December 22, 2006 |
Things got even uglier Thursday in the bitter war of words between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell. The Donald called Los Angeles-based morning TV show "Good Day L.A." to sound off on O'Donnell's remarks about his near-firing of Miss USA Tara Conner. "Maybe she wanted to put the crown back on Miss USA's head," the real-estate mogul said of the openly gay O'Donnell, who has four children with partner Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell.
December 20, 2006 |
Miss USA Tara Conner, who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, will be allowed to keep her title, Donald Trump announced Tuesday. "I've always been a believer in second chances," Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, said with Conner at his side. Trump said he and Conner had met earlier Tuesday morning.
December 16, 2006 |
The organizers of the Miss USA pageant say they are evaluating the "behavioral and personal issues" of the reigning winner and will decide her future within a week. Pageant officials and Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, would not say what Kentucky native Tara Conner, 20, had done to prompt the serious evaluation. Trump said that if Conner gets the boot, runner-up Miss California Tamiko Nash would take over as Miss USA.
March 22, 2005 |
For the first time, viewers can officially vote their picks for Miss USA finalists, via the Internet, in advance of NBC's broadcast of the 54th annual Miss USA Competition on April 11. As part of a partnership between the Miss Universe Organization and cosmetics company CoverGirl, viewers will be able to go online at www.covergirl.
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March 23, 1999
Yesenia Martinez, 7, fantasizes about being Miss USA one day. On Monday, she did the next best thing; she donned Miss USA's crown. "I wore her crown. It looked good," said Yesenia, a leukemia patient at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. While the Panorama youngster modeled her crown, Kimberly Pressler, this year's Miss USA, had a pint of blood drawn to donate to Yesenia, who requires frequent blood transfusions and chemotherapy.
February 6, 1999 |
A New Yorker who said she'd forsake her boyfriend to become Miss USA 1999 won the title Friday. "I think if true love is there, it will be there afterward," Kimberly Ann Pressler, 21, said as she waved to her boyfriend. Miss Tennessee, Morgan Tandy High, was named first runner-up. Miss California, Angelique Breaux, was the second runner-up.