Miss USA 1976
US President Gerald Ford meets with Peterson in 1976
DateMay 15, 1976
PresentersBob Barker
EntertainmentEngelbert Humperdinck
VenueNiagara Falls, New York
WinnerBarbara Peterson
Minnesota Minnesota
PhotogenicLiz Wickersham
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
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Miss USA 1976 was the 25th Miss USA pageant, televised live by CBS from Niagara Falls, New York on May 15, 1976.

The pageant was won by Barbara Peterson of Minnesota, who succeeded outgoing titleholder Summer Bartholomew of California.[1] Peterson was the first – and to date only – woman from Minnesota to win the Miss USA title, and went on to participate at Miss Universe 1976, where she became the first Miss USA titleholder to fail to advance to the semi-final stage of the pageant.


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1976
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Top 12


  1. ^ a b c d e f "It's All a Dream World for the New Miss U.S.A." The Kansas City Times. Associated Press. May 17, 1976. p. 9. Retrieved 25 July 2023.