1936’s ideal girl

The March 14 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photo of three woman who had, in succession, been crowned as the “ideal girl” of 1934, 1935, and 1936:

A search revealed a photo of Ethel Hampton, the 1934 winner, wearing the same crown that Ms. Quigley is wearing in the photo above. The award was held as part of the annual International Convention of Beauty Culturists. The New York Times had articles in its March 20 1934 and March 21 1934 editions about the convention; not surprisingly, they concluded that beauty was important.

There are some entries for Ethel Hampton in the Internet Broadway Database; she (assuming this is the same Ethel Hampton as in the photo) appeared in Broadway productions between 1931 and 1937.

Marion Pierce, the 1935 winner, has an Internet Movie Database entry that includes a biography. Born Marion Hughes, she was married three times; her second marriage was to Andrew Granville Pierce III, whom she divorced in 1937. In the 1950s, she ran a nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 86.

I could find nothing definite about Marian Quigley; searches turn up a more recent author and artist with the same name. The Internet Movie Database has an entry for Marion Quigley, who appeared in the movie Reckless Decision in 1933; this might have been her.

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