Jackie Loughery, the inaugural Miss USA, has passed away at the age of 93.


Jackie Loughery, the trailblazing beauty queen who made history as the very first Miss USA in 1952, has passed away at the age of 93.

The Miss USA organization shared the news of Loughery’s passing in a heartfelt statement on their Facebook page, honoring her remarkable legacy and contributions to the world of beauty pageants. Describing her as a pioneer, the statement highlighted Loughery’s grace, poise, and intelligence, which captivated audiences and paved the way for future generations of women to shine on stage.

While her physical presence may no longer be with us, her legacy will continue to inspire countless individuals to pursue their dreams fearlessly. Our thoughts are with her loved ones during this time, and may they find comfort in the memories of her extraordinary life.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Loughery’s journey to becoming Miss USA began when she was crowned Miss Rockaway Point in 1947, followed by winning the title of Miss New York USA in 1952. That same year, she made history by winning the inaugural Miss USA competition and represented the United States at the first Miss Universe pageant, where she placed ninth.

In addition to her pageant success, Loughery pursued a career in Hollywood, appearing in films such as “Pardners” alongside Martin and Lewis and the 1957 drama “The DI.” She also graced the small screen, starring in shows like “Seven at Eleven” and serving as Johnny Carson’s assistant in the game show “Earn Your Vacation.”

Throughout her life, Loughery’s legacy extended beyond the world of pageantry and entertainment. She was married to US popstar Guy Mitchell and later to actor Jack Webb, with whom she shared many years before his passing in 2009.

Jackie Loughery will be remembered not only for her beauty and talent but also for her pioneering spirit and lasting impact on the world of beauty pageants and beyond.

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