1952 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1952: Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss Utah
1st runner-up: Carol Mitchell, Miss Indiana
2nd runner-up: Lu Long Osborn, Miss North Carolina
3rd runner-up: Charlotte Rosalie Simmen, Miss Arkansas
4th runner-up: Mary Elizabeth Godwin, Miss Florida
Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss Utah, won the 1952 Miss America pageant, where was crowned by her predecessor, Yolande Betbeze Miss America 1951. She beat a double preliminary winner, Lu Long Osborn, Miss North Carolina, who had walked away with the preliminary swimsuit and talent awards.
Hutchins was the first – and only – Miss Utah to win the title until Sharlene Wells came along to snag the 1985 title.
After her reign ended, Colleen crowned her successor, Neva Langley, Miss America 1953, of Georgia, and returned home.
Sources: *Los Angeles Times, ** There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America, *** Deseret News, ESPN, Sports Illustrated