Miss USA 1972

Miss USA 1972
Miss USA 1972
Date May 20, 1972
Presenters Bob Barker, Helen O'Connell
Entertainment Everly Brothers
Venue Cerromar Beach Hotel, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Winner Tanya Wilson
Hawaii Hawaii
Congeniality Peggy Moore
Photogenic Susan Peters

Miss USA 1972 was held at Cerromar Beach Hotel in Dorado, (Puerto Rico), on May 20, 1972. Tanya Wilson of Hawaii was crowned by outgoing titleholder Michele McDonald of Pennsylvania.[1] This was the second time Hawaii has won the pageant.

Bob Barker and singer Helen O'Connell hosted the pageant and the Everly Brothers were the guest entertainers.[2]

Prior to the final competition contestants participated in a number of public appearances, including an official parade held in Ponce and a televised ceremony with Governor Luis Ferre.[3]

This was the first time the pageant was held outside the continental United States.[2] The event was marred by two bomb blasts at the hotel during the pageant, thought to have been caused by anti-American activists.[4][5] There was severe property damage but no injuries were reported.[6][7] Earlier that day the venue had been picketed by the Puerto Rican Socialist Party.[8]



  • Miss USA 1972: Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)
  • The runners-up were:
    • 1st runner-up: Alberta Philips (New York)
    • 2nd runner-up: Kim Christina Hobson (California)
    • 3rd runner-up: Coni Ensor (Florida)
    • 4th runner-up: Kathleen Ann Kehlmier (Ohio)
  • Semi-Finalists: Patricia Lane (Alaska), Janet Gail Greenwalt (District of Columbia), Bonnie Martin (Louisiana), Marilyn Ann Petty (Michigan), Donna Reel (New Mexico), Deborah Ann Falls (North Carolina), Susan Gordon (South Carolina)



A panel of ten celebrities was chosen to judge the competition.[2]

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