From Kelly Hu to Imelda Marcos – Famous Pageant Winners and Losers
Kelly Hu – Miss Teen USA 1985
Kelly Hu, the former Miss Teen USA of Chinese-Hawaiian lineage, has achieved success in the entertainment field, starring in Martial Law opposite Sammo Hung. View Kelly Hu movies
Mary Hart – Miss South Dakota 1970
Famed for her insured legs and perennial perkiness, the anchor of Entertainment Tonight competed as Mary Johanna Harum, Miss South Dakota, in the 1970 Miss America Pageant. She made the top ten, but lost to Phyllis George. Hart later co-hosted PM Magazine and co-hosted with Regis Philbin before moving on to E.T. fame.
Cheryl Lynn Herring – Miss Virginia 1977
Cheryl, who competed as Miss Virginia and 4th runner-up in the 1977 Miss USA Pageant. She later appeared in the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, as Lucy Quartermaine Coe.
Susan Anton – Miss California 1969
Anton nearly won the Miss America title at age 18, when she competed as Miss California. After winning the talent competition singing Happy Days Are Here Again, she placed as second runner-up. Anton then contracted as the Muriel Cigar Girl, and eventually starred in Mel & Susan Together, Presenting Susan Anton, Cliffhangers, Baywatch, and in the movies Spring Fever, Cannonball Run II, and Goldengirl with James Coburn.
Jayne Kennedy – Miss Ohio USA 1970
The former NFL Today co-host broke racial barriers when she competed as Miss Ohio in the 1970 Miss USA Pageant.
Anita Bryant – Miss Oklahoma 1959
Miss Oklahoma 1959 and second runner-up to Miss America 1959 (Mary Ann Mobley), Anita achieved fame as the quintessential patriotic performer and
spokesperson for the Florida orange juice industry. She later became embroiled in scandal after taking a public stand against gay rights.
Mary Ann Mobley – Miss America 1959
Mobley, Miss Mississippi 1958, won the 1959 Miss America title after she switched from a prim aria to a mock strip tease in the talent competition. She later appeared in two Elvis Presley movies, and co-hosted the Miss America Pageant with husband Gary Collins.
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Before the busty blond dazzled fans on WKRP Cincinnati and married Bert Reynolds, Loni was a busty brunette Miss Roseville in the Miss Minnesota
Shawn Weatherly – Miss Universe 1980
Gorgeous Shawn Weatherly, a student at Clemson University, track runner, and a Delta Delta Delta sorority sister, won the 1980 triple crown by a landslide when she effortlessly walked away with the 1980 Miss South Carolina, 1980 Miss USA and 1980 Miss Universe titles. She began her experiences in pageantry at the local level where she won the title of Miss Sumter. She became fifth Miss USA to win the international crown and was a hugely popular winner who is widely considered to have been one of the most beautiful winner of all.
Shawn moved into acting, where she starred as one of the
swimsuit-clad lifeguards on Baywatch, served as a diving host (even swimming with sharks) on Oceanquest, and then had a starring role in Police Academy 3: Back in Training.
Weatherly is now married, with two children.
Before becoming the second Mrs. Donald Trump, Marla was named Miss Photogenic and placed fourth in Georgia’s Miss Teen Pageant. In 2007, she was hired to co-star in the television series, The Ex-Wives Club.
Before reigning as First Lady of the Philippines by the side of Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Romualdez reigned as Miss Manilla 1953.
Cheryl Lynn Herring
Cheryl, who competed as Miss Virginia and 4th runner-up in the 1977 Miss USA® Pageant. She later appeared in the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, as Lucy Quartermaine Coe.
Laura Herring – Miss USA 1985
Laura, the first Latina to win the Miss USA®title (1985), went on to marry a European count and star in the daytime television series, Sunset Beach, as Carla on General Hospital, and in the film, The