Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993 and Big Stone Gap native, dead at 49
Born in Big Stone Gap, Cornett and her family moved to Florida when she was 13 years old.
“I’ve always called Big Stone Gap my home and I’ve always called Southwest Virginia my home,” she said in a 2017 interview with WJHL.
She was the first actress to play a live-action version of the character Ariel in the Little Mermaid stage show at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Cornett leaves behind two teenage sons along with her parents who still live in Big Stone Gap. She was 49-years-old.