Miss USA 1965
DateJune 4, 1965
VenueMiami Beach, Florida
BroadcasterCBS, WTVJ
Entrants47
Placements15
WinnerSue Downey
Ohio Ohio
CongenialityMinnesota Elizabeth Carroll
Tennessee Bonnie Perkins
Best State CostumeAlaska Carla Sullivan
PhotogenicOklahoma Cheryl Semrad
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Miss USA 1965, the 14th Miss USA pageant, took place in Miami Beach, Florida on June 4, 1965. This was the first Miss USA pageant to be televised live (on the CBS network), and the first to be a self-contained production, held several weeks before, and independent of, the Miss Universe pageant.

The pageant was won by Sue Downey of Ohio, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Bobbi Johnson of the District of Columbia. Downey went on to place as 2nd runner-up to Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand at Miss Universe 1965. Pageant finalist Dianna Lynn Batts (better known as Dian Parkinson from The Price Is Right) later won the 1965 Miss World USA title, and placed 1st runner-up to Lesley Langley of the United Kingdom at Miss World 1965.

Results

Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1965
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 15

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best State Costume

Historical significance

Delegates

The Miss USA 1965 delegates were:

No state delegate: Idaho, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia