Miss USA 1955
Carlene Johnson combing hair (cropped).jpg
Winner Carlene Johnson combing hair before first day of Miss Universe 1955
DateJuly 20, 1955
PresentersBob Russell
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
Entrants43
Placements15
WinnerCarlene King Johnson
 Vermont
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Miss USA 1955 was the 4th Miss USA pageant, held at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California on July 20, 1955. The pageant was won by Carlene King Johnson of Vermont, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miriam Stevenson of South Carolina. King Johnson went on to finish as a Top 15 semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1955. First runner-up Margaret Haywood later went to London for Miss World 1955, finishing first runner-up to Susana Duijm of Venezuela.

Placements

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1955
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 15

Delegates

State/City Name Hometown Age Placement Special Awards Notes
Arizona Arizona Patti Marks Phoenix
Arkansas Arkansas Margaret Haywood Jonesboro 1st runner-up Later Miss World United States 1955

1st runner-up at Miss World 1955

California California Donna Schurr Los Angeles 3rd runner-up
Colorado Colorado Dorothy Bewley Top 15
Connecticut Connecticut Jane Bartolotta Hartford
Delaware Delaware Helen Denise Blackwell Wilmington
Florida Florida Mariles Gessler Top 15
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Carolann Conno 4th runner-up
Illinois Illinois Betty Daniggelis Chicago 18 Top 15
Indiana Indiana Mary Wasick
Iowa Iowa Jerri Cole Holstein
Louisiana Louisiana Merlin Garcia Gretna
Maryland Maryland Gloria Ruth King Baltimore
Massachusetts Massachusetts Jean Dernago Springfield
Miami Beach, FL Beverly Masters
Michigan Michigan Martha Smith
Minnesota Minnesota Sally Ann Colombo Stillwater
Missouri Missouri Bennie Pritchard
Nebraska Nebraska Donna Jo Streever 2nd runner-up
New Hampshire New Hampshire Patricia Ann Mowry
New Jersey New Jersey Beverly Rogers Maywood
New Mexico New Mexico Joan Schwartz Top 15
New York (state) New York Janet Kadlecik New York City Top 15
New York City New York City Patricia O'Kane New York City Top 15
North Carolina North Carolina Mary Ratliffe Wadesboro
North Dakota North Dakota Joan Smith
Ohio Ohio Carol Hagerman Columbus
Oregon Oregon Rose Karcha
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Marianne Marcus Philadelphia
Philadelphia Philadelphia Doris Klein
Rhode Island Rhode Island Beverly Jansen Providence
South Carolina South Carolina Sara Stone Top 15
South Dakota South Dakota Phyllis Choquette
St. Louis St. Louis Janet Coker
Tennessee Tennessee Barbara Gurley Memphis 24
Texas Texas Mary Daughters Houston Top 15
Utah Utah Myrna J. Rasmussen Salt Lake City 21
Vermont Vermont Carlene King Johnson Rutland 22 Winner Top 15 at Miss Universe 1955

Previously Miss Vermont 1953

Virginia Virginia Jeannie Asble Portsmouth
Washington (state) Washington Shirley Givins Top 15
West Virginia West Virginia Barbara Tucker
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jeanne Marianne Bouley Fond du Lac 19 Top 15
Wyoming Wyoming Barbara Kaye Latta Casper

Historical significance