Sharlene Wells Hawkes

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Sharlene Wells Hawkes
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Born Sharlene Wells
(1964-03-16) March 16, 1964 (age 51)
Asunción, Paraguay
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Singer
Title Miss Utah Valley 1984
Miss Utah 1984
Miss America 1985
Predecessor Suzette Charles
Successor Susan Akin
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Spouse(s) Robert A. Hawkes

Sharlene Wells Hawkes (born 16 March 1964), from Salt Lake City, Utah, was Miss America 1985.

Family and early life[edit]

Hawkes (née Wells), was born in Asunción, Paraguay and spent most of her childhood in South America. She was the first foreign-born, bilingual Miss America.[1]

Hawkes is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She attended Brigham Young University (BYU) from which she graduated in 1988.[2] She was crowned BYU's Homecoming Queen in 1983. Hawkes is the daughter of Robert E. Wells, an emeritus general authority of the LDS Church, and Helen Walser Wells. She is married to Robert A. Hawkes and they are the parents of three daughters and a son.


She is a singer and released an album called Songs of the Morning Stars in the mid-1990s. She also plays the piano and the harp.

She was a horse racing and college football reporter with ESPN.

Hawkes currently serves as Executive Vice President of Story Rock Electronic Publishing, and as president of its military division, Remember My Service, producing historical records for each military personnel.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Miss America : 1985". Miss America. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  2. ^ Crowning Achievements, BYU magazine
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Suzette Charles
Miss America
Succeeded by
Susan Akin
Preceded by
Lynn Lambert
Miss Utah
Succeeded by
Nancy Ayers