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Published: Thursday, March 25 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Anonymous Coward

Didn't photographers in the 50's know that if your going to use a wide(ish) angle lens not to put their arms in front of the subject? It makes their head look small and their arms look massive. Shhheesh!

RIP Colleen

My parents and grandparents told me what a striking and classy young lady she was and how proud everyone in Utah was to have our own Miss America.


I am just curious to know if Ms. Hutchins was an active member of the Mormon church at the time of her death. I have never heard anything about her over the years.

To Anonymous 2:42

What the heck difference does it make what religion she was??

Collen was a beautiful girl and a gorges women.

By the way, she converted to Catholicism when she married...Like it really matters.


I had no idea Kiki was her son- no idea at all!

Where did she grow up?

Where in Utah did she grow up? What high school did she graduate from?

Re: To Anonymous 2:42

It does matter. Was she a member who went to BYU? Was she a non-member who went to BYU? Did she convert to Catholicism? It's not a judgmental comment, just a FYI comment. What an interesting story and life she had. Condolences to her family.

John Pack Lambert

Who ever said Hutchins was from Utah? Going to BYU and being from Utah are not the same.
In actuality she was born in Salt Lake City but was raised in Southern California.
I can state that she was upfront and open about being a Latter-day Saint around the time she was Miss America. What he religious inclinations, beliefs and attitudes have been since 1952 I can not state in any definitive way. Most of my information is drawn from the Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History article on her.


I was attending Provo High the years she was at BYU. Interesting that she was chosen as Miss America the same year her brother Mel was named a Basketball All-American. BYU won the NIT that year and also competed in the NCAA: I think they finished 4th.

He was BYU's tallest player at 6 foot 5, but was a tremendous leaper. I heard his leaping to funnel balls into the basket was one of the reason they instituted the rule that you can't touch a ball in the immediate area above the rim. (Unless you had control bringing it into that cylinder.)

I thought they were from California.


She was a beautiful woman. And don't believe everything that is written on these blogs. They'll throw anything out to get people stirred up or at least curious.

What a great legacy she left.

Patrick Casaday

My mother roomed with Colleen at BYU and always spoke very highly of her. She was always very friendly and a wonderful person to be around.

Kiki and Coco

Man the Vandeweghe's have interesting choices for names. I guess Richard or Mary were too ordinary for them? Nothing wrong with it, I'm just sayin...


Kiki never played for the Nets. He was a great scorer with the high scoring Nuggets teams of the 80s and also the Blazers before finishing with the Knicks and the Clippers.

To the fyi point about religion, they were in our ward in LA and it's my understanding that Colleen and her family were all members of the LDS church at the time of her passing.

Their other two children were excellent athletes as well, playing tennis in college and professional beach volleyball.


She stood over 6 feet tall in heels, had what was described as a Regal Bearing, and stopped a University Basketball game cold when she arrived late and walked down the sideline.

Justin Hutchins

One of her other sons, Bruk, also played professional beach volleyball in the 90's. Athletic genes running around there.


In line with this. What happened to the Sheffield girl who became Miss Teenage America in about 1955? She would be about 70 now?

E. Klinche

Interesting connection to Kiki, a player I admired greatly in the 1980s. What a family!

Religious affiliation or not, the BYU connection is a pertinent one here, and by default the LDS connection is interesting.

To some.

To those who say," who cares about her religion" reminds me of someone saying "who cares what state she lives in" or "who cares what nationality she is". Do we all care about the same thing? What is interesting for an Asian might not be for a European, but who are we to say "who cares"?

If so,why care at all about anything? If we read an article about Anne Frank, do we care if she was Jewish? Or about a terrorist, if he were Muslim or communist? Or a Miss USA, if she were Latina or black?

Point is, she was classy as a person, a mother, former Miss America, etc.

I am glad I know more about the Nets' coach's family, for sure.

Thanks, Desnews.

God bless her family and her legacy, and all she strove for.

Juliana Hutchins

wow, scuttlebut abounds! I'm her niece so I'll set the record straight. She's not catholic. She was always LDS but not always active. Just before she passed, my Uncle Ernie, her husband was baptised! (yay!) and will be sealed to Colleen in a year. Kiki's real name is Earnest, just like his father, grand father etc etc....Kiki is his nickname. Aunt Colleen never liked to talk about her Miss America stuff and other "la-dee-da" stuff. Her passion was her children and grandchildren. I have never met anyone so devoted to perfecting the art of parenthood as Aunt Colleen and Uncle Ernie, and it shows in their children. Our whole family are all very different from each other, but each quite awesome in their own right. This started with my grandparents. It amazes me how just one couple can have such influence on the world, just by raising good children, Colleen being one of them.

Jessy Mack

I have thought about Colleen a lot - remember when she was chosen 'Miss America' - that was a proud day! She was so beautiful & I was happy that she had been chosen - my brother was tall & I hoped they would meet - they never did! Sounds like
she had a wonderful family - glad to read an update about her. My condolences to her family - I'll always
remember her beauty, fame, and everything else I had known about her!

Tauna Vandeweghe

I was lucky enough to be sent this story. Although the world admired her, I was lucky enough to have her full time. She was born in CA, raised LDS, all her children were LDS, she remained LDS till her death. She has been bedridden for 14 years in which she and my Dad lived with me. Sometimes hard, but the best years of my life. If ever an Angel (her nickname) was here on earth it was her. God bless you all for your kind thoughts. My Dad was baptized 3 days ago and now awaits a marriage to my mother in the Temple.

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