Julie Hayek
Hayek after becoming Miss USA 1983
Julie Lynne Hayek

(1960-10-04) October 4, 1960 (age 63)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlonde[1]
Eye colorGreen[1]
Miss Universe 1983
(1st Runner-Up)

Julie Lynne Hayek[2] (born October 4, 1960) is an American actress, model, charity worker and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 1983.

Early life

Hayek is of Czech and German descent on her father's side and Norwegian, Scottish, Irish, and English on her mother's side.[3][4][5] Her father was an airline pilot and her mother a high school guidance counselor.[6][7] She graduated from UCLA a year after holding the Miss USA title, with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in psychology.[8][9]

While cheerleading at UCLA, she was discovered. After shooting a poster for 20th Century Fox, she was asked to do a screen test by Paramount Studios head of casting Rueben Cannon, and was subsequently featured in an NBC Nightly News story. She was prominently featured in a Sports Illustrated article about the UCLA cheerleading squad, Eight Beauties and a Beat.[10]

Miss USA

Entertainers during a Christmas Eve USO show in 1983 on board the USS New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. (left to right) Miss USA Julie Hayek, Cathy Lee Crosby, Bob Hope, Ann Jillian and Brooke Shields.

Hayek won the 1983 Miss California USA title. She represented California in the 1983 Miss USA pageant held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May 1983, and became her state's fourth Miss USA titleholder. In her role, she met presidents, prime ministers and heads of state from around the world.[9] Hayek joined forces with Bob Hope and the USO in support of the nation's servicemen and women. She was a celebrity guest and entertainer for Bob Hope's USO Christmas in Beirut TV special, shot in Beirut, Lebanon, aboard the Sixth Fleet's aircraft carrier.[11]

Miss Universe

Hayek went on to represent the United States at the 1983 Miss Universe pageant, held at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. She had the highest preliminary score and won both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions during the final competition. She became first runner-up to eventual winner Lorraine Downes of New Zealand.

Life after Miss USA

As an actress, Hayek has appeared on the TV series Dallas, Twin Peaks, Moonlighting, Matlock, Hunter, Hardball and As the World Turns. She was a celebrity guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,[9] and co-hosted the 1985 revival of Break the Bank.[12] Her film credits include Commando, along with the made-for-TV movies Scandal in a Small Town and Seduction: Three Tales from the Inner Sanctum.[12]

Hayek later moved to New York to become a model and stock trader.[13] She has modeled or served as spokesperson for Kodak, Victoria's Secret, Christian Dior, Warnaco, Natori, Mary McFadden, Tissot watches, and Mattel. Hayek has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated (four times), Tattler, Health and Fitness, and Hamptons, and was on the cover of Manhattan magazine. At the Miss USA 2011 competition, she was among 31 former winners who were part of a photo shoot layout for Time.[14]


Year Title Role
1981 The Fall Guy Sally
1983 Murder Me, Murder You Second French courier
1984 Mike Hammer Sandy
1985 Commando Western Flight Attendant
1985-1986 Break The Bank Hostess (herself)
1985 Hunter Sheilla
1986 Moonlighting Bridal Candidate
1986 The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Ticket cashier
1988 Scandal in a Small Town Savannah
1989 Dallas Tanya Wilkinson
1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth Lana
1989 The Banker Terry
1990 Hardball
1991 Twin Peaks Model
1992 Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum
1999 As the World Turns Spring Lake Nurse


  1. ^ a b "Miss Universe named". The Courier. Prescott, Arizona. Associated Press. July 12, 1983. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Julie Hayek is Miss USA". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida. Associated Press. May 13, 1983. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  3. ^ Thompson, Krissa (May 18, 2010). "Miss USA's win, and symbolism, being deconstructed by bloggers". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Warikoo, Niraj (May 20, 2010), "Confirmed: Miss USA Rima Fakih first Arab-American winner", Detroit Free Press, archived from the original on January 25, 2016, retrieved May 21, 2010
  5. ^ "Miss USA", Behind the Crown, archived from the original on June 16, 2011, retrieved June 5, 2011
  6. ^ "Miss California is the new 'Miss USA'". Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Associated Press. May 11, 1983. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Gladstone, Mark (January 10, 1983). "New Rules Make Runner-Up in Beauty Contest a Winner". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Hayek, Julie, "Home Page", JulieHayek.com, retrieved May 18, 2010
  9. ^ a b c Leach, Robin. "Photos: 1983 Miss USA Julie Hayek still models 30 years later; Bold Body Bronzing in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  10. ^ Rowland, Leesa (October 28, 2013). "Former Miss USA Julie Hayek to Appear at UCLA Homecoming". ReleaseWire. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Frank, Benis M. (1987). U.S. MARINES IN LEBANON 1982–1984 (PDF). HISTORY AND MUSEUMS DIVISION, MARINE CORPS. Library of Congress Card No. 87-619851. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 12, 2014., p. 127.
  12. ^ a b Hayek, Julie, "Resume", JulieHayek.com, retrieved May 18, 2010
  13. ^ Aldridge, Kristen. "Then and Now Photos of 15 Former Beauty Queens". Shape Magazine. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  14. ^ Goto, Yumi (June 20, 2011). "Beauty Speaks: Portraits of 31 Former Miss USA Pageant Queens". Time. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
Awards and achievements Preceded by Patty Chong Kerkos Miss Universe 1st runner up Succeeded by Leticia Snyman Preceded by Terri Utley Miss USA 1983 Succeeded by Mai Shanley Preceded bySuzanne Dewames Miss California USA 1983 Succeeded byTheresa Ring