Laurel Lea Schaefer
Biography of Laurel Lea Schaefer
Laurel Lea Schaefer (born c. 1949) was Miss America 1972. A native of Bexley, Ohio, Schaefer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in June 1971. Three months later she won the Miss America Pageant.
After Miss America, Laurel effectively parlayed her theatre arts and music degree into an extensive and varied entertainment career. Her training afforded her opportunities as a leading lady to notables such as: Howard Keel, John Davidson, Peter Marshall, Ed Ames, Joe Namath, Giorgio Tozzi, and Gorden MacRae. This reflect such productions as; "The Music Man", "The Sound of Music", "Camelot", "South Pacific", "Showboat", "My Fair Lady", "Oklahoma", "Hello Dolly", "Carousel", "The King and I", "Guys and Dolls", "Anything Goes", "Under the Yum-Yum Tree", "Star-Spangled Girl", and "Plaza Suite".
Laurel's television work includes a recurring role on "Falcon Crest" and guest starring roles on "Matlock", "L.A. Law", "Quantum Leap", "Love Boat", "Three's Company", "Rockford Files". She is often recognized for her work in TV commercials and for a short time, she represented Campbell's soup.
Laurel's vocal career saw her performing the National Anthem at the Inaugural Concert for President Richard M. Nixon, headlining the Miss America USO Tour to Viet Nam and Thailand, entertaining on cruises with a one-woman show and touring "Capturing the Heart of Gershwin" Anniversary Concert where she received critical acclaim for vocal solos ranging from swing to blues to light opera.
For twenty-five years Laurel has worked as a commercial casting director and is owner of Creative Casting Services and is also a well-respected nationwide talent scout. In 1974 Laurel established Schaefer Consultants where she serves as a personal imaging and entertainment career consultant. Laurel is a published author and is highly sought after as a keynote speaker, corporate spokesperson, and infomercial host and media presenter.
Miss Schaefer is the recipient of many awards including The American Academy of Achievement- Gold Plate Award, Outstanding Alumni Award (Ohio University), Tom Dooley Humanitarian Award, New Jersey and Ohio "Woman of the Year" Award, Ohio Governor's Award, Bexley Alumni Association-Significant Achievement Award, President's Award for Leadership from Zonta International and a listing in Who's Who.