Hillevi Rombin

Hillevi Rombin

Crowned Miss Sweden and fourth winner of the annual Miss Universe international beauty pageant in 1955
Date of Birth: 14.09.1933
Country: Sweden

  1. Biography of Hillevi Rombin
  2. Early Life and Sports Career
  3. Miss Universe and Acting Career
  4. Marriage and Family Life
  5. Tragic End

Biography of Hillevi Rombin

Hillevi Rombin, born as Hillevi A.K. Rombin on September 14, 1933, in Uppsala, Sweden, was a crowned Miss Sweden and the fourth runner-up in the annual Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1955. As of 2010, she remains the only deceased holder of the Miss Universe title since the inception of the competition.

Hillevi Rombin

Early Life and Sports Career

Before participating in beauty pageants, Rombin became the Swedish champion in the decathlon. She excelled in gymnastics, track and field, and downhill skiing.

Hillevi Rombin

Miss Universe and Acting Career

After winning the Miss Universe title, the blue-eyed blonde beauty arrived in Hollywood to fulfill her acting contract with Universal Pictures, which was part of her winner's package. She studied acting under John Gavin, Clint Eastwood, and Barbara Eden. Rombin landed small roles in a couple of Universal Pictures' films to gain experience and delve into the world of acting. She can be seen in the 1955 drama "The Benny Goodman Story" as a woman seeking an autograph, and in the 1957 adventure drama "Istanbul" directed by Joseph Pevney, where she appears as a stewardess towards the end of the film.

Marriage and Family Life

However, before receiving further acting offers, Rombin got married and decided to step away from her acting career. While fulfilling her responsibilities as Miss Universe, she embarked on a journey across the United States, where she met her future husband, G. David Schine. Schine's family was involved in the hotel business, and he later became involved in the film and music industry. Rombin and Schine tied the knot in 1957 and spent nearly 40 years together, raising six children.

Tragic End

In 1996, Rombin, her husband David, and one of their sons tragically died in an airplane crash. Shortly after takeoff, one of the engines failed. Rombin was 62 years old at the time of her death, becoming the first deceased Miss Universe. All three were buried together at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.