Miss USA 1979

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Miss USA 1979
Miss USA 1979 opening titles.jpg
DateApril 30, 1979
PresentersBob Barker
EntertainmentLeif Garrett
VenueGulf Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
BroadcasterCBS, WJTV
Entrants51
Placements12
WinnerMary Therese Friel
New York (state) New York
CongenialityWyoming Pam Williams
PhotogenicNew Mexico Michele Sandoval
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Miss USA 1979, the 28th Miss USA pageant, was televised live by CBS from the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 30, 1979.

The pageant was won by Mary Therese Friel of New York, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Judi Andersen of Hawaii. Friel was the second woman from New York to win the Miss USA title, and went on to place as a semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1979.

Results[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1979
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 12


Final Competition[edit]

State Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
New York (state) New York - Mary Therese Friel 8.349 (2) 8.621 (1) 8.680 (1) 8.467 (2) 8.589 (1)
Washington (state) Washington - Tracey Goddard 8.190 (3) 8.516 (3) 8.298 (3) 8.625 (1) 8.480 (2)
Hawaii Hawaii - Leialoha Ma'a 7.800 (8) 8.215 (4) 7.832 (5) 7.905 (5) 7.984 (4)
Illinois Illinois - Debra Niego 8.389 (1) 8.531 (2) 8.463 (2) 8.054 (4) 8.349 (3)
Mississippi Mississippi - Laurie Kimbrough 7.902 (5) 7.505 (8) 8.040 (4) 8.058 (3) 7.868 (5)
Texas Texas - Anne Hinnant 8.155 (4) 7.773 (6) 7.570 (8) 7.855 (6) 7.733 (6)
Virginia Virginia - Betsy Bott 7.806 (7) 7.880 (5) 7.614 (7) 7.209 (11) 7.568 (7)
Massachusetts Massachusetts - Monica Magnus 7.650 (10) 7.741 (7) 7.323 (9) 7.518 (9) 7.527 (8)
California California - Linda Fogarty 7.749 (9) 6.955 (11) 7.636 (6) 7.709 (8) 7.433 (9)
Arizona Arizona - Ana Maria Rubert 7.624 (11) 7.396 (10) 7.100 (12) 7.786 (7) 7.427 (10)
North Carolina North Carolina - Dianne Jamerson 7.826 (6) 7.464 (9) 7.127 (11) 7.341 (10) 7.311 (11)
Wisconsin Wisconsin - Kathryn Wituschek 7.623 (12) 6.955 (11) 7.164 (10) 7.064 (12) 7.061 (12)
     Winner
     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Third runner-up
     Fourth runner-up
(#) Rank in each round of competition

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic


Preliminary Swimsuit[edit]

state score state score state score score state state score state score
Illinois Illinois 8.607 Massachusetts Massachusetts 7.753 South Dakota South Dakota 7.393 Iowa Iowa 7.094 Wyoming Wyoming 6.711 Maine Maine 6.056
Texas Texas 8.365 California California 7.736 South Carolina South Carolina 7.361 Ohio Ohio 7.050 New Jersey New Jersey 6.708
Mississippi Mississippi 8.170 New Mexico New Mexico 7.656 Nevada Nevada 7.333 Washington, D.C. District of Columbia 7.027 Kansas Kansas 6.624
Wisconsin Wisconsin 8.037 Washington (state) Washington 7.653 Florida Florida 7.323 Delaware Delaware 6.977 Louisiana Louisiana 6.616
North Carolina North Carolina 8.017 Michigan Michigan 7.615 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 7.307 Maryland Maryland 6.971 Oregon Oregon 6.599
Virginia Virginia 8.002 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 7.586 Indiana Indiana 7.284 Connecticut Connecticut 6.896 Colorado Colorado 6.536
Minnesota Minnesota 7.880 Oklahoma Oklahoma 7.487 Kentucky Kentucky 7.228 Alabama Alabama 6.882 New Hampshire New Hampshire 6.532
Hawaii Hawaii 7.869 Rhode Island Rhode Island 7.459 Idaho Idaho 7.225 Arkansas Arkansas 6.832 Alaska Alaska 6.438
New York (state) New York 7.827 West Virginia West Virginia 7.448 Vermont Vermont 7.197 Missouri Missouri 6.792 Montana Montana 6.323
Utah Utah 7.760 Arizona Arizona 7.436 Tennessee Tennessee 7.176 Nebraska Nebraska 6.736 North Dakota North Dakota 6.227

Delegates[edit]

The Miss USA 1979 delegates were:

Judges[edit]

External links[edit]