1951: Ann Gilbert Ostrow

Ann Gilbert graduated from Central HIgh School in 1951 and immediately won the title of Miss Memphis. For talent she sang "Night and Day" but at the Miss Tennessee pageant she performed "If I Loved You" where she placed 2nd runner up. Ann came back to Memphis and performed with the Memphis Open Air Theatre and on local television. After graduation from Lindenwood College in Missouri, Ann pursued a professional singing career, recorded with RCA, and worked with NBC and CBS television. She taught music and musical theatre in New York for 27 years, as well as wrote, directed, and produced musicals for schools. Ann married famed Broadway producer Stuart Ostrow, has three daughters, and resides in Houston, TX. Ann and her husband both retired from teaching at the University of Houston.