Miss Colorado looks up to mom


In its 91 years, the Miss America pageant has never seen a mother and daughter reign.

Miss Colorado Diana Dreman has made it possible by taking the first step, winning at the state level. Her mother, then known as Rebecca Ann King, was Miss Colorado and then Miss America 1974.

Their story is one of the most compelling in Miss America history, but not because of the drama of mother-daughter matching crowns.

On Sept. 10, 2010, they received devastating news: Rebecca, known as Becky, was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma.

Diana was nearing the end of her student days at the University of Colorado and was driving to a ceramics class when her cellphone rang.

Her father delivered the mind-numbing news.

Diana couldn't process it.

Melanoma? Skin cancer? But her mother rarely went out in the sun.

Disbelief turned to fear.

"I lost my breath. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't imagine living without her. She's my rock. She's everything to me."

Her mother, who will be on hand to see her daughter compete, is participating in a clinical trial, hoping for a medical miracle.

Becky, a pageant judge the first year the event moved to Las Vegas in 2006, has brought Diana for the past six years. This year's pageant will be Jan. 14.

Diana talked proudly about how her mother, during her reign, persuaded organizers to incorporate a points system into pageant interviews.

Her mother went on to become an attorney.

"She was a wave maker," Diana said.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Mike Tyson says the TMZ.com story about a New Year's break-in at his room at The Cosmopolitan didn't happen. He told "Gridlock" co-host Seat Williams of ESPN, 1100 AM, that it was a mix-up with a room key. …

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila placed Jaleo, Spanish chef José Andrés' tapas and paella restaurant at The Cosmopolitan, on her Top 10 "best meals" list. Calling it "wildly fun," she raved about the paella, jamón ibérico de bellota and the crema catalana, which she described as "an ethereal custard with the faintest hint of lemon."

MAY I RECOMMEND …

Celebrate Elvis Presley's 77th birthday today with Big Elvis (Pete Valle) from 3-7:15 p.m. at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon. ... The 2012 Miss America contestants walk the runway and sign autographs today at the annual "meet and greet" at Fashion Show. Starts at 6 p.m.

SIGHTINGS

Mixed martial artist Ross Pearson, visiting "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" (Luxor) Wednesday with family.

THE PUNCH LINE

The History Channel is planning a new 12-hour miniseries about the evolution of humans. And this is convenient. If you missed the episode on Neanderthals, you can just watch the season premiere of 'Jersey Shore.' '' -- Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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