Maria Remenyi
Remenyi as Miss USA 1966
Maria Judith Remenyi

(1945-12-13) December 13, 1945 (age 78)
Tversted, Denmark
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss California USA 1966
Miss USA 1966
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss California USA 1966
Miss USA 1966
Miss Universe 1966
(Top 15)

Maria Judith Remenyi (born December 13, 1945, in Denmark) is a Hungarian-American astrophysicist, cosmologist and beauty pageant titleholder who held the title of Miss USA 1966.

Early life

Remenyi was born in Copenhagen, Denmark of Hungarian parents. She migrated to the United States in 1956 when her family escaped from the Hungarian revolt.[1]

Miss USA

Remenyi, residing in El Cerrito, California, at the time, represented California at the Miss USA 1966 pageant held in Miami in May 1966. She was voted Miss Pixable by the press.[2] On 22 May 1966 she became the second Californian to win the Miss USA title.[3] In July she competed in the Miss Universe 1966 pageant, placing in the top fifteen.[4]

In 1973 Remenyi was invited to judge the Miss Universe 1973 pageant.[5]

Life after Miss USA

Prior to winning the Miss USA title she was a junior studying astrophysics at the University of California at Berkeley and was involved in bevatron research and computer programming at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.[6] She dropped out after winning Miss USA and transferred to Columbia University, stating that she had fallen in love with New York during her reign.[7]

In 1971, she hosted "Maria's Morning Show", a radio program on Vermont's WJOY, while studying computer science at the University of Vermont.[8]


  1. ^ Thompson, Ruth (1966-06-25). "Logistics a Problem as "Miss Universe" nears". Gettysburg Times.
  2. ^ Tucker, William (1966-05-20). "American Beauties Figure in Final". The Miami News.
  3. ^ "Californian Lass is Miss USA". The Tuscaloosa News. 1966-05-22.
  4. ^ "New Miss Universe is Shipshape Swede". The Miami News. 1966-07-17.
  5. ^ "Miss USA title goes to Illinois". The Victoria Advocate. 1973-05-20.
  6. ^ Thompson, Ruth (1967-05-13). "Brainy Beauty Ready to Step Down as Miss USA". Gettysburg Times.
  7. ^ Associated Press (1967-02-28). "'Miss USA' leaving California for New York". Times Daily.
  8. ^ Maurice, Maggie (27 August 1971). "Maria's Morning Show". Burlington Free Press. p. 13. Retrieved 23 July 2023.