Linda Bement

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Linda Bement
Bement as Miss Universe 1960
Linda Jeanne Bement

(1941-11-02)November 2, 1941
DiedMarch 19, 2018(2018-03-19) (aged 76)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
(m. 1962; div. 1969)
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Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Utah USA 1960
Miss USA 1960
Miss Universe 1960
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen
Miss Utah USA 1960
Miss USA 1960
Miss Universe 1960

Linda Jeanne Bement (November 2, 1941 – March 19, 2018) was an American model and beauty queen who became the third Miss USA to be crowned Miss Universe.[2]

Miss Universe 1960[edit]

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[3] Bement was the second woman from Utah to be crowned Miss USA. She represented the United States in the Miss Universe 1960 pageant, broadcast from Miami Beach, Florida, where she was crowned the winner of the title by Miss Universe 1959 Akiko Kojima of Japan. The 1960 pageant was the first Miss Universe pageant to be televised nationwide.[4]

Life after Miss Universe[edit]

In 1962, she married Panamanian-born and future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racing jockey Manuel Ycaza. The couple had two children, then divorced in November 1969.[5] She died of natural causes on March 19, 2018, at her home in Salt Lake City.[2]


  1. ^ "Utah Beauty Named New Miss USA". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 1960-07-08. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ a b "Linda Jeanne Bement's Obituary". The Salt Lake Tribune. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  3. ^ "Linda Bement at Mormon World Records". Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Newsreel footage of her Miss Universe win (Pathé)
  5. ^ Linda Bement/Manuel Ycaza 1969 divorce notice in TIME magazine

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe
Succeeded by