1959 Miss Nevada


1959 Dawn Wells, RenoHOMETOWN: Reno    BIRTHDAY: October 18, 1938
AGE: 20    HAIR: Dk Brown    EYES: Green    HEIGHT: 5’3½”
EDUCATION: Graduate of Stephens College & Senior at University of Washington, drama major
TALENT: Serious dramatic reading – from Sophocles “Antigone”
  • First year the official Miss America 4 point crown used to crown Miss Nevada
  • Participated in Parade and officially greeted the actors/actresses for the premiere of “Bonanza” television series, including Lorne Greene, Don Blocker, Yvonne deCarlo, Sen. Young and Pernell Roberts.
  • Met Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs at the pre-Olympic press party along with Miss USA, Terry Huntington
  • Named one of 80 “outstanding women” out of a class of 3000 at the University of Washington which is awarded based on scholarship, activities and participation of chosen field of study
  • Miss Washington was a fellow student at Univ. of Washington and had shared appearances during their reigns
  • Boardwalk Parade float was constructed by Las Vegas Businesswomen and showcased “Las Vegas – The Convention City” and “Reno – Host to the 1960 Winter Olympics”
  • Her thoughts of the Miss America Pageant . . . . . . . .“It’s being handled beautifully. There is no disorganization, no confusion.  It’s just a wonderful experience.” – Sept 1959
  • “I’m interested in dramatics, and this is a marvelous opportunity to represent my state and my home town.” – Sept 1959
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Sponsored by Reno Soroptimist Club):
  1. Dawn Wells (Miss Nevada), Reno, Dramatic reading
  2. Donna Jensen (1st Runner-up), Sparks, Vocal
  3. Dianne Nelson (2nd Runner-up), Boulder City
  4. Beverly Staples (Miss Congeniality), Reno
  5. Del Loomis, Reno
  6. Dorothy Donnelly, Reno
  7. Stephanie Maas, Reno
  8. Ellen Hefner, Las Vegas
  9. Tamara Tenk, Carson
  10. Renee Robertson, Elko
  • Miss Nevada awarded $1000 scholarship sponsored by Pepsi-Cola along w/wardrobe & prizes
  • 1st Runner-up awarded $500 scholarship (Pepsi-Cola)
  • 2nd Runner-up awarded $250 scholarship (Soroptimist Club of Reno)
  • Congeniality awarded $250 scholarship (Harolds Club)
  • Went on to be cast in “Gilligan’s Island” television series as Mary Ann
  • Currently resides in Idaho