Jackie Loughery

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Jackie Loughery
Jacqueline Loughery

(1930-04-18) April 18, 1930 (age 89)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss New York USA 1952
Miss USA 1952
Guy Mitchell
(m. 1952; div. 1955)

Jack Webb
(m. 1958; div. 1964)

Jack W. Schwietzer (m. 1969)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss New York USA 1952
Miss USA 1952
Miss Universe 1952
(Top 10)

Jacqueline Loughery (born April 18, 1930) is an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 1952, becoming the first-ever winner of the Miss USA competition. She had previously been crowned Miss New York USA 1952

Early years[edit]

Loughery was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York,[2] the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Loughery.[3]

Miss USA[edit]

In 1952, Loughery won the Miss USA title after a second ballot broke a first-place tie. Loughery, a redhead, went on to represent the US at the first Miss Universe pageant, where she placed ninth.[4]

Part of her prize package as Miss USA included a contract with Universal Pictures, which led to a career in movies and television. She adopted the stage name Evelyn Avery, but is more often credited with her own name (the name she used when she won the Miss USA title).[citation needed]


Loughery appeared in several films, including the 1956 comedy Pardners with Martin and Lewis[5] and the 1957 drama The D.I.,[6] with Jack Webb, whom she would marry. She was featured in 1957's Eighteen and Anxious and top-billed in the following year's The Hot Angel.[citation needed]


In 1951, Loughery appeared in the short-lived variety show Seven at Eleven. In 1954, she was Johnny Carson's assistant in the short lived game show Earn Your Vacation.[7]

In 1956, Loughery co-starred with Edgar Buchanan and Jack Buetel in the syndicated western television series Judge Roy Bean, having appeared as Bean's niece, Letty.[7]:547 Buetel, a star of the 1941 film The Outlaw, was cast in the series as Bean's deputy, Jeff Taggert.[8]

Loughery also had non-recurring roles in numerous television programs through the 1950s and 1960s, including the syndicated western 26 Men in the episode "Runaway Stage". In 1958, she appeared in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[citation needed]

In 1957 and 1958 she made five guest appearances on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; three as Joyce Collins and the other two as Vicki Donovan. In 1963 she appeared on Perry Mason as Nell Grimes, who murdered her husband, the title character, in "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse." She appeared as Martha, sister of sheriff Sam Phelps in the May 18, 1961 episode of Bat Masterson, "Farmer with a Badge".[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to singer Guy Mitchell in October 1953. That marriage ended and she remarried, to actor Jack Webb, in July 1958. (A 1964 newspaper brief reported that Loughery and Webb were wed June 24, 1958 in Studio City.)[9] She divorced Webb in March 1964.[10]


  1. ^ http://top-beautiful-women.com/usa/item/80-jackie-loughery
  2. ^ "Beauty From Flatbush Now Rides The Range". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Google News. November 11, 1955.
  3. ^ "Boro Beauty Queen Admits Marital". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 22, 1953. p. 3. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "Boro Beauty Named Miss U.S." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. June 28, 1952. p. 1. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Maes, Jack; Hixon, Harry (August 3, 1956). "The Movies". The Atchison Daily Globe. Kansas, Atchison. p. 3. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Miss U.S.A." The Terre Haute Tribune. Indiana, Terre Haute. June 23, 1957. p. 61. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 110
  9. ^ "Filed". Independent. California, Long Beach. February 27, 1964. p. 2. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Divorces Webb". The Evening Independent. Ohio, Massillon. Associated Press. March 25, 1964. p. 8. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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