Shawn Weatherly

Shawn Weatherly
Beauty pageant titleholder

Shawn Weatherly, Ronald Reagan and Kim Seelbrede in Oval Office in 1981
Born Shawn Nichols Weatherly
(1959-07-24) July 24, 1959
San Antonio, Texas
Title(s) Miss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980
Miss South Carolina USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
Miss Universe 1980
Spouse Chip Harris (1994 - present)
Children 2

Shawn Nichols Weatherly (born July 24, 1959) is an American actress and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980. She went on to star as Cadet Karen Adams in the film Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and as Jill Riley in the first season of the TV series Baywatch (1989–90).

Early life

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.


Beauty pageants

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 rivals were Miss Scotland Linda Gallagher, who was first runner-up, and Denyse Nottle of New Zealand (who placed second in the interview and swimsuit competitions), who was second runner-up.

Weatherly was the fifth Miss Universe from the United States. 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

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] In 2014, she was in the horror comedy film, Love in the Time of Monsters.

Personal life

In 1994 she married Chip Harris and they have two children together. Previously she had a relationship with Dwight Clark.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Dukes of Hazzard Billie Ann Baxley
1983 The A-Team Woman driving through garage
1983 Happy Days Sissy
1984 Cannonball Run II Girl in Jamie Blake's (Dean Martin's) bed
1986 Police Academy 3: Back in Training Cadet Karen Adams
1987 The New Leave It to Beaver Christine
1987 Matlock Debra O'Keefe
1987-1988 J.J. Starbuck Jill Starbuck
1989-1990 Baywatch Jill Riley
1999 Chicago Hope Carol Derricks


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