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Also Known As: Elizabeth Ward, Elizabeth Ward Gracen Died:
Born: April 3, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Booneville, Arkansas, USA Profession: actor, singer, model

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This willowy, exotic-looking brunette first came to national attention in 1982 when, representing her native Arkansas (and then known as Elizabeth Ward), was crowned Miss America. After her reign, she married her high school sweetheart and concentrated on developing as an actress, studying at the HB Studio in NYC. Still billed as Elizabeth Ward, she made her feature debut in "Three for the Road" (1987) co-starring Charlie Sheen. Gracen continued on her career landing middling roles until the 1992 US Presidential campaign focused attention on an alleged incident in 1983 involving the then Attorney General of Arkansas Bill Clinton. She called a press conference to issue a denial, although the timing was questionable: within weeks she was featured in a nude pictorial in PLAYBOY. Whatever the case, work began flowing regularly her way. Gracen was cast as a gangster's daughter who enters a convent in the syndicated miniseries "Sidney Sheldon's 'The Sands of Time'" (1992) and she landed the recurring role of Amanda, a love interest for Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) in "Highlander: The Series". She made occasional guest appearances on "Murder, She Wrote" and had featured roles in films like "Lisa" (1990) and...

This willowy, exotic-looking brunette first came to national attention in 1982 when, representing her native Arkansas (and then known as Elizabeth Ward), was crowned Miss America. After her reign, she married her high school sweetheart and concentrated on developing as an actress, studying at the HB Studio in NYC. Still billed as Elizabeth Ward, she made her feature debut in "Three for the Road" (1987) co-starring Charlie Sheen. Gracen continued on her career landing middling roles until the 1992 US Presidential campaign focused attention on an alleged incident in 1983 involving the then Attorney General of Arkansas Bill Clinton. She called a press conference to issue a denial, although the timing was questionable: within weeks she was featured in a nude pictorial in PLAYBOY. Whatever the case, work began flowing regularly her way. Gracen was cast as a gangster's daughter who enters a convent in the syndicated miniseries "Sidney Sheldon's 'The Sands of Time'" (1992) and she landed the recurring role of Amanda, a love interest for Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) in "Highlander: The Series". She made occasional guest appearances on "Murder, She Wrote" and had featured roles in films like "Lisa" (1990) and "Final Mission" (1994). Gracen was once again in the spotlight when a subpoena was issued for her by independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr who was investigating President Bill Clinton's affairs. As her work kept her out of the USA, she managed to avoid having to testify and she also issued a statement admitting to a consensual one-night affair with Clinton in 1983. Gracen reportedly had a second PLAYBOY layout planned and headlined the syndicated spin-off "Highlander: The Raven" (1998-99), revolving around her character of Amanda.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Interceptor Force 2 (2002) Sikes
2.
 Expert, The (1995) Liz Pierce
3.
4.
 Final Mission (1993)
5.
 Lower Level (1991) Hillary White
6.
 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) Maria Ranfield
7.
 Lisa (1990) Mary
9.
 Marked For Death (1990) Melissa
10.
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Raised in Arkansas
1981:
Named Miss Arkansas
1982:
Crowned Miss America
:
Studied acting at the HB Studio in NYC
1987:
Film acting debut opposite Charlie Sheen in "Three for the Road", credited as Elizabeth Ward
1989:
Changed billing to Elizabeth Gracen for "Sundown"
1989:
TV acting debut as a prostitute in the Showtime TV-movie "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
1992:
Had recurring role of Amanda on the syndicated "Highlander: The Series"
1992:
Called a press conference to deny she ever had a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton
1992:
Posed for a nude layout in PLAYBOY
1995:
Was a regular on the short-lived ABC adventure series "Extreme"
1998:
Admitted in interviews that she had one night stand with then-State Attorney General Bill Clinton in 1982
:
Starred in the spin-off "Highlander: The Raven"
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Education

University of Arkansas: -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
Russellville High School: Russellville , Arkansas - 1979

Notes

"If the President of the United States was on the phone pulling strings for me, I'd be on 'Seinfeld'. I'm not standing on the front of the Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio, am I?" --Elizabeth Gracen repsonding to charges that she landed an acting career in exchange for keeping quiet about her relationship with Bill Clinton

Gracen filed for bankruptcy in December 1999

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companion:
William Jefferson Clinton. Politician. Gracen had originally denied having a relationship in 1992 but later recanted and admitted to a one-night stand in 1983.
husband:
Brandon Hughes. Married in 1989; divorced.
companion:
Pat Austin. Businessman. No longer together; reportedly racked up debts in Gracen's name; jailed in Paris for fraud and embezzlement.

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father:
James Ward. Factory worker. Made bowling balls.
mother:
Patricia Hampe. Nurse.
brother:
Van Ward. Born c. 1963.
sister:
Margaret Ward. Born c. 1969.
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