Jane Jayroe Gamble
As millions of television viewers watched the crowning of Jane Jayroe as Miss America in 1967 and Bert Parks serenade her, no one would have thought she was actually a very shy and reluctant winner. Nor would they know that the tears which flowed were more from fright rather than joy. She was nineteen when her whole life was changed in an instant.
Jane went on to become a well-known broadcaster, author, and public official. She worked as a TV news anchor in Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth. Later, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating appointed her to serve as his secretary of tourism. But along the way, Jane’s story was filled with ups and downs. Her struggle with shyness, depression, and a failed marriage unimaginably led to a happy and successful life.
Jane’s many honors include induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in our state’s centennial year, 2007.
Interview with Jane Jayroe Gamble
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 3, 2014
Date Published: March 11, 2017
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Miss Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City University (OCU); Jimmy Webb; The Supremes; Up, Up, and Away; 5th Dimension; Frank Sinatra; Miss America Pageant; Leona Mitchell; Mayo Hotel; Bert Parks; Bob Hope; President Lyndon Johnson (LBJ); Vice President Hubert Humphrey; Entertainment Tonight; Mary Hart