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Leona Gage
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Beauty Contestant
    (1939-October 5, 2010)
    Birth name is Mary Leona Gage
    Miss Maryland 1957
    Miss USA 1957
    She was expelled as Miss USA after just a single day (July 1957).
    The day after her crowning, pageant officials found out she was married for four years and the mother of two, both violated contest rules.
    At 13, she got pregnant, married a man, not the father, to save face. That marriage was annulled in a week's time.
    She married the baby's father, a 24-year-old military man, when she turned 14.
    She eventually had 5 children from 4 different men and was wed a total of 6 times.
    In 1960, she was fined $25 for whipping her 4-year-old son.
    She eventually lost custody of her 3 older kids amid allegations of drug overdoses, child abuse and suicide attempts.
    She dropped acid, used pot and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day.
    During the late 1960's, She danced in strip joints, while her toddler daughter waited in the dressing room.
    Her acting career failed.
    She was the first Miss Maryland to win the Miss USA title.
    She dated Frank Sinatra and 'Mr. Universe,' Mickey Hargitay.
    Even after her dethronement, Ed Sullivan wanted her as a show guest, saying motherhood was no disgrace.
    She claimed the only reason she entered the pageant was to supplement her husband's military income and buy baby clothes.
    At 26, her biography was published with a 'For Adults' label on the cover.
    Her eldest son, Gene, died in 1988 and her only daughter, Cynthia, died in 2002.
    In the 1990's, she contracted chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    She's fluent in Spanish.

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