Born: January 30, 1915 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: June 8, 1934 in Altadena, California, U.S.
# She began entering and winning beauty pageants and at the age of 15 won the title of "Miss New Orleans" in 1930.
# That same year she attended the International Pageant of Pulchritude in Galveston, Texas, and won. With this success. she established a successful vaudeville act. Although she had received better offers, she decided to enter the vaudeville circuit, because she believed it would enable her to help her friend Dorothy Lamour rise to fame, a promise she had made shortly before winning the Miss Universe title.