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Jane Jayroe's book released today

By Penny Cockerell Published: May 20, 2006
Autobiography recounts life of ex-Miss America, journalist

When Jane Jayroe was approached to write a book about her life, her first thought was: "Why in the world would anyone want to read about me?"

Jayroe's autobiography, "More Grace than Glamour," begins with her 1967 crowning as Miss America and takes readers through her life, from an unhappy marriage to a successful journalism career and, later, as the state's tourism director and community volunteer.

She officially will release her book today at the third annual Oklahoma Centennial Book Festival at Oklahoma City University.

Returning to her roots
Jayroe was approached by Bob Burke of the Oklahoma Heritage Foundation to write her story. He also is its co-author.

The book begins with her becoming Miss America after growing up in rural Laverne.

She said she had not ridden in an airplane until her pageant ventures.

"There is a tendency to, when given great opportunity, to leave your home state. I had scholarships after Miss America to where I could go to any university in the country," Jayroe said. "But I am such a homebody and such an Oklahoma person that I so much wanted to come home.

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