Marilyn Buferd

Marilyn Buferd
Born January 30, 1925
Died March 27, 1990
Occupation Actress
Title Miss America 1946
Predecessor Bess Myerson
Successor Barbara Jo Walker
Spouse(s) Franco Barbaro
Milton Steven

Marilyn Buferd (January 30, 1925 March 27, 1990) was crowned Miss America in 1946 after being crowned Miss California.[1] She appeared in several minor films in the 1950s as well as several foreign language films, including the notable Touchez pas au grisbi opposite Jean Gabin (1954).

Buferd, from Los Angeles, California, attended college at UCLA. One of the 16 finalists she defeated in the Miss America 1946 pageant was future Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman.

Buferd was married first to Franco Barbaro and secondly to Milton Stevens. She died of pancreatic cancer at age 65 in Austin, Texas, on March 27, 1990.[2] Her son, Nick Barbaro, is publisher of The Austin Chronicle and co-owner of South by Southwest.

Selected filmography


  1. "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. "Miss America History 1946". Archived from the original on December 21, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bess Myerson
Miss America
Succeeded by
Barbara Jo Walker
Preceded by
Polly Ellis
Miss California
Succeeded by
Laura Emery

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