- Elizabeth Gracen
name = Elizabeth Gracen
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birthname = Elizabeth Ward Gracen
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yearsactive = 1987-present
Elizabeth Ward Gracen is an American actress known almost as much for her off-screen activities as for her movie and television roles. She was born "Elizabeth Ward" but should not be confused with another Elizabeth Ward who worked as a television actress during the first half of the 1980s.
Early life, beauty and acting careers
She was born on April 3, 1961 [ [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2747 Elizabeth Ward Gracen (1961–)] ] in
Ozark, Arkansas, and raised in Booneville, Arkansas, U.S., the daughter of Jimmy Young Ward and Patricia "Pat" (Murphy) Ward. She later moved to Russellville, Arkansas with her family, where she graduated from Russellville high school in 1979. She won the titles of Miss Arkansasin 1981 and Miss Americain 1982. She used her Miss America scholarship money to study acting at HB Studios in New York City before moving to Hollywood to pursue a film and television career. During this time, Gracen says she had a one-night stand with future President Bill Clinton. [ [http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/04/25/clinton.gracen/ Former Miss America Apologizes To First Lady] ] She also posed nude for " Playboy" magazine in the May 1992 issue.
She built an acting career, and in 1989, while filming "", she met actor
Brendan Hughesand they married soon after. The couple divorced in 1994. Before that she was married to Jon Birmingham. Gracen gave birth to a daughter, Quinlan Murphy, on July 28, 2005.
She made her professional feature film debut in "Three For The Road" with
Charlie Sheen. Her film credits also include a featured role in "Marked For Death" opposite Steven Seagal, "Pass The Ammo" with Tim Curry, and the CBS feature "83 Hours Till Dawn" with Peter Straussand Robert Urich. Gracen also starred in "Lower Level" and "Discretion Assured" with Michael York.
On television, Gracen has appeared in
Shelley Duvall's " Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", Sidney Sheldon's " The Sands of Time" and "Death of the Incredible Hulk". She also appeared with a starring role in the series "Extreme" for NBC and the syndicated series "Renegade" and "Queen of Swords".
Elizabeth Gracen's best-known acting role has been as the character of the Immortal Amanda in the series ', and its spin-off from that character, '.
She made her directing debut with a documentary short feature called "The Damn Deal". The film is an intimate portrait of three young drag queens from her home state who compete in female impersonator beauty pageants.
She also has a cooking show in development with Contessa Ippolita Douglas Scotti di Vigoleno. Gracen also hosts tours to
Tuscanyand is currently putting together a number of tour offerings to venues as diverse as Venice, Napa Valleyand a dude ranch in Wyoming. She also offers classes in the Fan Kata technique showcased on "Highlander: The Raven". Gracen has recently starred in a commercial for match.com and in the film "Interceptor Force 2".
Interceptor Force 2" (2002) (TV) - Adriana Sikes
*"" (1998) TV Series - Amanda (1998-1999)
Kounterfeit" (1996) - Bridgette
Extreme" (1995) TV Series - Callie Manners (1995)
The Expert" (1995) - Liz Pierce
*"" (1992) TV Series - Amanda (1993-1998)
Discretion Assured" (1993) - Miranda
Final Mission" (1993) (V) - Caitlin Cole
The Sands of Time" (1992) (TV)
Lower Level" (1992) (V) - Hillary
*"" (1991) - Alice
83 Hours 'Til Dawn" (1990) (TV) - Maria Ranfield
Marked for Death" (1990) - Melissa
The Death of the Incredible Hulk" (1990) (TV) - Jasmin
*"Lisa" (1989) - Mary
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1989) (TV)
Pass the Ammo" (1988) - Christie Lynn
Three for the Road" (1987) - Nadine
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