Shawn Weatherly

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Shawn Weatherly
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornShawn Nichols Weatherly
(1959-07-24) July 24, 1959 (age 55)
Sumter, South Carolina
Title(s)Miss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980
Major
competition(s)
Miss South Carolina USA 1980
(Winner)
Miss USA 1980
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1980
(Winner)
 
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Shawn Weatherly
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornShawn Nichols Weatherly
(1959-07-24) July 24, 1959 (age 55)
Sumter, South Carolina
Title(s)Miss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980
Major
competition(s)
Miss South Carolina USA 1980
(Winner)
Miss USA 1980
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1980
(Winner)

Shawn Nichols Weatherly (born July 24, 1959) is a beauty queen and actress from South Carolina who won the titles of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, Weatherly was born in San Antonio, Texas, to her mother Joanne (herself a former Christian Dior model), and her father who was a member of the US Air Force stationed in San Antonio. When she was 9, her family moved to Sumter, South Carolina, where she spent the remainder of her childhood years. Weatherly attended Clemson University as a nursing major. During this time she was also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Career[edit]

Beauty pageants[edit]

The Miss USA 1980 pageant was televised live from Biloxi, Mississippi. Weatherly won the preliminary competition by a clear margin, and went on to win all three rounds of the final competition (interview, evening gown, and swimsuit). She was the only woman to score above 9.0 in the preliminary rounds and in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Weatherly was the second contestant from South Carolina to win the title.

In July 1980, Weatherly competed in the Miss Universe pageant held in Seoul, South Korea, where again she won all rounds of competition. Her closest rival was Denyse Nottle of New Zealand, who placed second in the interview and swimsuit competitions, and would eventually be second runner-up.

Weatherly was the fifth Miss Universe from the USA. Miriam Stevenson, the only other Miss USA from South Carolina, had won the Miss Universe title in 1954, making South Carolina one of the most successful states in the national pageant circuit. After Weatherly, no Miss USA would become Miss Universe until Chelsi Smith in 1995.

Film and television[edit]

She is best known for her work as Jill Riley on the television show Baywatch and for the early reality show Oceanquest, which had Weatherly swimming with sharks. (Her father died while Oceanquest was in production.[1][2]) She played a small part on a Dukes of Hazzard episode, "Coy vs. Vance," and in various other shows. She also had a main role in the 1986 comedy film Police Academy 3: Back in Training.[3]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Maritza Sayalero
Miss Universe
1980
Succeeded by
Venezuela Irene Sáez
Preceded by
New York Mary Therese Friel
Miss USA
1980
Succeeded by
Arizona Jineane Ford
Preceded by
Janice McDonald
Miss South Carolina USA
1980
Succeeded by
Zade Turner