Former Miss Arkansas Struggles from the Streets

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Bunnie Holbert has traveled from a peak of being Miss Arkansas in 1977 to living in her car and now is on the way back up.

The 49-year-old Holbert says her troubles are rooted in alcoholism, broken marriages and health problems. Now, she's working part-time while she stays at the Little Rock ``Our House'' shelter and says she is looking for a fresh start.

Holbert represented the state in the Miss America Pageant in 1977. But after two marriages, debilitating health problems and leaving full-time work, Holbert found herself in a downward spiral. Last year, she was hospitalized for a variety of infections, and she says her condition was made worse by drinking.

A brother let her spend the holidays at his home, but afterward, Holbert had to solve her own problems. That's why she's at the shelter.

Holbert helps with duties at the shelter and is working part-time at a beauty salon. She says she has her ``Bunnie spirit'' back. She says her first goal after finding full-time work is getting a home of her own.

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