1954 Myrna Hansen Miss USA & Actress Press Photo
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Sold Date: 02/09/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Fine Art
1954 Myrna Hansen Miss USA & Actress Press PhotoYou are bidding on an original 7 x 9 Press Photo of Myrna Hansen Miss USA & Actress. Photo is Dated 3/10/54. Myrna Hansen (born August 5, 1934) is Miss USA 1953.She graduated from Carl Schurz High School in Chicago, Illinois, in June 1953. Prior to competing in the 1953 Miss Universe contest, Hansen planned to study animal husbandry in Colorado. She had already mailed her tuition for admission to college, aspiring to become a veterinarian.Hansen was chosen Miss Photoflash of 1953 by the Chicago Press Photographers Association. She was entered in the Miss USA contest by virtue of winning this title. She was 5'7" tall and weighed 125 pounds. Her measurements included a 37 - inch bust, 25 - inch waist, and 35 - inch hips. By the end of 1955 her bust had increased by an inch. Her measurements read 38 - 25 - 33. She is a blond with brown eyes. For winning the Miss USA crown Hansen was awarded a Hillman Minx convertible, a Universal Pictures contract, and a $2,500 diamond wrist watch. She also received an ornate trophy presented by Ruth Hampton, actress, and 1952 Miss New Jersey. Hansen was presented with a solid silver and gold replica of the crown on the Statue of Liberty. A gigantic loving cup was also among the prizes she won.After winning the Miss Illinois USA crown, Hansen, from Chicago, went on to become Illinois's first representative to capture the Miss USA title. She was chosen a runner-up in the Miss Universe contest of 1953. Hedda Hopper reported in March 1954 that Hansen should have been awarded the Miss Universe title. The winner, Christiane Martel of France, was exposed as having been only seventeen when she won. Her minor status was disclosed when Martel applied for a marriage license to wed Ronnie Marengo. In January 1954 Hansen accompanied Martel in the sixty-fifth annual Tournament of Roses Parade. They were aboard the float entitled American Heritage. It was an entry of the city of Long Beach, California. Adorned by cupids and thousands of white orchids and chrysanthemums, the float captured the sweepstakes prize.Hansen negotiated a new seven-year contract with Universal in August 1954. The agreement stipulated that her salary would start at $200 weekly, with options to $900 a week. As a minor she was required to purchase a $25 U.S. savings bond on a weekly basis. When she turned twenty-one, in August 1955, Hansen claimed $2,400 in bonds, which had been held for her at the Los Angeles County clerk's office. Soon after her contract was negotiated, Hansen filmed The Purple Mask (1955). Her character, Constance de Voulois, was one of three female spies in the film. The setting wasFrance after the French Revolution. Angela Lansbury and Colleen Miller also played women who secretly observed Napoleon Bonaparte. Hansen followed this project with a role as the fiancee of Jack Kelly in Cult of the Cobra (1955). She was cast in the MGM motion picture Raintree County (1957). She had an uncredited role as Lydia Grey. At the Louisville, Kentucky premiere, Hansen was cheered by a crowd of 5,000 people. Elizabeth Taylor, Eve Marie Saint, and Lee Marvin were among the other stars who came to the October 2, 1957 event. Hansen played a showgirl in Party Girl (1958), a film which featured Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse. Her fellow showgirls were Barbara Lang and Betty Utey. Her final parts in movies were roles in Goodbye Charlie (1964) and Black Caesar (1973).(Wikipedia). We have acquired one of the largest collections of Original AP, UPI and various other news service photos from several news media outlets. Most of our photographs are in great condition considering they are 20 - 90 years old. For the most part, they show only moderate handling faults, some editor's marks and artist "touch-ups." Please see scans below which are the actual photos you will receive as this is the best indication of condition. Please see our FAQs Section below for more general information... NEW!!
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