Saluting Marilyn Thomas — Miss Muscle Beach 1953

Marilyn Thomas
Marilyn Thomas in an undated photo on Muscle Beach.

In 2005, I did a blog post for the 1947project on Miss Muscle Beach of 1947. Back then, only the Los Angeles Times was online, so when I listed the winners, I couldn’t verify who took the title of Miss Muscle Beach 1953. I said: “Not recorded, possibly Marilyn Thomas.”

From left, Barbara Thomason, left, Marilyn Thomas, center, and Shirley Kilpatrick. The man in the center is unidentified. Photo possibly by George Tate, courtesy of Tani Nauman.

Except for reposting the item in 2018, I forgot all about it. But Google remembers. And over the weekend I got a note from Tani Nauman about her mother, Marilyn Thomas, Miss Muscle Beach of 1953. Nauman also sent these pictures.

(You may recall that second-place winner Barbara Thomason, Miss Muscle Beach 1954, appeared in several movies as Carolyn Mitchell and was fifth wife of actor Mickey Rooney. She died in a 1966 murder-suicide with small-time actor Milos Milosevic.)


Here’s Marilyn Thomas in the San Bernardino Daily Sun, July 3, 1953.

Glad I could fill in the blank, even 15 years later.

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2 Responses to Saluting Marilyn Thomas — Miss Muscle Beach 1953

  1. Gary says:

    The Wikipedia post on Ed Fury has one foto of him in a pose very similar to this…I think this is Ed Fury circa 1953-54.


  2. Bern says:

    I dated your mother the fall of 1953. Just moves and dinner. I helped he change a flat tire. I lived near muscle beach and worked at the nearby Kaiser hospital. Nice memories of a sweet lady. Bernie you


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