1944: Venus Ramey, from Washington D.C., smiles as she wears her crown and holds her scepter, sitting in her throne as Miss America. She wears a cape tied around her neck. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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A former Miss America who helped rally the nation during World War II by selling millions of dollars’ worth of war bonds has died. Venus Ramey was 92.

A funeral home in Science Hill, Kentucky, says the 1944 Miss America died Saturday.

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Ramey was the first redhead to win the Miss America title and the first to be photographed in color.

After winning the crown, she embarked on a vaudeville tour and sold $5 million in war bonds. Her image graced the side of a B-17 that made 68 raids over Germany and other Nazi-occupied nations.

She found renewed fame late in life when she shot out the tires of would-be thieves at her Kentucky farm.

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