Miss USA 1989

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Miss USA 1989
Date February 28, 1989
Presenters Dick Clark, Angie Dickinson and Laura Harring
Entertainment Tommy Tune
Venue Mobile Civic Center Theatre, Mobile, Alabama
Broadcaster CBS, WKRG
Entrants 51
Placements 10
Winner Gretchen Polhemus
Texas Texas
Congeniality Kimberly Nicewonder
Virginia Virginia
Best State Costume Kelly Holub
Illinois Illinois
Photogenic Elizabeth Primm
Louisiana Louisiana
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Miss USA 1989, the 38th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Mobile Civic Center Theatre in Mobile, Alabama on February 28, 1989. At the conclusion of the final competition, Gretchen Polhemus of Texas was crowned by outgoing titleholder Courtney Gibbs. She was the fifth consecutive Miss Texas USA to win the pageant.

This was the first Miss USA pageant hosted by Dick Clark (The Miss Universe Pageant was hosted by John Forsythe that year), with color commentary by Angie Dickinson. This pageant was held in Alabama for the first and so far only time.


Map showing placements by state


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1989
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best State Costume

Final competition[edit]


The following celebrities were invited to judge the competition:[1]


The Miss USA 1989 delegates were:

Contestant notes[edit]


  1. ^ "Miss USA". The Durant Daily Democrat. Associated Press. March 1, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ Associated Press (1987-08-04). "Metroplex beauty wins Miss Texas". Houston Chronicle. p. 10.

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