Osmonds To Host Beauty Pageant
Apr. 28, 1999
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ There they are: new Miss America hosts Donny and Marie Osmond.
The brother and sister act will replace last year's hosts, Boomer Esiason and Meredith Vieira, pageant officials said Tuesday.
The Osmonds, popular TV and concert performers in the '70s and '80s, reunited last fall for a syndicated talk show.
The pageant has had a rapid turnover of hosts following Bert Parks' quarter-century reign, which ended in 1980. Parks was best known for serenading Miss America winners with the trademark anthem, ``There She Is.'' He died of lung cancer in 1992 at age 77.
The 79th annual Miss America Pageant, dubbed Miss America 2000, will be broadcast live from Atlantic City, N.J., on ABC on Sept. 18.