Sunday, September 13, 2009

miss usa 1957

Miss USA 1957 (RESIGNED)
Leona Gage--Maryland

Charlotte Sheffield--Utah

1 UT - Charlotte Sheffield
2 WV - Ruth Marie Parr
3 NV - Joan Adams
4 NE - Carolyn McGirr
5 OH - Kathryn Gabriel

Leona Gage (born Mary Leona Gage in 1939, Longview, Texas), won the title of Miss USA in 1957, representing the state of Maryland. The next day, she was stripped of her crown when it was revealed that she was married and the mother of two children. She had also lied about her age and was only 18, not 21.

At the time, the Miss USA and the Miss Universe pageants took place at the same time in Long Beach, California. Gage had competed in the Miss Universe preliminary and had been already announced as a Miss Universe semifinalist when she was deposed. Her successor, Charlotte Sheffield of Utah, failed to qualify for semi-finals because she did not take part in the preliminary judging. The vacant spot went to Miss Argentina, Mónica Lamas.

Charlotte Sheffield (born c. 1937) is Miss USA 1957.

After winning the Miss Utah USA crown, Sheffield, from Salt Lake City, Utah went on to become Utah's first representative to achieve the title of Miss USA, when Mary Leona Gage was stripped of her title days later during the Miss Universe 1957 competition. Sheffield was not allowed to compete for the Miss Universe crown, as she had already missed the preliminary competition. Sheffield went on to compete at the 1957 Miss World pageant, but failed to place.

She was a special guest at the Miss USA 1991 pageant.


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