1952 Miss Nevada

SYLVIA RUSSELL (APRIL 1952-JUNE 1952)

1952 Bonnie Wilson, Reno

HOMETOWN: Las Vegas     AGE: 19
 
OCCUPATION: Worked with Bonanza Airlines
 
TRIVIA: 
  • Crowned in April and within 2 months of being crowned eloped/married her press agent. 
  • Lost job with Bonanza Airlines due to the new married status
  • 2 months after married, granted divorce and restored her maiden name

BONNIE LECLAIRE WILSON (JUNE 1952-1953)

HOMETOWN: Reno    BIRTHDAY: December 15, 1933
 
AGE: 18    HAIR: Light Brown    EYES: Green    HEIGHT: 5’6”
 
EDUCATION:    Reno High School student
    Plans to attend San Jose State College, majoring in Occupational Therapy
 
OCCUPATION: Student
 
TALENT: Sketch artist, at Miss America she sketched in two rhythms and did an 8-foot likeness of the Miss Liberty statue
 
TRIVIA: 
  • Miss Nevada crown was made of Nevada silver & gold and was set with stones found in Nevada
  • She chose her college major, Occupational Therapy, because her younger brother was a victim of cerebral palsy
  • Photographed with Marilyn Monroe at Miss America registration, Monroe was the Grand Marshall of the Boardwalk parade
  • In later years, she ran for state senate (1974) and for mayor of Reno (1979)
 
QUOTES:
  • “We need therapists in Nevada and I want to help others like my brother” 
  • “College comes first in my plans”
 
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Sponsored by Nevada Jr Chamber of Commerce):
  • 8 CONTESTANTS/SPONSORS/TALENT
  1. Sylvia Russell (Miss Nevada 2 mos.), Las Vegas, Vocalist
  2. Bonnie Wilson (Miss Nevada 10 mos.), Miss Reno, Artist
  3. Bonnie Burke, Miss Winnemucca, Tumbling act
  4. Evelyn Williams, Miss Churchill County, Sketch of Miss Nevada experience
  5. Marthelle Mott, Miss Boulder City, Piano
  6. Ethel Martin, Miss Elko, Vocalist
  7. Barbara Billings, Miss Carson, Vocalist
  8. Janelle Glock, Miss Douglas County, Vocalist
  • Bonnie was given title by Miss America Pageant after marriage drama of Sylvia Russell.
 
LATER YEARS
  • In 1978, Mother of 5 sons – Jay, Lex, Troy, Cory & Jamy
  • Grandmother of 3 girls
  • Ran for state senator in 1974 and the Mayor of Reno in 1979