Miss USA 1970
Debbie Shelton being crowned Miss USA 1970
DateMay 16, 1970
PresentersBob Barker
EntertainmentRicky Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band
VenueMiami Beach, Florida
BroadcasterCBS, WTVJ
WinnerDeborah Shelton
Virginia Virginia
CongenialityDiane Swendeman
Texas Texas
PhotogenicDeborah Shelton
Virginia Virginia
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Miss USA 1970 was the 19th Miss USA pageant, televised live by CBS from Miami Beach, Florida on May 16, 1970.

The pageant was won by Deborah Shelton of Virginia, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Wendy Dascomb, also of Virginia[1] – the first time in Miss USA history that a state won back-to-back titles. Shelton went on to place as 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1970. She later became an actress who appeared in the film Body Double and on a number of television series, including Dallas.


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1970
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up


  1. ^ a b c d e "Miss USA title won by Virginia girl". Arizona Republic. Associated Press. 17 May 1970. p. 5. Retrieved 24 July 2023.