Debra Maffett

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Debra Maffett
Debra Maffett and Ronald Letterman in 1983
Born (1956-11-09) November 9, 1956 (age 61)
Education University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Graduate of Lamar University
Occupation Television personality, producer, media consultant, speaker, songwriter, singer
Home town Nashville, Tennessee
Title Miss California 1982
Miss America 1983
Predecessor Elizabeth Ward
Successor Vanessa L. Williams
Board member of Life of Victory International Christian Ministries, Honorary Council Members - SAT-7
Spouse(s) Buster Wilson deceased
Children Rydder Wilson, Jenny Wilson
Awards Emmy Nomination Best Host

Debra Sue Maffett (born November 9, 1956) from Cut and Shoot, Texas[1] was Miss America 1983.

Although she competed in the Miss Texas pageant several years without winning, she moved to California and was subsequently crowned Miss California 1982.[2] She represented California when she won the Miss America crown. Debbie graduated from S.P. Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas, in 1975.[3]Graduate of Lamar University 1980

Maffett, from Midway, Texas, has served as host on, "PM Magazine," NBC and CBS TV Pilots "Guinness Book of World Records with David Frost," "Alive and Well," "TNN Country News," Hot, Hip and Country, "Making Healthy Choices," and " The Harvest Show." Debra is currently producing documentaries and issue oriented television shows for national syndication. Maffett appeared in the episode of "Matlock" that aired December 1, 1987 entitled The Network as News Anchor Terry McNeil.

In addition to television production, Debra writes worship music, and is a media consultant for non-profit ministries. Some organizations and ministers she has worked with include: Ruth Graham, Veterans Restoration Ministry, Music to His Ears, The National Praise and Worship Institute, Living Stones International, and Life of Victory International Christian Ministries.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Miss America Fates and Fortunes Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  2. ^ "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ IMDB Biography of Debra Sue Maffett
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elizabeth Ward
Miss America
Succeeded by
Vanessa Williams
Preceded by
Cheryl Vancleave
Miss California
Succeeded by
Lisa Davenport
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