Miss USA 1980
Jineane Ford, Miss USA 1980
DateMay 15, 1980
EntertainmentDonny Osmond
VenueGulf Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
WinnerShawn Weatherly
South Carolina South Carolina
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Miss USA 1980 was the 29th Miss USA pageant, televised live on May 15 from the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi on CBS.

The pageant was won by Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina, who succeeded Mary Therese Friel of New York.[1] Weatherly would later win the Miss Universe 1980 pageant, and first runner-up Jineane Ford of Arizona inherited the Miss USA title for the remainder of the year. Weatherly later became an actress, featured in the television series Baywatch.



Final Results[1] Contestant
Miss USA 1980
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 12

Weatherly won Miss Universe 1980. Due to protocol, Weatherly resigns her title as Miss USA 1980. 1st runner-up, Jineane Ford, replaces her as Miss USA.


  1. ^ a b Goggin, Terry (16 May 1980). "The new Miss USA, Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina". Hattiesburg American. p. 9. Retrieved 21 July 2023.