Sylvia Hitchcock

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Sylvia Hitchcock
Sylvia Hitchcock, 1967
Sylvia Louise Hitchcock

(1946-01-31)January 31, 1946
DiedAugust 16, 2015(2015-08-16) (aged 69)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Other namesSylvia Carson
EducationMiami-Dade Junior College
University of Alabama
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
William Carson
(m. 1970)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Alabama USA 1967
Miss USA 1967
Miss Universe 1967
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Alabama USA 1967
Miss USA 1967
Miss Universe 1967

Sylvia Louise Hitchcock-Carson (January 31, 1946 – August 16, 2015) was an American model and beauty queen who held the title of Miss Alabama United States and Miss United States, and was crowned Miss Universe 1967.

Personal life[edit]

Hitchcock was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and grew up on a chicken farm in Miami, Florida.[1][2] She attended Miami Palmetto High School, Miami-Dade Junior College and studied art at the University of Alabama.[3][4] A junior at the University when she won the Miss USA title, Hitchcock chose not to complete her degree.[5] She was a member of Chi Omega sorority.

Hitchcock married William Carson, the inventor of a fruit harvesting machine, in 1970. They had three children, Jonathan, Christianne and Will, and seven grandchildren.[4]


Hitchcock, who had previously competed in local pageants in Florida, represented Alabama at the Miss USA 1967 pageant. She was chosen as one of the fifteen best in swimsuit and won the Miss USA title on May 22.[6] In July she became the first Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title since Linda Bement in 1960.[3]

Hitchcock also appeared in the 1968 Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1968.

After relinquishing her title she tried modeling in New York City but became disillusioned with the city and returned to Miami where she worked for a television station.[4] In 1972 she was one of a panel of twelve judges for the Miss Universe 1972 pageant won by Kerry Anne Wells.[7]


She resided in Lake Wales, Florida until her death from cancer on August 16, 2015. She was 69 years old.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "New Miss USA sees no big disadvantages from beauty". Herald-Tribune. 1967-05-22.
  2. ^ "Miss USA Not the Prettiest". The Evening Independent. 1967-05-22.
  3. ^ a b "Miss Universe is first from USA since 1960". The Lewiston Daily Sun. 1967-07-17.
  4. ^ a b c Gessner, Miriam (1977-03-06). "Former Miss USA Uses Intelligence, Common Sense to Make Good Impression". Lakeland Ledger.
  5. ^ Turner, Steve (1983-10-07). "Miss Universe '67 in '83 Remains Picture of Poise". Lakeland Ledger.
  6. ^ Tucker, William (1967-05-18). "Oregon, Virginia Lead Miss USA Beauty Pack". The Miami News.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Aussie Beauty is Winner". The Victoria Advocate. 1972-07-30.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Grogan, Mike (2005-12-15). "Dream Village's Christmas Gala in Loughman Raises More Than $15,000 for Charity". The Reporter. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Muerte de Sylvia Hitchcock,; accessed August 18, 2015.(in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Sylvia Hitchcock, former Miss Universe from USA, is no more",, August 17, 2015; accessed August 18, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by Miss USA
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Claudia Robinson
Miss Alabama USA
Succeeded by
Susan Scott