Miss USA 1985 (Jayverse)

Miss USA 1985, the 34th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Lakeland Civic Auditorium in Lakeland, Florida on May 13, 1985, in honor of the city's centennial anniversary with a special cameo appearance by Mayor Thomas R. Shaw. At the conclusion of the final competition, Laura Harring of Texas was crowned Miss USA 1985 by outgoing titleholder Mai Shanley of New Mexico.

Harring was the first Latina to win the crown. She later became an actress, appearing in a number of films including Mulholland Drive and as John Travolta's wife in The Punisher.

The Pageant was aired UBC (USA) and CTV (Canada) and is hosted by Jim Perry with Joan Van Ark and Miss Canada 1981 Dominique Dufour

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1985
  • Texas - Laura Harring
1st runner-up & Miss World USA 1985
  • New Mexico - Brenda Denton
2nd runner-up
  • Illinois - Laura Ann Bach
3rd runner-up
  • Louisiana - Sarie Joubert
4th runner-up
  • Minnesota - Kari Lee Johnson
Top 10
  • Arizona - Michelle Ducote
  • Hawaii - Tina Machado
  • Massachusetts - Mercedes Waggoner
  • Missouri - Amy Ruth Coverdale
  • Oklahoma - Sophia Henderson

Final Competition

State Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
Texas 9.140 (1) 9.155 (3) 9.222 (1) 9.466 (1) 9.281 (1)
New Mexico 8.881 (2) 8.822 (6) 9.177 (2) 9.111 (2) 9.036 (4)
Illinois 8.558 (7) 9.288 (2) 9.033 (5) 8.833 (10) 9.051 (3)
Louisiana 8.597 (5) 9.311 (1) 9.100 (3) 9.033 (5) 9.148 (2)
Minnesota 8.536 (9) 8.855 (5) 9.066 (4) 9.033 (5) 8.984 (5)
Arizona 8.536 (9) 8.611 (9) 9.012 (6) 9.100 (3) 8.907 (6)
Missouri 8.562 (6) 8.722 (7) 8.955 (7) 8.866 (8) 8.847 (7)
Hawaii 8.544 (8) 8.900 (4) 8.688 (9) 8.933 (7) 8.840 (8)
Massachusetts 8.721 (4) 8.700 (8) 8.788 (8) 8.855 (9) 8.781 (9)
Oklahoma 8.870 (3) 8.611 (9) 8.677 (10) 9.044 (4) 8.777 (10)

Delegates and Troupe

The Miss USA 1985 delegates were:

State Name Hometown Age1 Height Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Allison Sawyer Birmingham 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Alaska Kari Moore Fairbanks 18 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Arizona Michelle Ducote Tempe 22 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm) Top 10
Arkansas Susan Dean Osceola 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
California Zina Ponder Long Beach 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Colorado Lynnette Jessen Denver 23 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm) Previously Miss Colorado 1981
Connecticut Adrianne Hazelwood Hamden 18 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 1984
Delaware Sheila Saints Wilmington 21 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
District of Columbia Christal Chacon Washington, D.C. 18 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Florida Barbi Losh North Miami Beach 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Georgia Amanda Smith Smyrna 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Hawaii Tina Machado Honolulu 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Top 10
Idaho Sheri Rose Boise 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Illinois Laura Bach Elmhurst 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) 2nd runner-up
Indiana Theresa Hobbs Bloomington 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Iowa Devin Steinberg Manson 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Kansas Jill Denzin Leawood 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Kentucky Robyn Overbey Calvert City 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Miss Photogenic
Louisiana Sarie Joubert Shreveport 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) 3rd runner-up
Maine Tracie Samara Portland 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Maryland Christine Marie Baldwin 20 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Massachusetts Mercedes Waggoner Boston 21 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Top 10
Michigan Nancy Mazuro Washington 17 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Minnesota Kari Lee Johnson Minneapolis 20 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm) 4th runner-up
Mississippi Camille Gilliland Meridian 19 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Missouri Amy Coverdale Columbia 22 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Top 10
Montana Julie Knox Bozeman 19 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Nebraska Lori Straight Omaha 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Nevada Alicia Berger Las Vegas 19 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Entertainment reporter for KVBC-DT and regular contributor for Access Hollywood
New Hampshire Janice LaCroix Manchester 21 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
New Jersey Francie Knapp Linwood 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
New Mexico Brenda Denton Hobbs 21 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 1st runner-up Represented the United States in Miss World 1985 where she placed as Second Runner Up
New York Lovey King Yonkers 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
North Carolina Kate Kenney Raleigh 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
North Dakota Regina Schatz Fargo 22 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Ohio Lisa Barlow Vandalia 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Oklahoma Sophia Henderson Tulsa 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Top 10
Oregon Jodi Unruh Eugene 20 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Pennsylvania Sandi Ferguson Jefferson Hills 18 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Rhode Island Dana Wilson Riverside 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
South Carolina Ann Margarete Hughes Summerville 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
South Dakota Stacey Arnold Rapid City 21 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Tennessee Marty Browning Chattanooga 24 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm) Miss Congeniality First deaf Miss USA contestant.
Texas Laura Harring El Paso 21 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Winner Born in Mexico
Utah Kim Thompson Salt Lake City 18 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Vermont Angie Cummingham Rutland 20 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Virginia Dana Bryant Richmond 18 5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Washington Sherry Rials Bellevue 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
West Virginia Lorre Lewis Barboursville 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Wisconsin Deborah Lynn Strauss Thiensville 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Wyoming Wendy Hartwigsen Gillette 19 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)

The Troupe in this years pageant who had sang and danced but didn't compete include Kathy Rosenwinkel (who finished 2nd Runner Up in the 1985 Miss Florida USA Pageant and went on to win the 1986 Miss Florida USA Title) along with Colleen Geraghty (1st Runner Up at Miss Florida USA 1985) along with Semi-FInalists, Angela Overstreet, Cindy Peal, Dianna Austin, Erin Murphy, Jill Kuhfeld, Kelly Kappel, Kim Roman, Lisa Wilkinson, Patee Hester, Sandra Porterfield, Sharon Ennes and Vonda Flowers, 3 Runner Ups in the 1985 Miss Texas USA Pageant (Tonya Beddingfield, Karla Self & Leigh Ann Medaris) along with a couple Miss Texas USA Contestants from that pageant (including Christi Deakin who won Best in Swimsuit in the 1985 Miss Texas USA Pageant) among others as well as a Handful of 1985 Miss Teen USA Contestants including Miss Teen USA 1985, Kelly Hu (Representing Hawaii) in which she performed in the Troupe rather than Competing for the Title of Miss USA that year, however Kelly went on to Represent Hawaii in the 1993 Miss USA Pageant which took place in Wichita, KS and won Miss Photogenic and Made The Top 6 in that pageant as well as a Handful of Miss Canada Contestants in which CTV aired the 1985 Miss USA Pageant including Karen Tilley (who went on to represent Canada in That Year's Miss Universe Pageant in Calgary, AB), Michelle Tambling, Kathrin Nicholson and Tannis Hargrave among others.

Judges

  • Breck Jamieson
  • Patricia Maxwell
  • Rory Calhoun
  • Robert Hirschfeld
  • Jean Ruth Scott
  • Syd Mead
  • Jimmy Messina
  • Terri Utley, Miss USA 1982 from Arkansas
  • Martha Smith
  • Eric Dickerson
  • Richard Anderson