Marjorie Wallace – The first ever Miss World from the United States

16 Jan 2018 | Irina Silva

Marjorie Wallace became a name of every household as she was crowned as the first Miss World from the United States in 1973. From Indianapolis, Indiana, Marjorie defeated 53 competitors at the Royal Albert Hall in London as the first American to be crowned Miss World. Marjorie has had a very interesting past, with her winning the Miss World title which was taken away from her just 104 days after her crowning.

But before we get to that part, let us look at her early life which shaped up the character of our beauty queen. Born on 23rd January 1954, Marjorie was raised in the suburbs by her family who ran an industrial supply business. Marjorie suffered her first blow at the age of 14 when her parents divorced and she started to show her wild side. She was an instinctive teenager and men began to play a larger role in her life.

At the age of 19, Marjorie achieved what no other woman had till then in her country; she was crowned the first ever Miss World 1973 from the United States. In December that year, she was invited by the welsh singer Tom Jones to meet him before his show and was completely bowled over by the charm and beauty of Marjorie.


Marjorie Wallace – The first ever Miss World from the United States


They flew off to Barbados together for a TV show, where they started to get intimate with each other. As a result, the Miss World was stripped of her crown because of her intimacy with a married man as they stated, “Wallace had failed to fulfil the basic requirements of the job.”

But the problems for our controversial queen did not end with that. Just fifteen days later, Peter Revson, her fiancé, died in an accident while practising for the 1974 South African Grand Prix. These incidents had such a severe effect on her that she overdosed on sleeping pills and had to be put on a dialysis machine to clear her kidneys.

Now, Marjorie is a settled TV host, actress and a model; she helped launch the television program Entertainment Tonight as an original co-host. Well, we hope Marjorie is busy writing her memoirs because that will definitely be one book we would all like get our hand on, someday.