BirthdayMay 12, 1909
BirthplaceBristow, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Norma Smallwood

    Full name: Norma Smallwood
    Also known as: Norma Smallwood, Smallwood, Norma
    Professions: American model
    Work: Miss America 1926

  2. Norma Smallwood Death information

    Died: Sunday, 8th of May, 1966 (Age: 56)

  3. Norma Smallwood Biography

    Norma Descygne Smallwood (May 12, 1909 – May 8, 1966) captured first place in both the bather's review and the evening gown contest and the following evening was crowned Miss America 1926. Smallwood is noted as being the first Native American (Cherokee) to win the crown. Smallwood was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma who earned the Miss Tulsa title and graduated from high school at age 16. She was a student at the Oklahoma College for Women when she competed for Miss America. Her hobbies included swimming, dancing, horseback riding and served as captain of her college hockey team. She was the daughter of Edward Smallwood and Mahalia Angela (Robinette) Smallwood. She also had a half sister and a half brother from her father.During her year as Miss America, she became the poster girl for Meadows Washing Machines and Westinghouse Electric, in addition to many others. It was said she made approximately $100,000 during her year.She was married twice. Her first marriage, to Thomas Gilcrease (September 3, 1928–October 3, 1933) produced a daughter, Des Cygne L'Amour Gilcrease, who was born on June 12, 1929, in Tulsa. The marriage ended in divorce on May 2, 1934, and the father was awarded sole custody of their daughter. Her second husband was George H. Bruce, president of Aladdin Petroleum Corporation.She died on May 8, 1966, in Wichita, Kansas, aged 56.

  4. Norma Smallwood Family

    Spouse: Thomas Gilcrease
    Childrens: Des Cygne L'Amour Gilcrease

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