1954 Miss America Pageant
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Evelyn Ay, Miss Pennsylvania, was crowned Miss America 1954 in September 1953 in Atlantic City by outgoing Miss America 1953, Neva Langley, of Georgia. Ay was the last Miss America to be crowned in the pre-television era. A year later, she would become the first winner to crown her successor on live television.
At the close of the broadcast, Evelyn became part of an another pageant first when she crowned Miss California, Lee Meriwether, as Miss America 1955, making Lee the first queen to be crowned on live television.
This beloved Miss America died of colorectal cancer in 2008 at age seventy-five.