Miss America Pageant Results 1954

1955 Miss America Pageant - Lee Meriwether Miss California wins

Lee Meriwether won the 1955 Miss America Pageant in September 1954 in Atlantic City's massive Convention hall. It was the first year the Miss America pageant was telecast live on television.

Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether
Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether, Miss California, was the first winner crowned on live television.

The highly popular Miss America 1954, Evelyn Ay, of Pennsylvania crowned Meriwether.


At the conclusion of her year, she returned to Atlantic City to crown her successor, the beautiful Miss Colorado, Sharon Kay Ritchie, as Miss America 1956.

Meriwether has appeared extensively in television and films, including the hit TV series Barnaby Jones (co-starred as Betty Jones) and The Munsters Today (as Lily Munster), as well as roles in Batman (as Catwoman), "Time Tunnel", Hawaii Five-0, Desperate Housewives, Touched by an Angel, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, My Three Sons, Namu The Killer Whale, The Time Tunnel, 12 O'clock High, and Perry Mason. * She also served as the women's editor for Dave Garroway's "Today" show.**

She eventually married Marshall Borden, with whom she had two daughters.

all Miss Americas

Sources: *TV Guide, ** Tuscaloosa News (AP)

  • Miss America 1955: Lee Ann Meriwether, Miss California
  • 1st runner-up: Ann Gloria Daniel, Miss Florida
  • 2nd runner-up: Polly Rankin Suber, Miss South Carolina
  • 3rd runner-up: Barbara Sue Nager, Miss Pennsylvania
  • 4th runner-up: Janice Hutton Somers, Miss Michigan


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