Miss USA 1954
DateJuly 24, 1954
PresentersBob Russell
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
WinnerMiriam Stevenson
 South Carolina
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Miss USA 1954 was the 3rd Miss USA pageant, held on July 24, 1954 at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. Miriam Stevenson, won the competition and later became Miss Universe. She was crowned by outgoing titleholder Myrna Hansen of Illinois.


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1954
1st Runner-Up (disqualified)
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 21


State/City Name Hometown Age Placement Special Awards Notes
Arizona Arizona Bonnie Johnson Glendale
Arkansas Arkansas Jineane Marie Ford Top 21
California California Sandra Constance Los Angeles Top 21
Colorado Colorado Jeanie Carroll Top 21
Connecticut Connecticut Andrea Todd Hartford Top 21
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Laura Farley Washington, D.C. 21 Top 21
Florida Florida Rosemary Talucci
Front Royal, VA Carol Hammarck
Illinois Illinois Celeste Ravel Chicago 23 4th Runner-up
Indiana Indiana Cecilia Dennis Milan Top 21
Iowa Iowa Ione Lucken Le Mars Top 21
Kansas Kansas Sue Ravencroft
Kentucky Kentucky Nikki Horner
Louisiana Louisiana Sadie Vinson New Orleans
Maryland Maryland Barbara Eschenburg Berlin Top 21 Later disqualified for being underage
Massachusetts Massachusetts Nan Cowan Sterling
Memphis, TN Janice Beverly Bowles Top 21
Michigan Michigan Gerri Hoffman
Minnesota Minnesota Dawn Joyce Minneapolis Top 21
Missouri Missouri Alice Porritt Top 21
Nebraska Nebraska Margie Winkhoff Top 21
Nevada Nevada Mary Jane Arnold Las Vegas
New Hampshire New Hampshire Myrna Louise Smith
New Jersey New Jersey Evelyn Orowitz Collingswood 20 Top 21 Sister of actor Michael Landon
New York (state) New York Karin Hultman New York City 1st Runner-up Became 1st Runner-up after Miss Virginia USA was disqualifiedLater Miss World United States 1954

1st Runner-up at Miss World 1954

New York City New York City, NY Renee Roy New York City 2nd Runner-up
North Carolina North Carolina Ann Pickett Charlotte
North Dakota North Dakota Jane Hewitt
Ohio Ohio Barbara Randa Painesville 19 Top 21
Oregon Oregon Charlotte Miller
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Helen Vidovich Philadelphia
Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Elaine DuFeen Later disqualified for the national pageant
Pleasure Beach, CT Violet Fuchs
Rhode Island Rhode Island Joyce Anne Sandberg Warwick Previously Miss Rhode Island 1953

Later served as the First Lady of Rhode Island from 1973 to 1977

South Carolina South Carolina Miriam Stevenson Winnsboro 20 Winner Miss Universe 1954

Previously Miss South Carolina 1953

Top 10 at Miss America 1954

South Dakota South Dakota Barbara Ann Brown
St. Louis St. Louis, MO Jo Ann Lynde
Tennessee Tennessee Barbara Holly Nashville 21
Texas Texas Betty Lee Houston 3rd Runner-up
Utah Utah Laverna Laub Salt Lake City 22
Vermont Vermont Georgia Laurise New Haven, CT 24
Virginia Virginia Ellen Whitehead Chatham 1st Runner-up (disqualified) Later disqualified due to being underage
Washington (state) Washington Darlene Shride
West Virginia West Virginia Sandra Waggy
Wisconsin Wisconsin Rita Delores Younger Baraboo 21 Top 21
Wyoming Wyoming Faith Radenbaugh Heart Mountain

Historical significance

See also