Miss USA 1985
Miss USA 1985 closing titles.jpg
DateMay 13, 1985
PresentersBob Barker and Joan Van Ark
EntertainmentKool and The Gang, Lee Greenwood
VenueLakeland Civic Auditorium, Lakeland, Florida
BroadcasterCBS, WTVT WCPX-TV
Entrants51
Placements10
WinnerLaura Harring
Texas Texas
CongenialityTennessee Martha Browning
PhotogenicKentucky Robyn Overbey
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Miss USA 1985 was the 34th Miss USA pageant, televised live from the Lakeland Civic Auditorium in Lakeland, Florida on May 13, 1985, in honor of the city's centennial anniversary with a special cameo appearance by Mayor Thomas R. Shaw. At the conclusion of the final competition, Laura Harring of Texas was crowned Miss USA 1985 by outgoing titleholder Mai Shanley of New Mexico.

Miss USA 1985 opening titles
Miss USA 1985 opening titles

Harring was the first Latina to win the crown. She later became an actress, appearing in a number of films including Mulholland Drive and as John Travolta's character's wife in The Punisher.

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1985
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Final Competition

  Winner
  First runner-up
  Second runner-up
  Third runner-up
  Fourth runner-up
(#) Rank in each round of competition
State Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
Texas Texas 9.140 (1) 9.155 (3) 9.222 (1) 9.466 (1) 9.281 (1)
New Mexico New Mexico 8.881 (2) 8.822 (6) 9.177 (2) 9.111 (2) 9.036 (4)
Illinois Illinois 8.558 (7) 9.288 (2) 9.033 (5) 8.833 (10) 9.051 (3)
Louisiana Louisiana 8.597 (5) 9.311 (1) 9.100 (3) 9.033 (5) 9.148 (2)
Minnesota Minnesota 8.536 (9) 8.855 (5) 9.066 (4) 9.033 (5) 8.984 (5)
Arizona Arizona 8.536 (9) 8.611 (9) 9.012 (6) 9.100 (3) 8.907 (6)
Missouri Missouri 8.562 (6) 8.722 (7) 8.955 (7) 8.866 (8) 8.847 (7)
Hawaii Hawaii 8.544 (8) 8.900 (4) 8.688 (9) 8.933 (7) 8.840 (8)
Massachusetts Massachusetts 8.721 (4) 8.700 (8) 8.788 (8) 8.855 (9) 8.781 (9)
Oklahoma Oklahoma 8.870 (3) 8.611 (9) 8.677 (10) 9.044 (4) 8.777 (10)

Historical significance

Delegates

The Miss USA 1985 delegates were:[1]

State Name Hometown Age1 Height Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Allison Sawyer Birmingham 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Alaska Alaska Kari Moore Fairbanks 18 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Arizona Arizona Michelle Ducote Tempe 22 5 ft 10+12 in (179 cm) Top 10
Arkansas Arkansas Susan Dean Osceola 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
California California Zina Ponder Long Beach 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Colorado Colorado Lynnette Jessen Denver 23 5 ft 8+12 in (174 cm) Previously Miss Colorado 1981
Connecticut Connecticut Adrianne Hazelwood Hamden 18 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 1984
Delaware Delaware Sheila Saints Wilmington 21 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Christal Chacon Washington, D.C. 18 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Florida Florida Barbi Losh North Miami Beach 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Amanda Smith Smyrna 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Hawaii Hawaii Tina Machado Honolulu 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Top 10
Idaho Idaho Sheri Rose Boise 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Illinois Illinois Laura Bach Elmhurst 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) 2nd runner-up
Indiana Indiana Theresa Hobbs Bloomington 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Iowa Iowa Devin Steinberg Manson 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Kansas Kansas Jill Denzin Leawood 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Kentucky Kentucky Robyn Overbey Calvert City 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Miss Photogenic
Louisiana Louisiana Sarie Joubert Shreveport 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) 3rd runner-up
Maine Maine Tracie Samara Portland 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Maryland Maryland Christine Marie Baldwin 20 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Massachusetts Massachusetts Mercedes Waggoner Boston 21 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Top 10
Michigan Michigan Nancy Mazuro Washington 17 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Minnesota Minnesota Kari Lee Johnson Minneapolis 20 5 ft 8+12 in (174 cm) 4th runner-up
Mississippi Mississippi Camille Gilliland Meridian 19 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Missouri Missouri Amy Coverdale Columbia 22 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Top 10
Montana Montana Julie Knox Bozeman 19 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Nebraska Nebraska Lori Straight Omaha 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Nevada Nevada Alicia Berger Las Vegas 19 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Entertainment reporter for KVBC-DT and regular contributor for Access Hollywood
New Hampshire New Hampshire Janice LaCroix Manchester 21 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
New Jersey New Jersey Francie Knapp Linwood 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
New Mexico New Mexico Brenda Denton Hobbs 21 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 1st runner-up Represented the United States in Miss World 1985 where she placed as Second Runner Up
New York (state) New York Lovey King Yonkers 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
North Carolina North Carolina Kate Kenney Raleigh 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
North Dakota North Dakota Regina Schatz Fargo 22 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Ohio Ohio Lisa Barlow Vandalia 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Oklahoma Oklahoma Sophia Henderson Tulsa 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Top 10
Oregon Oregon Jodi Unruh Eugene 20 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Sandi Ferguson Jefferson Hills 18 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Rhode Island Rhode Island Dana Wilson Riverside 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
South Carolina South Carolina Ann Margarete Hughes Summerville 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
South Dakota South Dakota Stacey Arnold Rapid City 21 5 ft 5+12 in (166 cm)
Tennessee Tennessee Martha Browning Chattanooga 24 5 ft 5+12 in (166 cm) Miss Congeniality First deaf Miss USA contestant.[2]
Texas Texas Laura Harring El Paso 21 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Winner Born in Mexico
Utah Utah Kim Thompson Salt Lake City 18 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Vermont Vermont Angie Cummingham Rutland 20 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Virginia Virginia Dana Bryant Richmond 18 5 ft 7+12 in (171 cm)
Washington (state) Washington Sherry Rials Bellevue 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
West Virginia West Virginia Lorre Lewis Barboursville 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Wisconsin Wisconsin Deborah Lynn Strauss Thiensville 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Wyoming Wyoming Wendy Hartwigsen Gillette 19 5 ft 10+12 in (179 cm)

Judges

See also

References

  1. ^ "A Look at Miss USA". Lakeland Ledger. 1985-05-12.
  2. ^ "New Language". The Times-News. 1985-04-27.