Shawn Weatherly
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Shawn Weatherly in the Oval Office, 1981
Shawn Nichols Weatherly

Chip Harris
(m. 1994)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980
Miss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980

Shawn Nichols Weatherly is an American actress and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980. She went on to star as Cadet Karen Adams in the film Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and as Jill Riley in the first season of the TV series Baywatch (1989–90).

Early life

The youngest of three children, Weatherly was born in San Antonio, Texas, to her mother Joanne, a former Christian Dior model; and her father, a member of the US Air Force stationed in San Antonio. When Weatherly was 9, her family moved to Sumter, South Carolina, where she spent the remainder of her childhood years. She is a 1977 graduate of Sumter High School.[citation needed]

Weatherly attended Clemson University as a nursing major. She was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.[1]


Beauty pageants

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The Miss USA 1980 pageant was televised live from Biloxi, Mississippi. Weatherly won the preliminary competition by a clear margin, and went on to win all three rounds of the final competition (interview, evening gown, and swimsuit). She was the only woman to score above 9.0 in the preliminary rounds and in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Weatherly was the second contestant from South Carolina to win the title.

In July 1980, Weatherly competed in the Miss Universe pageant held in Seoul, South Korea, where again she won all rounds of competition. Her closest rivals were Miss Scotland Linda Gallagher, who was first runner-up, and Denyse Nottle of New Zealand (who placed second in the interview and swimsuit competitions), who was second runner-up.

Weatherly was the fifth Miss Universe from the United States. Miriam Stevenson, the only other Miss USA from South Carolina, had won the title in 1954, making South Carolina one of the most successful states in the national pageant circuit. At the end of her reign, she crowned Irene Saez of Venezuela as her successor. After Weatherly, no Miss USA became Miss Universe until Chelsi Smith in 1995.

Film and television

Weatherly is best known for her work as Jill Riley on the television show Baywatch and for the early reality show Oceanquest, which had her swimming with sharks.[2][3][4] She played a small part on a Dukes of Hazzard episode, "Coy vs. Vance," and appeared in other shows such as The A-Team, T. J. Hooker and Happy Days.[5] She also had a main role in the 1986 comedy film Police Academy 3: Back in Training.[6] In 2014, she was in the horror comedy film, Love in the Time of Monsters.[5]

Personal life

In 1994 she married Chip Harris, president of a biotech research company, and they have two children together. Previously she had relationships with Lee Majors and Dwight Clark.[1][7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 T.J. Hooker Claudia Cole
The Dukes of Hazzard Billie Ann Baxley
The A-Team Woman driving through garage
Happy Days Sissy
1984 Cannonball Run II Girl in Jamie Blake's (Dean Martin's) bed
1986 Police Academy 3: Back in Training Cadet Karen Adams
1987 The New Leave It to Beaver Christine
1987 Matlock Debra O'Keefe
1987–1988 J.J. Starbuck Jill Starbuck
1989–1990 Baywatch Jill Riley
1990 Thieves of Fortune Petra Christopher
1992 Amityville: It's About Time Andrea Livingston
1995 Murder, She Wrote Kate Danbury
1999 Chicago Hope Carol Derricks


  1. ^ a b Apodaca, Patrice (24 June 2011). "Miss Universe gives more than beauty tips". The Los Angeles Times. No. Daily Pilot. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. ^ Shales, Tom (10 March 1990). "TROUBLESOME CHARACTERS GET DEEP-SIXED". The Sun-Sentinel.
  3. ^ Shales, Tom (11 March 1990). "JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK INTO PRIME TIME TV . . ". Deseret News.
  5. ^ a b Longmire, Becca (2 June 2016). "You'll never BELIEVE what Baywatch sex symbol Jill Riley looks like nowadays..." Daily Express. UK. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Police Academy 3: Back in Training". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. ^ "The Harris team". The Orange County Register. 14 May 2006.
  8. ^ Faber, Nancy (21 January 1985). "San Francisco's Top Receiver Dwight Clark, Thinks His Best Catch May Be His Wife, Ashley". People Magazine. was known as much for his romance with former Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly
Awards and achievements Preceded by Maritza Sayalero Miss Universe 1980 Succeeded by Irene Sáez Preceded by Mary Therese Friel Miss USA 1980 Succeeded by Jineane Ford Preceded byJanice McDonald Miss South Carolina USA 1980 Succeeded byZade Turner