Maid of Cotton, Beverly Louise Pack, 1954, with John Wayne. [black and white photoprint]
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
Pack, Beverly Louise
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item, 10" x 8-1/4"
"'The weather's highly unusual'...screen star John Wayne assures Beverly Louise Pack, 1954 Maid of Cotton, as she shelters him from California showers with an umbrella (cotton, of course) during her recent Hollywood visit. Wayne took time out from preparing for his forthcoming role in RKO's 'The Conqueror' to meet the American cotton industry's beautiful ambassadress, who is on a 6-month international tour during which she'll display 54 wardrobes made of cotton. A junior at Texas Western College, the 20 year old brunette won the 1954 Maid of Cotton title by defeating 19 other finalists in Memphis, Tenn. last January."
Maid of Cotton Records, 1939-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History