Deidre Downs

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Deidre Downs
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Deidre Downs at the Jimmy Carter Work Project June, 2005
Born (1980-07-07) July 7, 1980 (age 35)
Alabama, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia
Samford University
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Occupation Resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology
Employer University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center
Title Miss Alabama 2004, Miss America 2005
Term September 18, 2004 - January 21, 2006
Predecessor Ericka Dunlap
Successor Jennifer Berry

Deidre Downs (born July 7, 1980) is an American physician and former beauty pageant titleholder. Downs was Miss America 2005 and Miss Alabama 2004.[1][2][3]

Downs initially attended the University of Virginia on a volleyball scholarship. She later attended Samford University[4] and earned scholarship money through pageants. After her term as Miss America, she began medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She changed her name to Deidre Downs Gunn when she married Andrew Gunn, a high school teacher in 2008.[5] "She is currently a chief resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama Medical Center."[6]

Downs is the only titleholder to reign for part of three calendar years. The pageant, traditionally held in September, was delayed four months to allow the Miss America Organization to secure a TV deal. Her successor, Jennifer Berry of Oklahoma, was crowned as Miss America 2006 on January 21, 2006.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ericka Dunlap
Miss America
Succeeded by
Jennifer Berry
Preceded by
Catherine Crosby
Miss Alabama
Succeeded by
Shannon Camper