Miss America Pageant Results 1954

1957 Miss America Pageant  

Pageant Results > Miss America Pageant > 1957 Marian McKnight

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.

Miss America 1957 Marian McKnight
Miss America 1957 Marian McKnight, Miss South Carolina


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.

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  • Miss America 1957: Marian Ann McKnight, Miss South Carolina
  • 1st runner-up: Margo Zita Sandra Lucey, Miss District of Columbia
  • 2nd runner-up: Anne Stuart Ariail, Miss Alabama
  • 3rd runner-up: Barbara Patricia Hilgenberg, Miss Arizona (tie)
  • 3rd runner-up: Mary Ann McGrew, Miss Kansas (tie)


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