Marie Milliman -
Survivor: Panama Contestant
Ruth Marie Milliman
- CBS BIO
Ruth Marie Milliman was born and raised in Anderson, South
Carolina, where she enjoyed athletics and was actively involved in Little
Theater and competitive ballroom dancing, along with singing in pageants
and weddings. She graduated from T.L. Hanna High School.
In 1975, Milliman was crowned Miss Teenage Greenville and participated in
Miss Teenage America. She then attended the University of South Carolina,
where she eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal
justice. While in college, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and
was a cheerleader (she was head cheerleader for the squad in 1979). She
also worked as a page for the South Carolina House of Representatives.
During her college years, Milliman was crowned the 1978 South Carolina
Watermelon Queen and the 1979 Miss Cayce West Columbia. She attended the
Miss South Carolina Pageant, in which she was voted Miss Photogenic by the
After graduating college, Milliman was hired by Eastern Airlines as a
flight attendant. In 1981, she was appointed First Female Narcotics agent
with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency and attended the South
Carolina Police Academy.
For the past 19 years, Milliman has been involved with and employed in
shopping center development. She is currently the Director of Retail
Leasing for Centennial American Properties in Greenville, South Carolina.
Milliman has been running competitively since 1992 and holds many road
race records in South Carolina. In 2001, she was awarded the YWCA Women in
Sports Award. In 2003, she participated in the Marathon Des Sables, a race
often called "the toughest footrace on the planet." The
competition entails a seven day, 152-mile stage race. She finished second
out of 59 women and placed 100th overall out of 677 runners. She was
featured in an Emmy-nominated ESPN special about the race, titled
"Foot Race Across the Sand."
Milliman is an active member of the PTA for Greenville High School and is
a member of the Greenville High Booster Club. She was head coach for the
Greenville Track Club Junior Olympic Youth Program for four years. She is
also a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Milliman is the proud mother of two teenage children, Anna, 15, and Max,
17. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. Her birth date is
April 11, 1957.
Ruth Marie Milliman - Favorites
South Carolina Gamecocks, Greenville High School Red Raiders
swimming, water skiing
CSI, Sex & the City
Hill, Gone with the Wind
Selleck, Tommy Lee Jones
Ryan, Sarah Jessica Parker
types, Elvis Presley
World, Running Times, People
Not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong)
mix, almonds, energy bars