Gretchen Polhemus

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Gretchen Jensen
Gretchen Lynn Polhemus

(1965-05-12) May 12, 1965 (age 53)
ResidenceSalt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Other namesGretchen Polhemus Jensen
Gretchen Jensen
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
TitleMiss Texas USA 1989
Miss USA 1989
Spouse(s)Kirk Jensen
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen
Miss USA 1989
Miss Universe 1989
(2nd runner-up)

Gretchen Lynn Polhemus-Jensen (born May 12, 1965) is an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 1989 and second runner-up to Miss Universe 1989.

Early life[edit]

Prior to competing in Miss Texas USA, Jensen was working as a cattle broker and real estate agent in her home state. her daughter is Baylee Jensen, Miss Utah USA 2017.

Miss Texas USA[edit]

Jensen competed as Miss Bedford USA in the 14th edition of the Miss Texas USA pageant in 1987 and received the Photogenic award, ultimately placing second runner-up to eventual winner, Courtney Gibbs.[1]

The following year, she competed again as Miss Fort Worth USA and won the title, earning the right to represent Texas in Miss USA 1989.[2]

Miss USA 1989[edit]

As the official representative of her state to the 1989 Miss USA pageant, held in Mobile, Alabama, Jensen captured the crown of Miss USA, becoming its 38th titleholder, and the last of five consecutive winners from Texas during the 1980s.[3]

At the 1989 Miss Universe pageant, she placed fifth in semifinal interview, fourth in swimsuit and eighth in evening gown, advancing to the competition's Top 5 finalists, and ultimately finishing second runner-up to eventual winner, Angela Visser of the Netherlands.[4]

Life after Miss USA[edit]

In 1993, Jensen appeared in a made-for-TV-movie (Bonanza: The Return on IMDb ) with Ben Johnson and Michael Landon Jr.,[5] and worked as a sports correspondent for ESPN and for a CBS affiliate as a news correspondent.[6] She was also a judge at the 2003 Miss USA pageant,[7] resides in Salt Lake City's metropolitan area[8] and is now a divorced[9] mother of five.[10] Her daughter, Baylee is Miss Utah USA 2017. She was formerly a co-host of KTVX-TV's "Good Things Utah".


  1. ^ "Metroplex beauty wins Miss Texas". Houston Chronicle. August 4, 1987. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Past winners". Miss Texas USA. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Texan Wins Miss USA Crown". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Associated Press. March 1, 1989. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Miss Holland crowned Miss Universe". The Washington Post. May 24, 1989. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Gretchen Polhemus". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Stations add their own shows". The Washington Post. September 11, 1994. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Miss Massachusetts USA, Susie Castillo, Crowned Miss USA". PR Newswire. March 25, 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Layton's own Sonic Scrubber makes debut on national stage". Davis County Clipper. June 5, 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  9. ^ "City of Hope, Night With the Stars Honor Their Causes". The Salt Lake Tribune. September 8, 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Linens 'n Things now carries SonicScrubber". February 15, 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Texas Courtney Gibbs
Miss USA
Succeeded by
Michigan Carole Gist
Preceded by
Courtney Gibbs
Miss Texas USA
Succeeded by
Stephanie Kuehne