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Tara Elizabeth Connor, Miss USA, guest on ABC morning show

Kelly Rippa of Live With Regis and Kelly introduces new Miss USA Tara Elizabeth Connor and compliments her on composure
By Linda Waggener
With quotes from WBKO Channel 13 tv
morning show (with permission)
"You actually maintained enough composure to flash a winning and beautiful smile," Kelly told Tara, describing Friday night's NBC television event where Tara Elizabeth Connor of Russsell Springs was crowned Miss USA.

"I think it was because I was literally in shock," Tara said, drawing laughter from the audience,

"...I actually didn't cry until the next morning at breakfast when I realized that I was moving here to New York." She will have an apartment there for the year.

They talked about her family's reaction and Tara told Kelly that her whole family was thrilled. She said, "my brother Josh is stationed in Naples, Italy and didn't get to watch the pageant but said people on the base started telling him that his sister had won Miss USA. He called our dad, and when he got confirmation said to him, 'you are kidding, right???'. Tara told Kelly that she loved her brother so much and hoped to go see him in Italy in her travels.

Tara went from local pageants to become Miss Kentucky and then to national competition where she won the Miss USA title.

Our friend and pageant watcher Margaret Arnold reminds us that Tara is the first Kentucky girl to have won the title in the entire history of the Miss USA pageants.

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This story was posted on 2006-04-24 10:38:58
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2006-04-24 - WBKO Channel 13 Morning Show - Photo staff. RUSSELL COUNTY'S MOST FAMOUS CITIZEN THIS MORNING IS TARA ELIZABETH CONNOR who was crowned Miss USA Friday night. If you go to the web search engine and type in her name, a long list of news events appear about her already. She was a guest on ABC television's Live With Regis and Kelly this morning which could be seen locally on WBKO Channel 13 (on the tv screen in the photo). After introducing Tara and showing this footage of her crowning event Friday night, Kelly Rippa told Tara that she had maintained good composure and was able to give a winning smile when she was crowned. Tara responded that she thought it was because she was in shock. Tara talked about her brother Josh who is stationed in Italy, and about her family members who are thrilled for her. She will be living in New York this year as her journey as Miss USA begins.
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