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MISS USA 1957
Leona Mary Gage
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Mary Leona Gage (April 8, 1939 – October 5, 2010) was an American actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss USA 1957, the first from Maryland to capture the Miss USA crown. She was stripped of her title when it was revealed that she was 18, married, and the mother of two children.

In July 1957, Gage represented Maryland at the Miss USA pageant, and was crowned as the winner, the first winner from that state.

Pageant officials launched an investigation after rumors began to surface about her background and past. Gage lied to reporters or declined to comment when they questioned her, but a day later, she confessed the truth: she was actually 18, not 21, had been married twice, and was a mother of two young children. Her mother and mother- in-law confirmed to reporters that the rumors were true. As being a wife and mother were clear violations of the contest rules, Gage was immediately disqualified and stripped of her Miss USA crown.

The crown and prizes went to the first runner-up, Charlotte Sheffield, Miss Utah. By the time the truth was revealed, it was too late for Sheffield to replace her in the Miss Universe pageant. Gage had already competed in the Miss Universe preliminary competition and been announced as one of the Top 15 semifinalists: she was ejected, and Mónica Lamas of Argentina, who had placed 16th, replaced Gage as a semifinalist.

It should be noted that the Miss Universe title ultimately was won by Peru's Gladys Zender, who also nearly lost her crown when she was revealed to be only 17, therefore under the minimum age requirement. Pageant officials, however, allowed her to retain her title, as it was customary at the time in Peru for those that had lived past their sixth month during their birth year to unofficially use the higher age. Therefore, Zender was considered to be 18, having lived more than six months as a 17-year-old.

Died at age 71 of heart failure.

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