Marian Bergeron was Miss America 1932.
Marian was crowned winner at age 15 1/2. Even at this age, she was a well-established vocalist. There was so much confusion during and after the vote tabulations that nobody informed Marian she had won. She was unaware of her victory until the dressing assistants placed the banner on her. Marian's singing career started when she was twelve. She sang blues on a New Haven radio station. Marian went on to be a public speaker and big supporter of the Miss America Pageant.
The day after she was crowned, says Marian McKnight (1957), “I was asked when I wanted to go home. I said Christmas week, and they said fine. And that was the only time I got to go home for a year,” she recalls. “I didn’t know they booked Miss America every day except Sunday!”
Bergeron went on to a career in big-band singing. She was already an established singer at the time of the pageant, having started at the age of twelve. She appeared with several bands, among them Rudy Vallee and Guy Lombardo.
Marian was married three times. Her first marriage, to Donald Ruhlman, lasted until his death in 1972 and produced three children. Her final marriage, to Frederick Setzer, lasted until his death in March 2002.
Bergeron died of leukemia in Ohio in 2002. As of 2017, she remains the only Miss America from New England.