Jackie Loughery

Jacqueline Loughery (born April 18, 1930), sometimes credited as Evelyn Avery, 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

Jackie Loughery
Jacqueline Loughery

(1930-04-18) April 18, 1930 (age 91)
Other namesEvelyn Avery
  • Actress
  • beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss New York USA 1952
Miss USA 1952
(m. 1952; div. 1955)

(m. 1958; div. 1964)

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

Early lifeEdit

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


Miss USAEdit

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]

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 lifeEdit

In Oct 1953, Loughery's first married Guy Mitchell, a singer. That marriage ended. In July 1958, Loughery married Jack Webb, an actor. (A 1964 newspaper brief reported that Loughery and Webb were wed June 24, 1958 in Studio City.)[9] Loughery divorced Webb in March 1964.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1953 The Mississippi Gambler Bridesmaid Uncredited
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Venusian Guard No. 1
1953 Take Me to Town Dancehall Girl Uncredited
1953 The Veils of Bagdad Handmaiden
1955 Escape to Burma Uncredited
1955 Son of Sinbad Harem Girl Uncredited
1955 The Naked Street Francie Uncredited
1956 Pardners Dolly Riley
1956 The D.I. Annie
1957 Eighteen and Anxious Ava Norton
1958 The Hot Angel Mandy Wilson
1962 A Public Affair Phyllis Baines


  1. ^ "Jackie Loughery the first Miss USA. Photo Gallery". mail.top-beautiful-women.com.
  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.  
  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.  
  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.  
  6. ^ "Miss U.S.A." The Terre Haute Tribune. Indiana, Terre Haute. June 23, 1957. p. 61. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  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.  
  10. ^ "Divorces Webb". The Evening Independent. Ohio, Massillon. Associated Press. March 25, 1964. p. 8. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  

External linksEdit