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Miss America 1985
DateSeptember 15, 1984
PresentersGary Collins
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
WinnerSharlene Wells Hawkes
Utah Utah
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Miss America 1985, the 58th Miss America pageant, was broadcast from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 15, 1984 on NBC Network.

The winner, Paraguay native Sharlene Wells, became the first foreign-born Miss America. She later became a horse-racing and football commentator for ESPN.

Another of the five finalists, Lauren Green, is currently a correspondent on the Fox News Channel.


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1985
1st runner-up
  • Ohio Ohio - Melissa Bradley
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Order of announcements


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Non-finalist awards

Awards Contestant



State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Special Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Tammy Little Section 23 Vocal, "Hit Me with a Hot Note" from Sophisticated Ladies Non-finalist Talent Award
Alaska Alaska Maryline Blackburn Anchorage 23 Vocal, "I Am What I Am" Non-finalist Talent Award
Arizona Arizona Rhonda White Central 20 Country Vocal Medley
Arkansas Arkansas Lisa Stevens Arkadelphia 22 Flute, "Sabre Dance" Non-finalist Talent Award
California California Donna Grace Cherry Northridge 21 Vocal, "Quando me'n vo'"
Colorado Colorado Lisa Frees Thornton 25 Vocal, "I Got Rhythm"
Connecticut Connecticut Joanne Caruso Trumbull 23 Clarinet, "Jazz Medley" Sister of Miss Connecticut 1980, Jeanne Caruso
Delaware Delaware Nancy Lynn Ball Rehoboth Beach 24 Jazz Ballet en Pointe
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Desiree Keating Silver Spring, MD 22 Interpretive Dance Later Miss District of Columbia USA 1986
Florida Florida Lisa Valdez Bradenton 21 Vocal, "Through the Eyes of Love"
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Camille Bentley Thomasville 19 Popular Vocal, "Until Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
Hawaii Hawaii Debbie Nakanelua Honolulu 26 Stylized Hula, "Hawaiian Hula Eyes" Top 10
Idaho Idaho Patty Hoag Burley 19 Popular Vocal, "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Illinois Illinois Ruth Booker Chicago 21 Vocal, "Kiss Me in the Rain"
Indiana Indiana Cynthia Yantis Fort Wayne 23 Popular Vocal, "City Lights"
Iowa Iowa Debra Deitering Missouri Valley 23 Vocal, "This is My Life"
Kansas Kansas Nancy Lee Cobb Wichita 20 Piano/Vocal, "I Love New Orleans Music"
Kentucky Kentucky Kelly Lin Brumagen Lexington 22 Vocal, "Le Jazz Hot!" from Victor/Victoria Top 10 Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
Louisiana Louisiana Nita Whitaker Shreveport 24 Popular Vocal, "Over the Rainbow" First African American to win Miss Louisiana
Maine Maine Lisa Johnson South Portland 22 Electric Violin
Maryland Maryland Mary Elizabeth Haroth Towson 25 Vocal, "Memory" from Cats
Massachusetts Massachusetts Margaret O'Brien Weymouth 26 Vocal Medley, "The Man that Got Away", "The Man I Love", & "My Man" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Previously National Sweetheart 1983
Michigan Michigan Barbara Jean Crandall Lawrence 21 Ventriloquism, "Auctioneer's Song" Non-finalist Talent Award
Minnesota Minnesota Lauren Green Minneapolis 26 Piano, "Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor" by Frédéric Chopin 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award First African American Miss Minnesota
Mississippi Mississippi Kathy Manning Drew 22 Country Vocal, "Crazy" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Later Miss Mississippi USA 1987

Top 11 at Miss USA 1987 Katharine Clare Manning Loeb died at 59 on December 23, 2021 of COVID-19 related illness in Tennessee.

Missouri Missouri Anna Schell Kennett 26 Semi-classical Vocal, Medley from The Sound of Music
Montana Montana Michele Larson Billings 21 Vocal, "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch
Nebraska Nebraska Allison Boyd Nebraska City 21 Acrobatic Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
Nevada Nevada LeAnna Grant Las Vegas 22 Vocal, "I Love Paris" Later Miss Nevada USA 1986
New Hampshire New Hampshire Corinne Lucier Hooksett 20 Vocal, "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot
New Jersey New Jersey Patricia La Terra West New York 24 Dramatic Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
New Mexico New Mexico Trina Collins Hobbs 22 Acrobatic Dance Mother of Miss Indiana 2015, Morgan Jackson
New York (state) New York Mary-Ann Farrell New York City 22 Classical Piano, Danzas Argentinas Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Sister of Miss Florida 1985, Monica Farrell

Sister of Miss Illinois 1992, Kathleen Farrell

North Carolina North Carolina Francesca Adler Fayetteville 23 Vocal, "Home" Mother of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018, Jessica Baeder
North Dakota North Dakota Callie Northagen Grand Forks 21 Piano
Ohio Ohio Melissa Ann Bradley Mansfield 23 Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" from Yentl 1st runner-up Mother of actor Chad Buchanan
Oklahoma Oklahoma Julie Sunday Owasso 21 Piano
Oregon Oregon Renee Bagley Portland 22 Popular Vocal, "Don't Cry Out Loud"
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Gina Major Huntsville 24 Vocal, Judy Garland Medley
Rhode Island Rhode Island Joanna Minisce North Smithfield 19 Modern Jazz Dance
South Carolina South Carolina Vicki Harrell Columbia 22 Piano
South Dakota South Dakota Debra Cleveland Madison 19 Classical Piano
Tennessee Tennessee Shelly Mangrum Nashville 23 Vocal, "And the World Goes 'Round" Top 10
Texas Texas Tamara Hext Fort Worth 21 Vocal, "I've Got a Crush on You" 4th runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
Utah Utah Sharlene Wells Salt Lake City 20 Spanish Vocal & Paraguyan Harp, "Mis Noches Sin Ti" Winner Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award First foreign-born Miss America

Currently on the Miss America Board of Directors

Vermont Vermont Lorrie Glosick Winooski 21 Vocal, "The Trolley Song"
Virginia Virginia Susan Carter Parker Covington 23 Classical Vocal, "My Man's Gone Now" Non-finalist Talent Award
Washington (state) Washington Rebecca Wood Spokane 21 Vocal, "If I Ruled the World"
West Virginia West Virginia Melanne Pennington Cross Lanes 24 Semi-classical Vocal, "One Kiss" from The New Moon Died from Leukemia at the age of 28 in 1988
Wisconsin Wisconsin Barbara Marie Mullally Onalaska 22 Vocal, "Here I Am"
Wyoming Wyoming Annie Easterbrook Laramie 21 Gymnastics Jazz Dance