Margaret Gorman Cahill, who was crowned the first Miss America in 1921, has died of cardiac arrest and pneumonia. She was 90 years old.
Cahill died Sunday at a nursing home in Bowie, Md.
Cahill was a Washington teenager when she was chosen from among more than a half dozen women and girls as winner of the “Inter-City Beauty Contest” on the beach in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 14, 1921.
“I never cared to be Miss America. It wasn’t my idea. I am so bored by it all. I really want to forget the whole thing,” she said in a 1980 interview.
Her parents entered her photograph in a contest which led to Atlantic City.
Cahill later married a Washington real estate developer.