Marilyn Buferd

Marilyn Buferd (January 30, 1925 – March 27, 1990) was crowned Miss America in 1946 after being crowned Miss California.[1] She appeared in several minor films in the 1950s as well as several foreign language films, including the notable Touchez pas au grisbi opposite Jean Gabin (1954).

Marilyn Buferd
Buferd in 1953
Born(1925-01-30)January 30, 1925
DiedMarch 27, 1990(1990-03-27) (aged 65)
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
TitleMiss America 1946
PredecessorBess Myerson
SuccessorBarbara Jo Walker
  • Count Francesco Barbaro
    (m. 1951; div. 1954)
  • Hans E. Orton
    (m. 1958; div. 1959)
  • Milton Stevens
    (m. 1960; died 1969)


Buferd attended the University of California, Los Angeles. One of the sixteen finalists she defeated in the Miss America 1946 pageant was future Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman.

Buferd married Franco Barbaro, an Italian submarine commander and a movie agent and producer. After divorcing she married Han E. Orton. Her third husband was Milton Stevens.[2] Buferd died of pancreatic cancer at age 65 in Austin, Texas, on March 27, 1990.[3] Her son, Nick Barbaro, is publisher of The Austin Chronicle and co-owner of South by Southwest.

Selected filmography


  1. "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. "Marilyn Buferd". IMDB. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. "Miss America History 1946". Archived from the original on December 21, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bess Myerson
Miss America
Succeeded by
Barbara Jo Walker
Preceded by
Polly Ellis
Miss California
Succeeded by
Laura Emery
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