Phyllis George, Former CBS Sportscaster and Miss America, Dies at 70



George's daughter, Pamela Brown, who is CNN's senior White House correspondent, told the outlet that her mother "paved the way for other women to become sportscasters."

"Mom lived her life to a high standard and set a high standard for everyone else," said George's son, Lincoln Brown. "What will forever stay with us are the defining qualities the public never saw, especially against the winds of adversity, that symbolize how extraordinary she is more than anything else. The beauty so many recognized on the outside was a mere fraction of her internal beauty and unwavering spirit."

George covered many sporting events with The NFL Today, including the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl. She remained with the program for three seasons before being replaced during the 1978 season by Jayne Kennedy, another former beauty queen.

George was married twice: first to Hollywood producer Robert Evans from 1977 to 1978, and then to John Y. Brown Jr., the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken and former Governor of Kentucky, from 1979 to 1998. Both marriages ended in divorce.

While married to Brown, George served as Kentucky's First Lady from 1979 to 1983. She also briefly became the co-anchor of CBS Morning News and founded Chicken by George, which she sold to Hormel Foods in 1988.

After the couple divorced, George went on to establish a beauty line that was marketed on HSN and published an inspirational book Never Say Never.

Pamela and Lincoln told CNN that their mother lived long beyond her initial diagnosis. "It's a testament to her unwavering spirit and determination she made it this long, 10 years longer than any doctor ever thought possible," they said.

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