Deborah Carthy-Deu

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Deborah Carthy-Deu
Deborah Carthy-Deu

(1966-01-05) January 5, 1966 (age 53)
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
TitleMiss San Juan 1985
Miss Puerto Rico 1985
Miss Universe 1985
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorLight Brown
Eye colorGreen
Miss Puerto Rico 1985
Miss Universe 1985

Deborah Carthy-Deu (born January 5, 1966) is a Puerto Rican actress, TV Host and beauty queen. She is known for being the second Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. The contest was held at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida on July 15, 1985.


Early years[edit]

Deborah Carthy-Deu was born on January 5, 1966 in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Ramón Carthy Sanchez[1] and Vicky Sanz Deu, of Irish and of Puerto Rican descent. Her mother directed an academy for ballet and modeling, Academia de Ballet y Modelaje Vicky Sanz, under the name of Vicky Sanz.[2] Her father was a photography director. At age nine she started to take ballet classes at the school her mother directed. She was trained as a classical ballerina.[3] She attended an elementary catholic school and later enrolled in the ninth grade at Commonwealth High School. From age thirteen on she spent her summers in New York City taking dance classes. She later attended the University of Puerto Rico pursued a major in drama. At thirteen she also auditioned for Ballet Concierto and becomes part of the dance company and later a soloist.

Miss Universe[edit]

While she was in college, she was selected Miss San Juan on March 22, 1985 and later Miss Puerto Rico on April 27, 1985.[4] On July 15, 1985, she was crowned Miss Universe 1985 representing Puerto Rico in Miami, Florida.

After traveling the world as Miss Universe, she went to Argentina to portray the leading character in the telenovela El Cisne Blanco.[4] An offer she could not refuse and that allowed her to continue working both as an actress and a model internationally, as well as an Emcee and Television host for both Univision and Telemundo Network.

Post Miss Universe[edit]

Aside from representing her home country in the Miss Universe pageant, and winning this title, Deborah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico and obtained the Theater Medal, awarded to the most distinguished graduate. She majored in Theater Arts and Education.

As an actress, Carthy-Deu has worked both in theater and television and has earned the respect of the critics for her participation, both in comedies and dramas.[citation needed]

She owns a modeling and finishing school, known as Deborah Carthy Deu Estudio y Agencia de Modelos, in which she helps girls and women to develop social skills and self-esteem, as well as to start careers in modeling, the arts, television and participate in beauty pageants.

Carthy-Deu has hosted several television shows in Puerto Rico, New York City and Miami, that include working for both Univision and the Telemundo network. Working on television programs such as: Noche de Gala, (Gala Night Ball), alongside Eddie Miró, "Desde Mi Pueblo", (From My Town), alongside Yoyo Boing & Tony Croatto, and "La Buena Vida", has allowed her to become one of the top emcee's (Master of Ceremonies) in Puerto Rico and abroad.

She wrote a column for The San Juan Star.[5] and maintained a fashion review on the entertainment magazine known as Teve Guia until the publication closed.

From 2007-2009, Carthy-Deu hosted a remake of Noche de Gala, produced by Paquito Cordero, and broadcast by WIPR-TV.

Since 2003, she has been a fashion contributor for WAPA's newscast "Noticentro Al Amanecer"

Recently in December 2017 Deborah has been helping with Puerto Rico's aftermath of Hurricane Maria by going door to door with FEMA to help inspect residential damage.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sweden Yvonne Ryding
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Venezuela Bárbara Palacios Teyde
Preceded by
Mayagüez Sandra Beauchamp
Miss Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
San Germán Elizabeth Robison