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Miss America 1981

Miss America 1981
Date September 6, 1980
Presenters Ron Ely
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster NBC
Winner Susan Powell

Miss America 1981, the 54th Miss America, pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 6, 1980 on NBC Network.



The Miss America 1981 delegates:
State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Paige Phillips Leeds 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
Alaska Sandra Lashbrook Eagle River
Arizona Brenda Strong Tempe Plays character and narrator Mary Alice Young in the TV series Desperate Housewives
Arkansas Lencola Sullivan Morrilton 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award *first African-American contestant to place as a runner-up at Miss America; Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
California Robin Brooks Elverta
Colorado Kimberly Christiansen Arvada Non-finalist Talent Award
Connecticut Jeanne Caruso Trumbull Top 10 sister of Miss Connecticut 1984, former wife of Joe Theisman
Delaware Andra Lee Dickerson Newark
Florida Caroline Dungan Bradenton
Georgia Lynn Smith Savannah
Hawaii Kanoelehua Cook Aiea
Idaho Leslie Taylor Burley
Illinois Blythe Sawyer Naperville Non-finalist Talent Award
Indiana Teri Kardatzke Anderson
Iowa Jane Patton Council Bluffs
Kansas K. Leann Folsom Wichita
Kentucky Daphne Cochran Louisville
Louisiana Martha "Missy" Crews Baton Rouge Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
Maine Valerie Crooker Brunswick Previously Miss Maine USA 1979, currently serves as President of the Miss Maine Board of Directors
Maryland Lisa Marie Daskal Cumberland Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
Massachusetts Amy Linder Lowell Non-finalist Talent Award
Michigan Heidi Hepler Livonia
Minnesota Debra Goodwin Austin Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
Mississippi Donna Pope McNeil 2nd runner-up (tie) Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
Missouri Carla LaFevre Harrisonville
Montana Lilly Cruise Miles City Non Finalist Talent Award
Nebraska Paula Louise Mitchell Norfolk Non-finalist Talent Award
Nevada Phyllis Hamlin Reno
New Hampshire Diane McGarry Manchester
New Jersey Therese Hanley Jersey City 2nd runner-up (tie) TV actress and classical-crossover concert & recording artist
New Mexico Teresa Elizabeth Anderson Hobbs
New York Cheryl Flanagan Rochester Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
North Carolina Janet Black Kannapolis Non-finalist Talent Award Top 5 finalist in the 1980 "Maid of Cotton" pageant
North Dakota Karen Moe Minot
Ohio Kathy Vernon Youngstown Top 10
Oklahoma Susan Powell Elk City Miss America 1981 Preliminary Talent Award (tie)
Oregon Teresa Richardson Forest Grove Non-finalist Talent Award
Pennsylvania Anita Ellen Patton Lebanon
Rhode Island Dawn Potter Pascoag
South Carolina Donna Jewell Columbia
South Dakota Carol Barnett Sioux Falls Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
Tennessee Sarah Leonard Jonesborough
Texas Terri Eoff Lubbock Top 10 actress, appeared on soap opera Search for Tomorrow
Utah Jean Bullard Provo
Vermont Carole Spolar St. Albans Non Finalist Talent Award
Virginia Holly Jereme Roanoke
Washington Doris Hayes Tacoma Top 10 Preliminary Talent First African-American preliminary winner
West Virginia Pamela Ellen Paugh Charleston Aunt of JonBenét Ramsey, sister of Miss West Virginia 1977
Wisconsin Dana Spychalla Appleton
Wyoming Susan Pennington Casper

External links

  • Miss America official website
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