Jackie Loughery unfortunately passed away at the age of 93 recently.

Jackie Loughery, the trailblazing beauty queen who made history as the first-ever Miss USA, passed away at the age of 93 on February 23, 2024. Beyond her reign as a pageant winner, Loughery’s career spanned film and television, where she left an indelible mark as an actress and a beloved sidekick to entertainment legends such as Abbott and Costello and Johnny Carson.

Born Jacqueline Mae Loughery on April 18, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, Loughery’s journey to stardom began when she was crowned Miss USA in 1952. Her victory not only brought her national acclaim but also paved the way for future generations of beauty queens.

Jackie Loughery Miss USA 1952

Following her reign as Miss USA, Loughery transitioned to a career in Hollywood, where she appeared in several films alongside the iconic comedy duo Abbott and Costello. Her charm and talent endeared her to audiences, earning her a place in the hearts of moviegoers around the world. The news of her passing was officially announced on the social media pages of the Miss USA organization.


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In addition to her film work, Loughery made a successful foray into television, where she became an early sidekick to the legendary Johnny Carson on his talk show, “The Johnny Carson Show.” Her wit and charisma made her a fan favorite, and she played an integral role in the show’s success during its formative years.
HOLR remembers Jackie Loughery’s contributions to the entertainment industry, highlighting her trailblazing achievements as a beauty queen, actress, and television personality. Her legacy continues to inspire generations of aspiring performers, showcasing the power of talent, determination, and grace.

As news of Jackie Loughery’s passing spreads, tributes pour in from fans and colleagues alike, honoring her remarkable life and career. While she may no longer be with us, her legacy lives on through the countless lives she touched and the indelible mark she left on the world of entertainment.

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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