What Happened to Miss Golden Globe? The History and Evolution of the Golden Globe Awards’ Celebrity Scion Ambassadorship

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As part of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has long named the child of a Hollywood icon as Miss Golden Globe — with duties including handing trophies to winners and escorting honorees on and off stage.

The tradition dates back to 1962, when the organization chose “The Beverly Hillbillies” Donna Douglas and actress Eva Six as the first Miss Golden Globe for the 1963 season.

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In 1995, the practice evolved to include a Mr. Golden Globe, before ultimately settling on the title Golden Globe Ambassador in 2018. The role is considered a prestigious one; not only does it involve helping guests enter and exit the stage at the Golden Globes, but it has also been a stepping stone for young stars, helping them advance in their careers. Golden Globe Ambassador roles have expanded to include philanthropy, and ambassadors have started working with a charity of their choosing throughout their ambassadorship. In 2021, the Golden Globe ambassador program was discontinued.

In anticipation of the 2024 Golden Globes on Sunday, here is a recap at how the role evolved through the years. The Golden Globes is owned by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with WWD.

Donna Douglas, 1963

Donna Douglas, Miss Golden Globe 1963, picture of her on Jan. 1, 1967
Donna Douglas dressed as her “The Beverly Hillbillies” character Elly May Clampett in 1967.

Donna Douglas was chosen to be the first Miss Golden Globe for the 1963 awards alongside Hungarian actress Eva Six. Douglas rose to fame in the ’60s, mostly for her role as Elly May Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” from 1962-1971.

Rosanne Katon, 1981

Rosanne Katon, 1981 Miss Golden Globe, first African American woman, starring alongside Clifton Davis and Slappy White in a 1974 an epsidoe of "That's My Mama," Dec. 11, 1981
Rosanne Katon starring alongside Clifton Davis and Slappy White in a 1974 episode of “That’s My Mama.”

Rosanne Katon made history in 1981 when she was named the HFPA’s first Black Miss Golden Globe. Katon is a model and activist, having previously guest starred in “That’s My Mama” and “Sanford and Son.”

Freddie Prinze Jr., 1996

Freddie Prinze, Jr., Mr. Golden Globe 1996, at the 1999 premiere of "End of Days," Nov. 16, 1999
Freddie Prinze, Jr. at the 1999 premiere of “End of Days” in Los Angeles.

After John Clark Gable was named Mr. Golden Globe in 1995, Freddie Prinze Jr. became the second person to hold the title the following year. Prinze Jr., who is the son of “Chico” actor and comedian Frederick Prinze, has starred in “She’s All That,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and other ’90s projects.

Dakota Johnson, 2006

Dakota Johnson, Miss Golden Globe 2006, red gown, with mom Miss Golden Globe 1975 Melanie Griffith, 2006 Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 16, Los Angeles
(L-R) Dakota Johnson, Stella Banderas and Melanie Griffith at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards.

At the 2006 ceremony, Miss Golden Globe Dakota Johnson joined her mom, actress Melanie Griffith (formerly Miss Golden Globe 1975), and her younger sister Stella. Wearing a plunging lace-up gown for the occasion, Johnson is widely known for starring in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

The Stallone Sisters, 2017

Sylvester Stallone, Sistine Stallone, Sophia Stallone, Scarlet Stallone, Miss Golden Globe 2017, celebration of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards season, Nov. 10, 2016
(L-R) Sylvester Stallone, Sistine Stallone, Sophia Stallone, Scarlet Stallone and Jennifer Flavin at the celebration of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards season on Nov. 10, 2016.

To celebrate the 2017 Golden Globe Awards season, Sylvester Stallone’s daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet were named Miss Golden Globe. The siblings became the first trio selected for the role. In 2016, their father received his first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for his work in the film “Creed.”

Simone Garcia Johnson, 2018

Simone Garcia Johnson, 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador, 2018 Golden Globes, with her father Dwayne Johnson, Jan. 7, Los Angeles
(L-R) Dave Rienzi; Dany Garcia; her daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, and her father Dwayne Johnson at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Simone Garcia Johnson became the first Golden Globe Ambassador in 2018, attending the show in a textured Fabiana Milazzo gown with her father Dwayne Johnson. For her participation in the role, Johnson partnered with Global Girl, an association that prepares girls from minority communities for careers in media and journalism.

  • 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors: Jackson and Satchel Lee

  • 2020 Golden Globe Ambassadors: Pierce and Paris Brosnan

  • 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador: Isan Elba

  • 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador: Simone Garcia Johnson

  • Miss Golden Globe 2017: Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet Stallone

  • Miss Golden Globe 2016: Corinne Foxx

  • Miss Golden Globe 2015: Greer Grammer

  • Miss Golden Globe 2014: Sosie Bacon

  • Miss Golden Globe 2013: Francesca Eastwood, Mr. Golden Globe 2013: Sam Fox

  • Miss Golden Globe 2012: Rainey Qualley

  • Miss Golden Globe 2011: Gia Mantegna

  • Miss Golden Globe 2010: Mavis Spencer

  • Miss Golden Globe 2009: Rumer Willis

  • Miss Golden Globe 2007: Lorraine Nicholson

  • Miss Golden Globe 2006: Dakota Johnson

  • Miss Golden Globe 2005: Kathryn Eastwood

  • Miss Golden Globe 2004: Lily Costner

  • Miss Golden Globe 2003: Dominik Garcia-Lorido

  • Mr. Golden Globe 2003: A.J. Lamas

  • Miss Golden Globe 2002: Haley Giraldo

  • Miss Golden Globe 2001: Katie Flynn

  • Miss Golden Globe 2000: Liza Huber

  • Miss Golden Globe 1999: Tori Reid

  • Miss Golden Globe 1998: Clementine Ford

  • Miss Golden Globe 1997: Kehly Sloane

  • Miss Golden Globe 1996: Jaime Nicole Dudney

  • Mr. Golden Globe 1996: Freddie Prinze, Jr.

  • Mr. Golden Globe 1995: John Clark Gable

  • Miss Golden Globe 1994: Alexandrea Martin

  • Miss Golden Globe 1993: Erin Hamilton

  • Miss Golden Globe 1992: Joely Fisher

  • Miss Golden Globe 1991: Kaitlin Hopkins

  • Miss Golden Globe 1990: Katharine Kramer

  • Miss Golden Globe 1989: Kyle Aletter

  • Miss Golden Globe 1988: Gigi Garner

  • Miss Golden Globe 1987: Candace Savalas

  • Miss Golden Globe 1986: Calista Carradine

  • Miss Golden Globe 1985: Lisabeth Shatner

  • Miss Golden Globe 1984: Anita Finch

  • Miss Golden Globe 1983: Lori Leonelli and Rhonda Shear

  • Miss Golden Globe 1982: Laura Dern

  • Miss Golden Globe 1981: Rosanne Katon

  • Miss Golden Globe 1980: Kym Karath

  • Miss Golden Globe 1979: Stephanie Haymes

  • Miss Golden Globe 1978: Elizabeth Stack

  • Miss Golden Globe: 1977: Nicole Ericson

  • Miss Golden Globe 1976: Lisa Farringer

  • Miss Golden Globe 1975: Melanie Griffith

  • Miss Golden Globe 1974: Linda Meiklejohn

  • Miss Golden Globe 1973: Kelley Miles

  • Miss Golden Globe 1972: Pamela Powell

  • Miss Golden Globe 1971: Anne Archer

  • Miss Golden Globe 1969: Francoise Ruggieri

  • Miss Golden Globe 1968: Alexandra Hay

  • Miss Golden Globe 1967: Corinna Tsopei

  • Miss Golden Globe 1966: Cheryl Miller

  • Miss Golden Globe 1964: Linda Evans

  • Miss Golden Globe 1963: Donna Douglas and Eva Six

Launch Gallery: Miss Golden Globe, Mr. Golden Globe and Golden Globe Ambassadors Throughout the Years: Photos

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