1983 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1983: Debra Sue Maffett, Miss California
1st runner-up: Desiree Denise Daniels, Miss Tennessee
2nd runner-up: Diane Evans, Miss Mississippi
3rd runner-up: Nancy Chapman, Miss Oklahoma
4th runner-up: Yolande Teresa Fernandez, Miss Alabama
Miss America 1983 was Debra Sue Maffett, Miss California.
She won the preliminary swimsuit and talent competitions and was favored to win. A double preliminary winner, Debra performed “Come in from the Rain” in the talent competition and wore a white “supersuit” in the swimsuit competition. In the evening gown competition, she wore a silver brocade gown with puffed sleeves in the style of Princess Diana’s wedding gown.
Maffett was crowned by outgoing Miss America 1982, Elizabeth Ward, of Arkansas.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams, Miss New York.