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1979 Miss USA Pageant
Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum
Biloxi, Mississippi
April 30
Hosts: Bob Barker & Helen O'Connell


Winner: Mary Therese Friel, New York
1st Runner Up: Tracey Louise Goddard, Washington
2nd Runner Up: Blanche Leialoha Maa, Hawaii
3rd Runner Up: Debra Ann Niego, Illinois
4th Runner Up: Laurie Frances Kimbrough, Mississippi

( listed in the order they were called )
12 SEMI-FINALISTS:
Linda Marie Fogarty, California
Monica Patricia Magnus, Massachusetts
Ana Maria Rupert, Arizona
Tracey Louise Goddard, Washington
Mary Therese Friel, New York
Debra Ann Niego, Illinois
Laurie Frances Kimbrough, Mississippi
Betsy Ann Bott, Virginia
Blanche Leialoha Maa, Hawaii
Winifred Anne Hinnant, Texas
Kathryn Joy Wituschek, Wisconsin
Judy Diane Jamerson, North Carolina

AWARDS:
Miss Amity: Pam Williams, Wyoming
Miss Photogenic: Michele Sandoval, New Mexico
Best State Costume: Debra Ann Niego, Illinois

1978 <<< >>> 1980

Acknowledgments:
Miss Universe Organization
Ben Kramer's Pageant Lovers' Page
Fountain of Beauty

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