A former Miss America who says she had a one-night stand with Bill Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas has apologized to the first lady.

"What I did was wrong, and I feel very, very bad about it now. My behavior was inappropriate -- that's just the bottom line," Elizabeth Ward Gracen said of the alleged 1983 tryst.

"That's not the way a woman should treat a woman," the Daily News quoted her as saying.

In a television interview aired Friday, Gracen said of Hillary Rodham Clinton: "I'll apologize to her now. It was wrong."

Gracen said she met Clinton when she was a struggling actress a year after being crowned Miss America. The beauty queen, who appears in the television series "Highlander," was 22 years old and married at the time.

"I was very young, but I always knew what I was doing," she told the Daily News. "It's behavior that I wouldn't recommend to any young women, no matter what degree of glamour or glitter there seems to be at first."

She said she went public only after hearing reports that Clinton had forced himself on her in the back seat of his limousine. "It was not true that I was ever harassed or coerced or pressured or manipulated into having sex with Bill Clinton. That was not true," she said on "Dateline NBC." The president was not asked about Gracen when he was deposed under oath in the now-dismissed Paula Jones sexual harassment case. In 1992, Gracen denied a liaison with Clinton. CAPTION: ELIZABETH WARD GRACEN