"He really worked at being at the top of his game," she said of Ebsen. "You had to keep up with him. I adored him. I think he had feelings for me too."

And once a Miss America, always a Miss America.

Meriwether won't be performing in "A Short Stay at Carranor" from Sept. 13-15 because she's heading back to Atlantic City for the Miss America pageant. This year's event features a reunion of the winners.

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'A Short Stay at Carranor'

Where: Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles

When: Fri-Sept. 29; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

Admisson: $22-$34

Information: (323) 851-7977, http://www.theatrewest.org