Official CBS.com Survivor: Panama - Exile Island
page excerpts (1/9/06):
"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 press.
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
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."