Elizabeth Gracen

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On the cover of Playboy, May 1992

Elizabeth Ward Gracen is an American actress known almost as much for her off-screen activities as for her movie and television roles.

Born Elizabeth Ward on April 3, 1960 in Booneville, Arkansas, USA, she won the titles of Miss Arkansas and Miss America in 1982. She soon married and took the name of Elizabeth Gracen. The marriage did not last long, but she retained her married name. She had a minor acting career, and in 1989, while filming Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, she met actor Brendan Hughes, and they married soon after. The couple divorced in 1994. Gracen gave birth to a daughter, Quinlan Murphy, on July 28, 2005.

Elizabeth Gracen's best-known acting role has been as the character of the Immortal Amanda in the series Highlander and Highlander: The Raven.

During the time of the sex scandals involving then-President Bill Clinton, Gracen admitted that she had had a one-night affair with Clinton in 1983 when he was Governor of Arkansas. She has also appeared nude in Playboy.


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