3 celebrities who were Florida beauty pageant contestants

Before they were famous, they were Floridians. And Florida beauty pageants were their first flush with fame.

Here they are….

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Recognize this smiling Miss Florida? It’s Delta Burke, who became famous as Suzanne Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women. The Orlando native was Miss Florida 1974 when she was a senior in high school. In this picture, from November 1974,  she was at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, to help present safety awards at a contractors convention.

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Recognize this smiling Miss Miami? It’s Victoria Principal, the actress who became famous as Pamela Ewing on TV’s Dallas. She graduated from high school in Miami in 1968, was Miss Miami in 1969 and soon after left Florida to seek fame as an actress.

4/20/93 - PSL high school Moses Hill gets an autograph from Miss America 93 Leanza Cornett who was at the school speaking about AIDS awarness and prevention. Hill is one of the 'Leadership'. a group of 50 PSL students that co-ordinated the visit. (Barry C. Allen/The Palm Beach Post)

Recognize this smiling Miss America? It’s Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appearing that year at a Port St. Lucie high school to promote AIDS awareness and prevention. She was raised in Jacksonville, became Miss Florida in 1992 and won the national Miss America pageant the following year. She has been a TV show host, and a stage and screen actress.

More celebrity fun from The Palm Beach Post:

Celebs who hang out at Havana restaurant in West Palm Beach.

10 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Florida.

Bruce Springsteen announces autobiography: The Boss’ connections to Palm Beach County

Bruce Springsteen announced today that he’s writing his autobiography titled — what else — Born to Run. It will be released in September. It’s a big year for Boss fans — his “The River” tour comes to BB+ T Center in Sunrise on Tuesday.

Springsteen has a lot of connections to Palm Beach County — will they end up in his memoir?

 

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Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons play Miami’s Orange Bowl in 1985 (Miami News)

No one would have believed that Jersey boy Springsteen would one day own a horse farm in Wellington, or tool around Lake O on his chopper. Or that his iconic Big Man, Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011, would have a luxury condo on Singer Island or that drummer Max Weinberg would buy a house on Palm Beach’s north end.

Through the years, The Post has written a number of stories about Springsteen’s and Clemons’ presence in Palm Beach County.

Here are some:

A “Thunder Road” trip – Bruce Springsteen, a bar and the big lake.”

Clarence Clemons:  Remembering the “Big Man” at home on Singer Island.

Clarence Clemons in a 2009 Palm Beach Post photo.
Clarence Clemons in a 2009 Palm Beach Post photo.

In 2005, Clemons talked to former Post reporter Anne Rodgers about his memories of “Born to Run.”

Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

Question: Why has Born to Run held up so well?

Clarence Clemons: Because of the purity and the energy and the life that went into it. You can’t destroy energy. You can’t take it away. When you do something earnestly and truthfully, it lasts.

Q: What do you remember about that cover pose?
CC: I set the pose up. I stood up and struck a pose and Bruce leaned in on me. And it was perfect. When we’re together it just happens that way. We don’t hang out all the time, but when we get together, we see something in each other and it’s magic. The spontaneity jumps all over the place. From the first time I met him, I had that feeling.

Q: When did you know the album was huge?CC: When Time and Newsweek put Bruce on the cover the same week.

Q: How did you feel about the fame?
CC: We hated it! It was too much exposure too soon. We wondered how we were supposed to act. Were we supposed to be different? What should I wear? We were just a bunch of guys from Jersey.

Q: How do you feel about the cover shot today? (It splits the image, with Springsteen on the front and Clemons on the back.)
CC: It’s kind of been a nemesis. My face was on the back. Why not on the front? What’s up with that? My mom was apprehensive about me going into rock and roll. I had a strict religious background and here I was leaving my job and family to follow this dream. She always said, ‘Keep your day job.’ So finally Born to Run comes out and it’s huge and I showed it to my mom and she said, ‘Your behind’s on the cover!’
The promotions all had the whole picture, it was a big thing showing brotherhood between black and white . . . a big statement in rock and roll. But on the album, my face is on the back. I think Bruce really envisioned it would be the whole cover, but somewhere along the line it got changed. I was disappointed, but it was OK. What was inside was better than what was on the outside. We moved on. It didn’t faze me and didn’t affect my contribution to Bruce and the music.

5 ways to get cheap, discount tickets to the Honda Classic

Praying for cheap tickets to this week’s Honda Classic?

Here’s how to get in for (a little) less:

Rory McIllroy misses a put during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)
Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)

1. Buy online and use your MasterCard:  Grounds tickets for Thursday through Sunday are $50.  Buy online here to save the $10 add-on at the gate. Charging it to your MasterCard saves another 10 percent.

2.  Get a small-group package here.

A Party Pack for two includes two passes for any day plus a parking pass and two drink coupons for $89. Saves $22.

Pick up a Family Fore-pack that includes two adult tickets and two kids one-day passes, plus parking pass and four lunch coupons for $109.  Saves $28.

Buy a Party Fore-pack that includes four one-day tickets, and four drink coupons for $139.  Saves $105.

Daily tickets to various grandstand viewing areas and hospitality tents, including the Gosling’s Dark ‘N Stormy Bear Trap, Cobra Puma Golf Village, Waterford Club @17 and Champions Club range from $325-$400.

Parking passes are $10 to $20 a daygeneral parking is free if you’re driving a Honda or Acura.

Other ways to save?

A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots Outpost during last year's Honda Classic.
A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots’ Outpost during last year’s Honda Classic.

3. Be active duty military or a veteran. 

With ID, active duty military are admitted free with their dependents to the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality tent where complimentary lunch and snacks are provided each day.

Veterans get one complimentary ticket per day.

All current and former military can also purchase up to two daily tickets for $20 each.

Register here for complimentary military tickets. Military ID required for entrance.

 

Kids and adults vie for Tiger Woods' autograph during last year's Honda Classic. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)
Kids 15 and under are admitted free to the Honda Classic, with a paid adult.
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4.  Be a child 15 or under, who get in free with a paid adult.

 

The Honda Classic at PGA National runs February 22 through Sunday, February 28.

Check out our PGA dining guide on where to eat during the Honda Classic.

And since golf is thirsty business, here are tips on where to drink.

And don’t forget to check out our Honda Classic photo gallery. We’ll be adding to it each day of the tournament.