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1957 Miss U.S.A. Beauty Pageant
Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
Long Beach, California
July 17
Host: Bob Russell


Winner: Leona Gage, Maryland (Resigned)
1st Runner Up: Charlotte Sheffield, Utah (Assumed title)
2nd Runner Up: Ruth Marie Parr, West Virginia
3rd Runner Up: Joan Adams, Nevada
4th Runner Up: Carolyn McGirr, Nebraska
^ Kathryn Gabriel, Ohio

SEMI-FINALISTS:
Helen Elizabeth Garrott, Arkansas
Peggy Jacobson, California
Marianne Gaba, Illinois
Judith Ann Hall, Iowa
Leona Gage, Maryland
Sandra Ramsey, Massachusetts
Joan Adams, Nevada
Carolyn McGirr, Nebraska
Sanita Pelkey, New York
Kathryn Gabriel, Ohio
Jean Spotts, South Carolina
Gloria Hunt, Texas
Charlotte Sheffield, Utah
Diana Schafer, Washington
Ruth Marie Parr, West Virginia

*According to the Chicago Daily Tribune, here is what happened on that Friday morning, July 19: "...after a night of sleeplessness and weeping, Miss Gage, in a closed session with Meinhardt, admitted her marriage..." She also admitted she had two children and had lied about her age. Her mother-in-law had been the one to confirm the rumors, saying Ms. Gage was married to air force sergeant Gene Norris Ennis, was the mother of two children, ages 2 and 3, and was 18, not 21.
Miss Universe pageant officials acted quickly and decisively. Pageant rules did not (and still do not) allow married women to compete. Ms. Gage was officially deposed as Miss USA, thus becoming the only "Miss USA For Just One Day." Her first runner-up, Miss Utah, Charlotte Sheffield, was named the new Miss USA and received the prize package that had been awarded to Ms. Gage. The official rankings of the runner-ups to the new Miss USA also changed. Just as Charlotte Sheffield moved up a notch, so did the other runners-up: the second-runner to Leona Gage became the first runner-up to Charlotte Sheffield, etc., and a new fourth runner-up to Miss USA 1957 was officially declared: Miss Ohio, Kathryn Gabriel.
[source: BEAUTY SCHOOL "The 1957 Miss Universe Pageant: Succés de Scandale"
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