1982 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1982: Elizabeth Ward, Miss Arkansas
1st runner-up: Sandra Truitt, Miss Illinois
2nd runner-up: Kristi Anne Evans, Miss Georgia
3rd runner-up: Pamela Carlberg, Miss Indiana
4th runner-up: Sheri Ryman, Miss Texas
Miss America 1982 was Elizabeth Ward, Miss Arkansas, who shared her goal of becoming a family attorney.
Ward won the swimsuit competition wearing a cranberry red swimsuit with matching shoes. She sang “There’ll Come a Time” during the talent competition and wore a cranberry red one-piece swimsuit with a scalloped neckline during the swimsuit competition. During the evening gown competition, she wore a peach lace gown her grandmother had sewn from her lace tablecloth. and trimmed with rhinestones.
Elizabeth was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1981, Susan Powell, of Oklahoma.
Interesting facts about the 1982 Miss America pageant …Sheri Ryman, Miss Texas, a preliminary talent winner for her stunning gymnastics performance, broke her foot in rehearsals, but managed to compete in the televised finals where she was named 4th runner-up.
After her reign, Ward crowned her successor, Miss America 1983, Debra Sue Maffett, Miss California.