Miss USA 1956
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Miss USA 1956 Carol Morris
DateJuly 18, 1956
PresentersBob Russell
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
WinnerCarol Morris
Iowa Iowa
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Miss USA 1956 was the 5th Miss USA pageant, held on July 18, 1956, at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. From the 43 contestants Miss Iowa USA, Carol Morris, won the competition and later became Miss Universe. She became the first contestant from Iowa to win the Miss USA competition. She was crowned by Miss USA 1955, Carlene King Johnson of Vermont.

One of the runners-up, Charlene Holt of Maryland, became an actress, appearing on television series and in films including El Dorado with John Wayne.


Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1956
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 15


State/City Name Hometown Age Placement Special Awards Notes
Arizona Arizona Maija Bertulson Tucson
Arkansas Arkansas Nancy McCollum 2nd runner-up
California California Shirlee Witty Los Angeles
Colorado Colorado Karen Keeler Top 15
Connecticut Connecticut Dorothy Bailey Hartford
Delaware Delaware Sandra McCabe Selbyville
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Joanne Holler
Florida Florida Kim Meyer
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Mary Ruff
Illinois Illinois Muriel Blair Chicago 23
Indiana Indiana Beverly Mattox
Iowa Iowa Carol Morris Ottumwa 19 Winner Previously Miss Iowa 1954

Miss Universe 1956

Louisiana Louisiana Cecile Morris Baton Rouge
Maryland Maryland Charlene Holt Annapolis 28 Top 15
Massachusetts Massachusetts Elaine Murphy Weston
Miami Beach, FL Beverly Rogers
Michigan Michigan Barbara Sias Top 15
Minnesota Minnesota Marilyn Johnson Minneapolis
Missouri Missouri Carol Thrower
Nebraska Nebraska Shari Lewis 3rd runner-up
Nevada Nevada Marley Sanderson Las Vegas
New Hampshire New Hampshire Rita Leclerc Berlin 21
New Jersey New Jersey Delores Winfield Cranford 21 Top 15
New Mexico New Mexico Jackie Brown Albuquerque
New York (state) New York Kay Douglas New York City
North Carolina North Carolina Shirley Bagwell Raleigh 18 Top 15
North Dakota North Dakota Mary Harroun
Ohio Ohio Eleanor Wood Canton 18 Top 15
Oregon Oregon Maralyn Turner Top 15
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Serena Kifer Philadelphia
Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Miriam Uniman
Rhode Island Rhode Island Sandra Vozella Point Judith
South Carolina South Carolina Betty Cherry Columbia 1st runner-up Later Miss World United States 1956

1st runner-up at Miss World 1956

St. Louis St. Louis, MO Diana Stopke
Tennessee Tennessee Stella Wilson Memphis 22 Top 15
Texas Texas Jo Dodson Houston 4th runner-up
Vermont Vermont Delores Wettack Westminster
Virginia Virginia Audra Stark Virginia Beach
Washington (state) Washington June Svedin Top 15
West Virginia West Virginia Janet Cardi
Wisconsin Wisconsin Priscilla Perkins Milwaukee 23
Wyoming Wyoming Marilyn Scott Cheyenne

Historical significance

See also