The press, apparently, only had eyes for Miss Israel and Miss United States, due to the conflicts that both countries were experiencing at that time. Organizers said they would take action on the matter to prevent the mass withdrawal of Latino beauties and so that no one could find out about this delicate situation.


                An iron curtain of security surrounds the beauties competing that night in London for the title of Miss World. The 53 girls vying for what is claimed to be the richest crown in the beauty business were presented briefly to photographers and newsmen last Sunday, then whisked away. In previous years, the Miss World contestants could be seen going around London taking in the sights. They were readily available for interviews at their hotel and almost anyone could walk in and ask to meet them. This year Mecca Limited, the organizers, allowed only one day for interviews. Each reporter was closely scrutinized and issued a special pass bearing his or her photograph. “It was much too casual in the past,” a Mecca spokesman said. “I think it would be tempting fate to go on as we did. The beauty contest makes a splendid platform for any lunatic group to put its message across.” The most obvious target for attack was Miss Israel. Neither the Israeli embassy nor Scotland Yard would comment on security arrangements for the green-eyed blonde, but a police spokesman said all the girls were being carefully guarded. Two years ago members of a women’s liberation group hid inside the Royal Albert Hall, site of the contest, and launched a fusillade of flour bombs when Bob Hope appeared on the show. “I suppose that most people think that Women’s Lib supporters are pretty harmless,” the Scotland Yard spokesman said. “But if they can throw flour bombs, someone could also throw hand grenades.” In the same year that ‘Women’s Lib’ interrupted the contest, another group detonated a bomb under one of the television trucks. The truck was damaged, but no one was injured. Police blamed a terrorist group called “Angry Brigade.” This year, the Scotland Yard banned the demonstrations.



               Early on the morning of Friday, December 1, the contestants visited in groups the beauty salon of André Bernard to be ready for the final of that night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. At 8 o’clock at night the overture of Phil Tate and his orchestra began, followed by the National Anthem of the United Kingdom and the introduction of the director of the contest, Eric Morley. Then Morley presented the first parade of the 53 candidates in alphabetical order. This year there was a variation and the first presentation was made in evening gowns and in which the girls wore numbers on their wrists as before. The girls did not pose in groups but individually and from there they returned to dressing rooms to put on their swimsuits. At the conclusion of the presentation in evening dress, the participants paraded individually in bathing suits, in which several did it barefoot. At the end of this parade, the girls returned to the stage and posed in groups of six contestants to the judges. Miss France was wrong turning on the opposite side and was reprimanded by Eric Morley on stage (see video). After this there was a 15-minute intermission to tabulate the votes and select the semifinalists, while the audience was entertained by Phil Tate and his orchestra. At 9:25 p.m. the broadcast of the contest began on BBC-1 for 65 uninterrupted minutes, beginning with the prerecorded opening with Johnny Greenland’s dancers, the voices of the Mike Sammes Singers and the presentation of the 53 entrants in their national costumes. After the prerecorded video the live broadcast began from the Albert Hall with the compere, Michael Aspel who prepared to introduce the judges. They were:

1- Peter Sellers, renowned British actor.

2- The editor of the British Vogue magazine, Beatrix Miller.

3- The Ambassador of Thailand in the UK, Dr. Konthi Suphamongkhon.

4- Austrian Eva Rueber-Staier, Miss World 1969.

5- Peter Dimmock, BBC general manager of outside broadcasts and Chairman of the Judges.

6- Dame Alicia Markova, famous Biritsh Prima Ballerina.

7- David Hemery, British athlete gold medal winner at the 1968 Olympics.

8- The wife of Henry Van Hien Sekyi, High Commissioner of Ghana in UK, Mrs. Maria Joyce Tachie-Menson.

9- The British fashion photographer David Bailey.

                It should be noted that this year the transmission was not live but with 5 minutes in deferred, because the BBC did not want to risk any trouble as happened in 1970. After introducing the judges, Aspel called the 15 semifinalists, who paraded individually in their evening gowns, while Terry Wogan offered personal data of each of them. They were: Miss AUSTRALIA (Belinda Lynette Roma Green, 20, of North Carlton, Victoria); Miss AUSTRIA (Ursula “Uschi” Pacher, 21, of Klagenfurt); Miss FINLAND (20-year-old Tuula Anneli Björkling from Helsinki); Miss GUAM (Maria Louise “MaryLou” Pangelinan, 17, of Piti); Miss INDIA (Malathi Basappa, 21, from Bangalore); Miss ISRAEL (Hanna Urdan, 17, of Tel-Aviv); Miss MEXICO (Gloria Guadalupe Gutiérrez López, 20, from Mexico City); Miss NORWAY (24-year-old Ingeborg Marie Sorensen, from Oslo); Miss PHILIPPINES (Evangeline Rosales Reyes, 19, of Lipa City); Miss SEYCHELLES (Jane Edna Stravens, 17, of Mahé); Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Stephanie Elizabeth Reinecke, 19, of Durban); Miss THAILAND (Jintana Jitsophon, 19, of Thonburi, Bangkok); Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Jennifer Mary “Jenny” McAdam, 24, from Maghull); Miss UNITED STATES (Lynda Jean Carter, 21, from Tempe, Arizona) and Miss YUGOSLAVIA (Biljana Ristic, 22, from Belgrade).

Isobel Hurll

               Then, Terry Wogan proceeded to present the semifinalists in their swimsuit parade with comments from Michael Aspel. After the individual parade in swimsuits of the 15 semifinalists, the girls posed in groups and turned in front of the judges, who chose the last seven finalists. Michael Aspel called one by one the seven lucky ones and was interviewing them as he was naming them. The 7 finalists were: Miss AUSTRALIA, Miss AUSTRIA, Miss FINLAND, Miss INDIA, Miss ISRAEL, Miss NORWAY and Miss UNITED KINGDOM. The ‘cabaret’ of the night was in charge of Johnny Greenland’s dancers with actress Isobel Hurll, who delighted the audience with a wonderful choreography.


               Michael Aspel called on stage Mr. James Carreras of the Variety Club for the awards ceremony (Alan B. Fairley retired that year from Mecca) and Eric Morley to announce the result in reverse order. Meanwhile, the seven finalists looked forward to the judge’s verdict in the backstage. The final result was the following:

                Fifth, Miss INDIA, Malathi Basappa; in the fourth position, Miss AUSTRIA, Uschi Pacher; Third, Miss ISRAEL, Hanna Urdan. In second place and runner-up of Miss World, Miss NORWAY, Ingeborg Marie Sorensen. All of them received crowns behind the scenes and their silver trophies were delivered by Carreras in the proscenium. They won as a prize checks for 150, 250, 500 and 1,000 pounds respectively. Behind the scenes, three of the crown favorites were waiting: Miss AUSTRALIA, Miss UNITED KINGDOM and Miss FINLAND.

                Then Eric Morley announced as the new MISS WORLD 1972 to … Miss AUSTRALIA! Belinda Lynette Roma Green, an extroverted blonde with blue eyes, 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 116 pounds and measurements 34-24-34, received her sash behind the scenes and went out to sit on her throne while a couple of pages placed the robe and Julia Morley placed the crown on her temples. As previously mentioned, the diadem was the famous blue crown that in those years was used to crown Miss United Kingdom. After this, a page replaced the silver trophy that James Carreras had given to the brand new queen with the golden scepter. Belinda, who received as a prize a check for £ 3,000 and the opportunity to generate 50 thousand pounds more for advertising and personal presentations during her year of reign, was a photographic model who wanted to be successful in her career and who liked painting and the water sky. She took her crowning walk as Miss World to the beat of the march of Miss World performed by the Phil Tate orchestra. “I didn’t think I was going to win,” she said after being crowned. A cheerful wink, a big smile and a friendly gesture distinguished the new Miss World from the winners of beauty pageants, who often cry.

                After the usual photos, the contestants and the winners went to the Lyceum Ballroom where the usual Coronation Ball was held and where Eric Morley presented the prizes corresponding to the sixth and seventh place winners, the representatives of the United Kingdom and Finland, who each received a silver trophy and a check for 100 pounds sterling. He also gave checks for 50 pounds to each of the remaining semifinalists and also the winner’s big check. Years later, Miss Mexico confessed she never received that prize although she was one of the semifinalists. In the same event Morley handed a check for £ 300,000 to the Variety Club to be delivered to charity. The new Miss World danced throughout the night at the Coronation Ball and got up early to face the sponsors and photographers. “I spent most of the night on the phone with Australia,” she said. Her mother Gwendolyn lived in Nelson Bay, New South Wales and could not believe that her daughter had succeeded. “My mother was still crying and we could barely talk to each other. My grandmother was crying and I couldn’t get anything from her for three minutes,” said the brand new beauty queen.

                The Australian Belinda Green, who became the second Australian to obtain the title of Miss World (the first was Penny Plummer in 1968), was the first Miss World winner to have been also crowned during the Dress Rehearsal. She began her reign as Miss World 1972 on Saturday December 2 trying to find out where in London she could buy 52 boomerangs, one for each of the contestants she defeated. The security men equipped with walkie talkies patrolled the room by checking the identification cards with photographs and badges issued to all those related to the contest, which was the objective of the women’s liberation demonstrations in recent years. But both Mecca Promotions Ltd. and Scotland Yard reported no incidents. Behind the scenes, the winner, a qualified accountant, said she didn’t know what she would do with her £ 3,000 prize. “First of all, I have to buy boomerangs for all my fellow contestants since they all asked me for one,” she said. “But I don’t know where I can buy them here.” Of her triumph she said that it was “the culmination of all my dreams, but one that I never expected for a moment.” That morning she received the press while she had breakfast. Reporters were told that she liked to cook, so she went into the kitchen of the Britannia hotel to show her talent. Later she went shopping.

                On Sunday the 3rd, the four winning couples of the Daily Mirror had lunch with Miss World 1972 in the penthouse of a West End hotel. The winners were Kenneth Hitchcock and his wife from Leicester, John Bartram and his lady from Stockingford, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hopgood from Newport and Jack Palace and his wife from Hounslow. The winners were hosted at the Strand Palace hotel, attended the contest and watched the event from a special Albert Hall box before going to the Crowning Ball in the Lyceum Ballroom. The next day they attended the Des O’Connor Show at the Palladium in London and had dinner at a restaurant in Soho, culminating with lunch with the brand new beauty queen.

               Approximately 23,750,000 viewers watched the “Miss World 1972” program through the BBC-1 screens, becoming one of the most watched programs on British TV. The contest was also broadcast to parts of Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. On December 8 Belinda Green had to travel to the US to join the USO Tour with Bob Hope but could not board the plane because she did not have an American visa. After processing it she was able to travel to American soil and from there she traveled with Hope, Miss Norway and a group of artists and beauty queens to the island of Shemya in the Aleutians, Alaska and from there to Japan, Korea, Thailand, the island of Diego Garcia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Vietnam and Guam, before returning to Los Angeles on December 30. Bob Hope said that would be the last USO Tour trip and he hoped the Vietnam War would end before his group arrived in that country. Hope began the Christmas tours in 1950. Belinda successfully fulfilled her reign as Miss World and traveled the entire world. The following year she crowned her successor in London.


                Mecca Promotions, organizer of Miss World, was investigating allegations that one of this year’s competitors, Miss Hong Kong (24-year-old Mei-Lin Gay), had undergone a sex change operation. A London newspaper reported on Sunday, December 10, 1972, a man who did not want to be identified said that ‘she’ had been registered as a boy at birth. According to the man, during adolescence, the boy took several medical treatments that included female hormones and then “she” began working as a model. It was also discovered that she did not live in Kowloon as she had said but resided in London, where she worked in a massage parlor. The story also mentioned Mr. Neil Toland, manager of a British modeling agency, who said that in Mei-Lin’s original birth certificate she appeared as a boy, but was later changed to appear as a “girl”. He said he began to suspect when he and other models who worked with her noticed that her behavior was not very feminine. Julia Morley promised the newspaper “The News of the World” to investigate this case deeply. However, the result of this research was never known, but if it was true, she was the first transsexual to have participated in one of the two major beauty pageants on the planet. The second was the Spanish Angela Ponce in Miss Universe 2018.


                Belinda Lynette Roma Green was born in Sydney, Australia, on May 4, 1952. As a child she lived with her mother Gwendolyn Green in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. At age seven she was separated from the father who adored her. She had one brother, Ronald, and two sisters, Julie and Jenny. She lost her father at the age of 13. She grew up longing for the affection she lacked as a child, but with many reasons to distrust men’s motives. Known by her family as ‘Linnie’, she was a pretty tomboy who brought home stray dogs and cats. She graduated as an accountant but dedicated herself to photographic modeling. Later she worked as a model in Melbourne where she met the artist Daryl Brown, 22, with whom she began a short courtship and in 1970 she lived for a time in Hobart, Tasmania, where in February 1971 she won the Miss Australia Beach Girl contest. The following year she entered the regional contest for the “Quest of Quests”, an event that also she won. After winning the Miss Australia World title on September 17, 1972, she moved to North Carlton, Victoria. She confessed that she had entered the contest only for the trip to London. During Miss World, she felt she had no chance of winning. Although the bookmakers gave her as a favorite, they never won, so she went relaxed being herself and very natural. Surprisingly for her, Belinda won the crown of Miss World, the second for Australia on Friday, December 1 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Her triumph came after Australia won the title of Miss Universe, the Miss Asia Pacific crown and succeeded as the first runner-up in Miss International in the same year. She went to Vietnam with Bob Hope on the USO Tour. She traveled throughout the world as Miss World, was received with honors in her country and relinquished her crown in November 1973 in London. Then she returned to Sydney where she worked as a model and was preparing to become a public relations consultant. In 1975 she attended as a guest the 25th anniversary of the Miss World contest in London.

                When she returned to Sydney to try to make a normal life, she was really shocked by the rush of men to exhibit her as a “trophy.” “None of them wanted to meet me, they just wanted to sleep with me, so I started walking with many gay boys. But then John Singleton appeared, and it was very, very different.” When Singleton began organizing his evening program for Channel 10 in 1979, he urged the station with the help of his friends to hire Belinda as a personality. But her appearances were short-lived, and Singleton was fired after seven weeks due to his involvement in an assault case in Adelaide. During her first year on 2KY radio, in 1981, Belinda was again in sight. In many ways, she was the perfect midpoint. Famous and glamorous, however, she loved the things John did: football, horses and party nights without stopping. By July 1981 they had engaged. A few months after living together, they made plans for Belinda to get pregnant and her first daughter, Jessie, was conceived in November. Green says they went through “a spiritual engagement ceremony” while they waited for Singleton’s divorce from his second wife Maggi and then married after the arrival of Jessie, who was born on August 30, 1982. Her second daughter, Sally, was born on October 19, 1984. Her move to Princes Farm in Hawkesbury seemed for a time to be a practical test of Singleton’s commitment to keep his family together and raise his daughters in a rustic and healthy environment. What went wrong? Singleton received a 2KY hit in April 1985, cutting off most of the cash flow that maintained his lifestyle while struggling to keep Princes Farm afloat. However, even before his money problems, he was finding his lifestyle a bit boring. And there was a more depressing truth he had to face: his third marriage threatened to crumble. Belinda dates many of her problems at the time that Singleton bought the champion stallion Strawberry horse, when he launched himself wholeheartedly to the racing scene. “He spent a lot of time with his classmates and also traveled abroad. I was pregnant with Sal and I got pneumonia during pregnancy. We were building a house and renovating the farm and all that. I was pushing too hard and John didn’t care. He doesn’t have much time in his life for people who are sick. You are in the fun wagon or not. I guess I didn’t have much time to be in the fun wagon, and he just got bored”.

                Nor was any illusion made about her husband’s continued search for relationships with other women. Belinda seems to have treated her privacy as a despicable weakness rather than an affront. Still, they had some memorable ranks and, like Maggi, her husband’s ex-wife, it was rumored that Belinda had suffered physical violence at Singleton’s hands. But she could not have given a more comprehensive or sincere denial, insisting: “Never, never, never! … The man never raised a hand or tried to hit me in any way. And I am happy to confess that I provoked him until handle”. In July 1986, gossip columnist Dorian Wild broke the news that Belinda had “shown the door” to Singleton, who was sent from Princes Farm to live in a city hotel. “We’ve had an argument. It’s as simple as that,” Singleton said. “I don’t know if it’s just the container of sin or the suspension for life. I hope it’s not too long …” Belinda, in fact, yielded and returned to live with Singleton in a rented house near her office in Hunters Hill. Meanwhile, his agency’s business was growing so fast that he could even blame work pressures for his marital problems. “Many people in the industry think that advertising and marriage are strange partners,” he joked. Belinda, however, had no illusions about the main source of her marital difficulties: “He drank too much and was a womanizer,” she summarizes succinctly. The following year, during their campaign for the re-election of the Hawke government, the couple separated again. In late 1987, he joked with the press saying “Belinda wants a divorce for Christmas, but I wasn’t planning to spend so much.” Although they continued to live separately, they were photographed frequently in each other’s company during the following year: “We are simply partners, that’s all”, he told Wild in May 1988. “The fact is that I am a good friend but a Lousy husband and Belinda recognizes it”. In 1989, Belinda was employed as a radio commentator for two months; She worked as a columnist for New Idea magazine writing a biweekly column about beauty; She appeared regularly on the Midday Show broadcast on a commercial television network; appeared in television commercials for vitamins and a land sale project; she had occasional commitments as conference invitations; and she hosted a regional television program for a year in 1992. Later, Belinda met Neville James Browne in May 1993, in November they began to live together and on December 18 of that same year they got married. They separated on January 1, 1997 and had no children.

                Belinda was a judge of the Miss World Australia 2004 contest and crowned the new Australian queen; The following year she was honored in that same contest. The move to the countryside with her new husband Steve Mason, whom she married in 2012, was the fulfillment of that childhood dream of living in the jungle, surrounded by animals. Belinda Green found a new meaning in life when she met veterinarian Dr. Howard Ralph, a man with an extraordinary devotion to save native animals. She decided to study veterinary medicine and was employed at Dr. Ralph’s clinic. Thus began the new life of the former beauty queen taking care of wildlife, with a particular love for kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos. Over the years, she has cared for hundreds of them. She has raised many to adulthood and returned them to nature. Currently, Belinda works to save injured and needy Australian wildlife and works in a veterinary clinic in Cowra, New South Wales.


               Lynda Jean Carter was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her parents were Colby Carter, an American of Irish descent, and her mother Juana Córdova, a Mexican. She had a brother and a sister, Vincent and Pamela. In her teens she integrated several musical bands. She studied at Arizona State University, but left studies to dabble in music, which was her passion. In 1970 she joined the group “The Garfin Gathering” in Nevada. She left the group in 1972 and returned to Arizona, seeking to become an actress. She lived in Tempe when she won the Arizona state competition and subsequently the “Miss World-USA 1972” on September 1 of that year. She went on to Miss World in London where she managed to be one of the 15 semifinalists. After her participation in Miss World, she toured Guadalajara and Mexico City invited by the Mexican government. After taking acting classes in several schools in New York, she began making appearances in television series being her debut in the police series “Nakia” in 1974. She also made some roles in TV series such as “Starsky and Hutch” and “Cos” and in B movies including “Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw” (1976). She played Wonder Woman in three seasons that aired between 1975 and 1979, which gave her fame. She signed a contract with the cosmetics firm Maybelline in 1977 and in 1978 was chosen “the most beautiful woman in the world” by the International Academy of Beauty and the British Press Association. Later she dedicated to singing and in the 80s she had several TV musical specials. In the mid-90s, she confessed to being addicted to alcohol and had to enter a clinic to rehabilitate herself. Between the 90s and the early 2000s she made cinema, theater, comedies and participated in television series, returning to acting. She also continued with the singing. Her last album entitled “Red, Rock n ‘Blues” released in 2018. Lynda married twice. First with the talent agent Ron Samuels between 1977 and 1982. In 1984 she married for the second time, this time with the lawyer Robert A. Altman. She had two children, James (born 1988) and Jessica (1990). In 2018 she was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She currently lives in Potomac, Maryland.


Amalia Heller

                Miss Holland, Monique Borgeld and Miss Ireland, Pauline Fitzsimons competed unsuccessfully in Miss Universe, while Miss Spain, which was ignored in Miss World, managed to be the third runner-up in the 1973 Miss Universe pageant held in Athens, Greece. While Miss Finland, Tuula Anneli Björkling, won the Miss Scandinavia and the Miss International titles in 1973. Miss Norway, Ingeborg Sorensen appeared in the Playboy adult magazine in 1975, winning the cover of the month of March. She also made films in the 70s. Miss Yugoslavia, Biljana Ristic made entertainment programs on TV in her country where she imitated famous singers. She emigrated to Hungary in 1999. Miss Mexico, Gloria Gutiérrez, became a famous actress and producer of film and television, adopting Gloria Mayo as her stage name. She has been the director of some Mexican film companies. She has worked for segments of the program Sábado Gigante. In 2006 she organized in Miami (where she currently resides) the seminar “Ser Mejor Ser”, taught by Margarita Blanco, a prestigious psychologist from Mexico. She is President and founder of “Mex I Can Foundation”. In 2007 she organized the “Mex i Can” award for successful Mexicans living in Miami. She was also an alternate coordinator of the CCIME Broadcasting and Media Commission from 2008 to 2011. In her television career, she has participated in numerous soap operas such as Angélica, The Curse, Strange Paths of Love, The Talisman, among others. She was the wife of the composer and arranger, Kiko Campos and is the mother of the also actress Gloria Aura and Elías Campos. In the contest she made a great friendship with Miss Puerto Rico, Ana Nisi Goyco, who became a pharmacist and was a Senator for the PPD (Popular Democratic Party) party between 1981 and 1992. Ana passed away on February 9, 2019 at the age of 68 but the friendship between Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico lasted until her last days. Miss Honduras married businessman Tony Kattan and had three children: Afif, Jacqueline and Williams. Currently, she has seven grandchildren and lives in Colonia Tara, San Pedro Sula. Miss Venezuela, Amalia Heller, became an announcer and is recognized for her outstanding work as a broadcaster in Venezuela. She married in 1974 with Leonardo Ron-Pedrique (RIP), with whom she had two children (Salomon and Miguel), she completed her studies and graduated as a Social Communicator in 1975. On September 13, 1989 she founded the Magica radio station 99.1 fm until the Venezuelan government censured it and took it out of the air in August 2017. There she conducted the program “The Magic of Amalia Heller”. She still lives in Caracas where she teaches self-improvement workshops.

Miss Puerto Rico (RIP)


Thanks to Donald West, Daryl Schabinger, Neil Craig, Jon Osborne, Jorge Alejandro Bravo, Norberto Colón Tapia, Mario Jérez, Sally-Ann Fawcett, Rafael Mirabal, Orlando Ospina, Henrique Fontes, Gloria Mayo, El Anecdotario, Herluis Rafael, Héctor Dupuy, Junior Zelaya and Glamour Argentino.


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