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Kylene Barker

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Kylene Barker born November 11, 1955[1] is an American pageant winner from Galax, Virginia who was Miss Virginia 1978 and Miss America 1979[2][3]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Pageants
  • 3 Career
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Barker was born in Galax, Virginia to father Kyle and mother Dolores deceased 2006[2] She attended Oakland Elementary School, Woodlawn Intermediate School,[4] Carroll County High School[2] and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University[2] where she earned a degree in clothing and textiles in 1978[2]


Barker won the Miss Pulaski County pageant, the Miss Virginia pageant in July 1978, and the Miss America 1979 pageant on 9 September 1978[2][5] Her talent performance at the Miss America pageant was gymnastics[6] In 1986 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Barker received pageant earnings of approximately $100,000[7]

According to Peoplecom she was also "Most Valuable Cheerleader 1974"[8]


During her year of service as Miss America, Barker signed a lease on a shop at 309 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, and opened a dress shop called "D Kylene" the "D" stood for Danice[7][8] The business which she operated for thirteen years[3] closed in 1992[5]

In 1983, Gemcon Inc published an audio book produced by Barker called Stamina with Style[3] On 1 October 1984, Simon & Schuster published a book Southern Beauty: A Total Fitness and Beauty Program for That Winning, All-American Look that Barker co-wrote with Sherry Suib Cohen[3]

Barker has acted as spokesperson for several corporations including: "Clairol, the Manmade Fiber Producer's Association, The Palm Aire Spa, the Made in the USA Council",[3] and the US Sugar Association[7] She also produced fashion shows for "the American Yarn Spinners Association, the America Textile Manufacturers Association and companies associated with the Crafted with Pride Council"[3]

Barker's television appearances included reports for NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Crossfire, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee[3] In 1979, she appeared on the Donny and Marie television show episode #43 as herself in the role of Miss America

Kylene was appointed to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors[3]

Personal life

In March 1979, Barker became engaged to James Brandon a Roanoke businessman[9] They met in Nassau while he was working on a book titled "Simply Beautiful", and they later married[9] On 28 August 1986 James Brandon was arrested on charges of "conspiracy, mail and bankruptcy fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property"[7] Barker and Brandon appeared together in court over the affair, and co-signed a $75,000 personal surety bond which ensured Brandon's release from custody[7]

In the 1990s, Barker moved to Canada with her second husband Ralph Hibbard He died of cancer in 2002[2]

In 2007, Barker married Canadian businessman Ian McNeill[3] They reside in both Muskoka, Ontario[2] and Naples, Florida[3]


  1. ^ "Miss America says the money secondary to chances for travel" Deseret News 10 November 1978 Retrieved 5 April 2012mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Ralph Berrier Jr 28 June 2008 "Catching up a former Miss Virginia and Miss America" Roanokecom Retrieved 5 April 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1979" missamericaorg Archived from the original on 2 May 2012 Retrieved 5 April 2012
  4. ^ Raider 1979 Woodlawn school yearbook p 25
  5. ^ a b Christian Moody "Memory Makers Where are they now" vtmagazinevtedu Archived from the original on 8 February 2012 Retrieved 5 April 2012
  6. ^ "Miss America 1979" PBS Retrieved 5 April 2012
  7. ^ a b c d e JAMES H TOLPIN 29 August 1986 "Ex-beauty Queen`s Husband Surrenders To Fbi Agents" sun-sentinelcom Retrieved 5 April 2012
  8. ^ a b Kristin McMurran 26 March 1979 "There She Goes, Bert Parks Serenades—but Off to Dedicate Parking Lots" Peoplecom Retrieved 5 April 2012
  9. ^ a b "Barker-Brandon Announce Engagement At Local Party" Palm Beach Daily News 13 March 1979 Retrieved 5 April 2012

External links

  • Kylene Barker on IMDb
  • Southern Beauty: A Total Fitness and Beauty Program for That Winning, All-American Look at Google Books
  • Stamina with style in libraries WorldCat catalog
  • Donny & Marie Show opening – "Serpentine Fire" on YouTube introduced by Barker
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Susan Perkins
Miss America
Succeeded by
Cheryl Prewitt
Preceded by
Terri Bartlett
Miss Virginia
Succeeded by
Paige Brown

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