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October 11, 1958
|Title||Miss Hawaii USA 1977
Miss USA 1978
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Miss USA 1978
Miss Universe 1978
Andersen first won the Miss Hawaii USA title in 1977, then represented her state at the Miss USA pageant televised live from Charleston, South Carolina in May 1978. Andersen won the coveted Miss USA crown, the third woman from Hawaii to do so.
Andersen later represented the United States in the Miss Universe pageant held in Acapulco, Mexico, in July that year. Despite receiving the highest score from the judges during the competition, she finished first runner-up to Margaret Gardiner of South Africa, and was the highest placing delegate from the USA from the previous five years.
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