Miss California, Marguerite Skliris (far left), poses with other entrants and Miss America at the center. She was third runner-up in the Miss America 1939 competition.
“Patricia Mary Donnelly, Miss Michigan, became the first woman of her state to win the [Miss America] title. The pageant was staged on the world famous Steel Pier [Atlantic City, New Jersey] for the last time.”
Excerpt and image from http://missamerica.org/our-history/ .
A different woman, Janet Mantell of Culver City, was named Miss California in this 1939 newspaper article. There may have been more than one beauty pageant using the title.
Chicago Tribune article and photo from http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1939/08/16/page/15/article/culver-city-girl-chosen-miss-california-of-1939 .