Theater News, 08-mar-2011: Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel, who followed her reign as Miss America by appearing on Broadway, died on Sunday, March 6, according to published reports. She was 87 years old. Bartel played Clementina in the 1946 revival of the operetta The Desert Song, and she appeared in the ensemble of the 1952 revival of Of Thee I Sing, along with understudying the role of Diana Deveraux. In a statement, officials of the Miss America pageant said: "Over the years, Jean has continued to be a great supporter of The Miss America Organization. She was a remarkable Miss America and a dedicated individual -- committed to our organization and has forever touched our hearts." Read the press release from the Miss America Organization here.