|Schwing - Summer, 1999
It was the
Doritos ad during the 1998 Super Bowl
that kicked the Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
girl's career into high gear. Now Ali
Landry is a regular on the CBS television
series Pensacola: Wings of Gold. She's
also popped up as the vivacious host of
UPN's America's Greatest Pets (as in
animals, dorks, not Penthouse!) and was
proclaimed one of People Magazine's
"50 Most Beautiful People" of
1998. There are some other big deals
pending, "but I really can't say
what they are, until the deals are
signed," said Ali as she piloted the
lead golf cart in a three-cart caravan to
our cover shoot at Skylinks GC in Long
Beach, CA. She has also had guest
appearances on other TV fare like UPN's
Clueless, the CBS soap Bold and the
Beautiful, and FOX's Significant Others.
"I have to be very careful what I
take though," Ali says as she skids
up to the outdoor set, grabbing up a
dozen or so outfits to try on for the
camera. "Acting is more of a
challenge, but I want to be able to do
everything -- acting, hosting, and
commercials." Good thing, as Doritos
has signed her to do three more TV ads.
When Ali returns from wardrobe, the
course sprinklers erupt and douse the
males on the crew trying to play through
in all directions.
"I have played golf before but
not much. It's hard. Just to hit the ball
is like an act of Congress!" says
Ali with not a trace of southern accent.
"When I won Miss U.S.A. I always
used to have to go to all these events on
golf courses and do photo shoots. They'd
put me in the outfit, the shoes, hand me
the club, the bag, the clothes...but they
never let me hit anything!"
"She's got a natural swing,"
says Michael Peterson, studying her
motion, appreciatively, "and a great
"I adapt to sports really quickly
for some reason," Ali explains.
"I've golfed before, but on the
putting green the ball's like...whooosh!,
all the way across the green. I can't
seem to control it."
Peterson stepped in and gave her some
putting lessons, and Ali immediately sank
four in a row from the five-foot range.
Look out! Here come those sprinklers