October 16, 2010

Miss USA 1957, Leona Gage Passed Away

Mary Leona Gage (born 1939, Longview, Texas) won the title of Miss USA 1957 as Miss 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.

When news of Leona Gage's marriage broke, she worked with numerous television appearances. She revealed at a press conference that she had also been married once before. Her first marriage, at age 14, was annulled after a week. Her subsequent appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was one of CBS's highest rated shows at the time.

Leona Gage went to Las Vegas as a featured showgirl at the Hotel Tropicana. An attempt at an acting career failed, and she enrolled at hairdressing school. She performed in night clubs, worked as a model, and did television commercials. She later on married six times.

Leona Gage, who sufferred for over a decade with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at the age of 71 on October 5 in the state of Maryland, where she lived on. She had five children, three of whom survived her.
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