Iris Bynum Miss San Antonio 1940
Multiple newspaper articles show Iris Bynum as having won Miss Texas in 1940 however, Miss Texas 1940 was Gloria Ann Burns.
These articles state that her mother refused to let her compete in the Miss America Pageant. In 1940 it was not required to have a Texas title to compete at Miss America. Contestants from Texas cities competed alongside Miss Texas. While Iris didn’t officially win Miss Texas in 1940 it is possible her mother did refuse to let her compete in the Miss America Pageant.
Iris Bynum went on to become a Hollywood starlet under contract with Howard Hughes. She appeared as a maid in “The Falcon in Mexico” in 1944 and as Bathsheba in “Adventure Island” in 1947. From 1947-1948 she dated Clark Gable on and off, but they never married.