NC humorist Jeanne Robertson dead at 77

Jeanne Robertson, who parlayed her appearance in the Miss America pageant into a career as a speaker and humorist, died unexpectedly Saturday. She was 77. Her death was announced by Elon University, where she served as a trustee. A cause of death was not released. Her pageant experience, and her 6-foot-2-inch frame, often provided fodder for her comedy routines, delivered in her Southern accent.