She’s Miss U.S.

Here’s a photo from the June 17 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a beauty contest winner.

Irene Ware (1910-1993), born Irene Ahlberg, wound up being runner-up in the Miss Universe contest held at Galveston. She then appeared in some of Earl Carroll’s shows, including the 1930 and 1931 editions of Vanities, before signing a movie contract with Fox in 1932 and taking her stage name.

Ms. Ware appeared in movies until 1940, including The Raven (1935) with Bela Lugosi, a movie that critics uniformly panned (though it apparently wasn’t her fault). Nothing particularly memorable seems to have happened to her after that – though, sadly, Wikipedia reports that she suffered from severe dementia in her final years.

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