Trudie Hayward/Corley: Miss Georgia 1944

Local Title:

1st Runner Up Miss Atlanta

Talent performed:

Vocal - "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"

Special Award:

Selected by Atlantic City Mayor Joseph Altman to receive "Key to the City".

1944 Miss America Boardwalk Parade

Trudie played the leading role in the Waycross High School production of “Stage Door” but never had aspirations to model or appear in a beauty pageant.  After graduation in June of 1944 she was entered into the Miss Atlanta pageant by the manager of the local movie theatre.

While in Atlanta she met Helena Mack, an honorary judge in the pageant and the second runner up in the 1943 Miss America pageant.  Helena was under contract to the Conover Model Agency in New York at the time and would later introduce Trudie to agency founder Harry Conover.

After returning from Atlanta where she was first runner up Trudie was informed that she would be going to Atlantic City as “Miss Georgia”.   The highlight of her participation in the 1944 Miss America pageant was being selected by Atlantic City mayor Joseph Altman to receive the “Key to the City” on behalf of the contestants.

After competing in the pageant she signed a contract with the same Conover Model Agency and remained in New York throughout the fall of 1944.  Her photograph was submitted to Universal Pictures for consideration as the lead role in “Salome Where She Danced” which eventually went to Yvonne De Carlo.

Trudie returned to Waycross for the Christmas holidays and decided not to go back to New York and continue her modeling career.  Instead, she moved to Atlanta in 1945 where older sister Anna Lee Phillips lived with her husband Doug.  There Trudie met William L. “Bud” Corley whom she married in 1947.

Unlike Waycross native Pernell Roberts (“Bonanza” and “Trapper John, MD”) with whom she had acted in high school, Trudie chose to remain in Georgia and rear a family.  She and “Bud” had five children William L. Corley, Jr., James Hayward Corley, Charles Douglas Corley, Patricia Anna Corley Vargas and Barbara Lee Corley Morris.  She has three grandchildren Alex Corley, Sara Corley Walker and Carson Vargas and two great grandchildren Reagan Walker and Aster Corley.



2 Comments on “Trudie Hayward/Corley: Miss Georgia 1944

  1. I live in Sebring, Fl and recently had the pleasure of meeting this fine lady. Blessings to her and her family.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Trudie at her daughter’s home in McDonough,Ga. she is such a
    pleasant lady I fill blessed to have meet Ms.Georgia 1944. You look beautiful !!

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