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1957 Miss USA winner who had her titled stripped dies in LA; she was 71

Mary Leona Gage, who was crowned Miss USA  in 1957 and later had her titled stripped away from her, died on Tuesday at a Sherman Oaks hospital of heart failure.  She was 71.

When pageant officials learned Gage was married with two children they stripped her of her title.

Gage also told pageant officials she was 18 and it was later unearthed that she was 21.

Just a day later her story was exposed. She had been already been married twice, both times at age 14 – the first was quickly annulled – and had her second child at 16, all forbidden for the resume of a pageant contestant. (AP)

She lived a turbulent life.  After she lost her title she went onto pursue an acting career that never took off as well as six failed marriages.

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