And very nearly her mind.
Williams wasn't just the reigning Miss America, she was also the first Black Miss America.
As she's thrived, it's languished.
The cover boy was George Burns, the beloved geriatric actor who'd played the All Mighty in the recent hit comedy Oh God! Came this close to wiping it off the face of the planet.
To win that pageant was to lose your identity.
So prim and prissy was it, so Victorian in its attitudes and values, that it was unable to handle a winner who was sexual and complicated, who had a mind of her own.