Phyllis George Wiki – Biography
Phyllis George was an American businesswoman, actress, and sportscaster. She was also Miss Texas 1970, Miss America 1971, and the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. She attended the University of North Texas for 3 years, then went to Texas Christian University after earning a scholarship as Miss Texas in 1970 then won the Miss America pageant in 1971.
After becoming Miss America, George moved to New York City to pursue a career in broadcasting. She was first the co-host of “Candid Camera,” a popular TV show at the time. Soon thereafter, CBS Sports producers approached George about becoming a sportscaster in which she became one of the first women to have a national role in television sports coverage.
George became the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV network when she was hired at CBS in 1974. A year later, she joined the popular CBS pregame show “The NFL Today,” working alongside Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and, later, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.
Phyllis George Age
Phyllis George was 70 years old. She was born on June 25, 1949, in Denton, Texas, United States. She died on May 14, 2020, in UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion H, Lexington, Kentucky, United States.
Phyllis George was married twice. She was married to her first husband Robert Evans from 1977 until their divorce in 1978. She was married to her second husband John Y. Brown Jr. from 1979 until their divorce in 1998.
Phyllis George had 2 children from her marriage to former Governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr., son Lincoln Brown, a technology entrepreneur, and daughter Pamela Brown, a news reporter with CNN.
Cause of Death
Phyllis George died on May 14, 2020, at the age of 70, at Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Phyllis George’s cause of death was complications from a blood disorder. Her ex-husband, former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. told The Courier-Journal, “Phyllis was a great asset to Kentucky. We had a great partnership. I think we enjoyed ourselves every single day. We’re sorry to lose her. She’s been a big part of our lives.”
Phyllis George’s children, Lincoln and Pamela Brown said in a statement: “For many, Mom was known by her incredible accomplishments. To us, she was the most incredible mother we could ever ask for, and it is all of the defining qualities the public never saw, especially against the winds of adversity, that symbolize how extraordinary she is more than anything else. The beauty so many recognized on the outside was a mere fraction of her internal beauty, only to be outdone by an unwavering spirit that allowed her to persevere against all the odds.”
Gov. Andy Beshear said in the tweet: “I was blessed to know Phyllis and her family. Her connection with Kentucky runs deep. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with her children, Lincoln and Pamela.”
George’s net worth was estimated to be $10 Million.