Tami Farrell

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Tami Farrell
Tami Farrell 2009.jpg
Tami Farrell attending "The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards" Beverly Hills, California on October 10, 2009
Born Tami Nichole Farrell
(1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 34)
Phoenix, Oregon[1]
Title Miss Oregon Teen USA 2003
Miss Teen USA 2003
Miss California USA 2009
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Teen USA 2003

Tami Nichole Farrell (born October 5, 1984) is an American actress, TV host and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Oregon Teen USA 2003, Miss Teen USA 2003 and Miss California USA 2009.[2][3]


Farrell is the daughter of a freight driver and a special education assistant.[2] She suffers from Vasovagal syncope.[4]

Farrell graduated from Phoenix High School in 2003.[5] She has supported Sparrow Clubs USA and American Heart Association since she was a student, continuing her associationt throughout her reigns as Miss Teen USA and Miss California USA.[2][5][6]

After holding the Miss Teen USA title Farrell spent the summer of 2005 in New York City, attending the summer intensive program of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City[5] and then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Farrell has judged a number of state pageants, including Miss Washington USA 2006 and Miss California USA 2006.

Miss Teen USA 2003

Tami Farrell won her first title, Miss Oregon Teen USA in 2002 and went on to win the Miss Teen USA 2003 pageant in Palm Springs, California on August 12, 2003.[7] She also won the Miss Congeniality award at the same pageant.[2] Farrell was the third representative of Oregon to win the pageant.[8]

As Miss Teen USA, Farrell represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2003 titleholders were Amelia Vega (Miss Universe, of the Dominican Republic) and Susie Castillo (Miss USA, of Massachusetts). She gave up her title to Shelley Hennig of Louisiana in Palm Springs on August 6, 2004.

Miss California USA 2009

In the summer of 2008, she won the title of Miss Malibu USA 2009[9] and competed at the 2009 Miss California USA Pageant where she finished as first runner up to the winner Carrie Prejean.

On June 10, 2009, she became Miss California USA 2009 after Prejean was sacked by Donald Trump.[10][6] Prejean had created controversy by saying marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman during the interview portion of the Miss USA 2009 pageant.[10] Pageant Executive Director Keith Lewis claimed that Prejean was fired due to her lack of work ethic and not because of the controversy, a claim Prejean denied.[9]

Farrell, who is a Christian, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman but has said "I don't think that I have the right or anybody has a right to tell somebody who they can or can't love. And I think that this is a civil rights issue. And I think that the right thing to do is let the voters decide."[11]


  1. ^ "Mailtribune.com - ARCHIVE". Archive.mailtribune.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c d Joseph, Brian (13 August 2003). "Oregon teen wins crown". The Desert Sun. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ McKay, Hollie (June 11, 2009). "Meet Your New Miss California, Tami Farrell". Fox News. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  4. ^ ""I don't want to miss out on anything!"". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 6 June 2004 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b c Achen, Paris (16 August 2009). "Miss California will always consider Oregon her home". Mail-Tribune.
  6. ^ a b Duke, Alan (15 June 2009). "New Miss California USA seeks to 'calm the waters'". CNN.
  7. ^ Joseph, Brian (13 August 2013). "Dream Night". The Desert Sun. p. B4 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Associated Press (19 October 2003). "Miss Teen USA pays visit to hometown". Statesman Journal. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ a b "Anti-gay marriage Carrie Prejean stripped of Miss California title for breaching her contract". Daily Mail. 12 June 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Donald Trump Ousts Prejean as Miss California". Courier-Post. 11 June 2009. p. 6D – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Kovacs, Joe (11 June 2009). "New Miss California: Marriage between man, woman". World Net Daily.

External links

  • Tami Farrell's Miss California USA profile
  • Tami Farrell on IMDb
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wisconsin Vanessa Semrow
Miss Teen USA
Succeeded by
Louisiana Shelley Hennig
Preceded by
Kari Ann Peniche
Miss Oregon Teen USA
Succeeded by
Lorie Thompson
Preceded by
Carrie Prejean
Miss California USA

Succeeded by
Nicole Johnson
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