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Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
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Harum Scarum; Miss America 1959
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Mary Ann Mobley (February 17, 1937 – December 9, 2014) was an American actress, television personality and Miss America.
After serving her reign as Miss America 1959, Mobley embarked on a career in both film and television. She signed a five-year contract with MGM. She made her first five television appearances on Burke's Law from 1963-1965. She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1964 and 1966. In the first episode she played title character and defendant Dianne Adler in "The Case of the Blonde Bonanza." In the latter episode she played murderer and title character Sharon Carmody in "The Case of the Misguided Model." Between 1969-1973 she made five appearances on Love, American Style, and eight appearances on Fantasy Island from 1978-1984. She had a recurring role as Maggie McKinney Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes in the final season of the series, having taken over the role from Dixie Carter. (She would later guest star as Karen Delaporte, a snide head of a historical society who crossed swords with Dixie's character, Julia Sugarbaker, in Carter's later series, Designing Women)
She also made appearances on Match Game '76 as one of the celebrity panelists. She ended her television career in 1994 with an appearance on Hardball. She was Awarded the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year- Actress in 1965. She was active in many charitable causes and was awarded the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award in 1966 by Lady Bird Johnson.
Mobley was crowned Miss America 1959, the first Mississippian to achieve this honor, winning the national talent award.
Mobley joined her husband, Gary Collins, as co-host of the 1989 Miss America pageant.
Mobley was a member of Chi Omega sorority at the University of Mississippi and in 1981 was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame.
She married actor and TV host Gary Collins in 1967. They had one child, a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins. The Collinses separated in 2011, but reconciled and he moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, to be with her in 2012. He died on October 13, 2012.
In an interview with a scuba diving magazine, Mobley described herself as an "avid diver" who held certification as a scuba diver.
Health and death
Mobley had Crohn's disease, and had at times been an activist for improvements in treatment.
She was treated in 2009 for Stage 3 breast cancer. Mobley died at her home in Beverly Hills, California on December 9, 2014 from breast cancer, age 75.
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Mary Ann Mobley
Mary Ann Mobley (February 17, 1937 – December 9, 2014) was an American actress, television personality, and Miss America 1959.
Actress; beauty queen
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