1957 Miss America Pageant
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Miss South Carolina Marian McKnight, a student at Coker College, was crowned Miss America 1957 in Atlantic City in September 1956. She was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1956 Sharon Ritchie.
McKnight married Gary Conway, a handsome actor who was her fellow student at the University of California, Los Angeles. He would later star in such TV program’s such as “Daniel Boone“, “Burke’s Law” and “Land of the Giants“. The beautiful couple has one of the longest marriages in Hollywood and have raised a son and daughter.
A longtime marathon runner, McKnight was chosen to carried the Olympic torch in 1984.
Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957, starred in a Camay television commercial during her reign. As her reign ended, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1958 Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss Colorado in September in Atlantic City.
Sources: Carmody McKnight Estate Wines