Brandi Sherwood

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Brandi Sherwood
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Brandi Sherwood
(1971-01-13) January 13, 1971 (age 43)
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss Idaho Teen USA 1989
Miss Teen USA 1989
Miss Idaho USA 1997
Miss USA 1997
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen USA 1989 (Winner)
Miss USA 1997
(1st Runner-Up)[note 1]
Spouse Dean Cochran

Brandi Sherwood (born January 13, 1971) is an American model and pageant winner. She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was Miss USA 1997 and (at age 18) Miss Teen USA 1989[1] and was a frequent rotating Barker's Beauty model on the US daytime television game show The Price Is Right from 2002-2009.

Pageant history[edit]

In 1997, she won the Miss Idaho USA title and represented her state at Miss USA 1997. She became first runner up to eventual Miss USA, Brook Mahealani Lee. Sherwood assumed the Miss USA title when Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997 in Miami. Sherwood held the titles of Miss Idaho Teen USA and Miss Idaho USA. To date, Sherwood is the only woman to have held the titles of both Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

During her reign as Miss USA, Sherwood worked with Special Olympics. She has also worked with the DARE program and continues to volunteer her time speaking to students about resisting drugs and violence.

Life after pageants[edit]

In 1996, Sherwood allegedly was invited on a modeling trip with six other women to Brunei by her friend, former Miss USA Shannon Marketic. Marketic later claimed in a lawsuit against the ruling family of Brunei that she was held against her will for 30 days.[2] The lawsuit was thrown out because of the royal family's immunity as heads of state.[3]

She also has acted in a few movies including Shark Zone, released in 2003.

Lawsuit against The Price Is Right[edit]

Sherwood was a model on the long running game show The Price Is Right. In 1999, she married movie actor Dean Cochran. The Price Is Right host Drew Carey announced on the show's February 13, 2009 broadcast that Sherwood and Cochran were expecting twins in the summer, with a scheduled due date of June 12, 2009. Sherwood took time off for the rest of Season 37 and into Season 38, as episodes begin taping in late May to early June 2009. On February 23, 2010, the show declined her request to be booked again on the show. She filed a lawsuit against FremantleMedia in 2010 and won a reported $775,000 in November 2012,[4] later increased elevenfold to over $8.5 million to include punitive damages.[5]

On March 12, 2013, Sherwood was stripped of her lawsuit winnings when the trial court ordered that the case be reheard due to a recent state supreme court decision. Judge Kevin Brazile said that in February, two months after Sherwood declared victory, a state Supreme Court ruling affirmed the defense's argument that Brazile should have instructed the jury to determine whether pregnancy discrimination was a "substantial motivating factor" in the producers' decision. A retrial hearing is scheduled for March 22.[6]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

note 1 Sherwood was originally 1st Runner-Up, but became Miss USA after the original titleholder, Brook Lee, won Miss Universe. Due to pageant protocol Miss USA must resign her title in the event she wins Miss Universe.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hawaii Brook Lee
Miss USA
1997
Succeeded by
Massachusetts Shawnae Jebbia
Preceded by
Tracy Yarbrough
Miss Idaho USA
1997
Succeeded by
Calley Anne Slagle
Preceded by
Oregon Mindy Duncan
Miss Teen USA
1989
Succeeded by
Oregon Bridgette Wilson
Preceded by
Jody Walker
Miss Idaho Teen USA
1989
Succeeded by
Renee Griggs