Mary Ann Mobley
Mary Ann Mobley
Mobley in 1958
|Born||February 17, 1937|
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||December 9, 2014 (aged 77)|
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi|
|Title||Miss Mississippi 1958|
Miss America 1959
|Predecessor||Marilyn Van Derbur|
|Successor||Lynda Lee Mead|
(m. 1967; died 2012)
Mary Ann Mobley (February 17, 1937 – December 9, 2014) was an American actress, television personality, and Miss America 1959.
Mobley was born in 1937 in Biloxi, Mississippi. 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 television appearances on Be Our Guest in 1960, followed by five appearances on Burke's Law from 1963 to 1965. In 1966 she was the female guest star on the first two-part episode of Mission: Impossible, in the episode “Old Man Out”. She went on to make multiple appearances on Perry Mason, Love, American Style, and Fantasy Island. She played 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 also played Arnold’s teacher on Different Strokes during season 2 episode 24. She later guest-starred as Karen Delaporte, a snide head of an historical society who crossed swords with Dixie's character, Julia Sugarbaker, in Carter's later series, Designing Women. She made two films with Elvis Presley in 1965, Girl Happy and Harum Scarum. They were friends, as they were both from Mississippi. Elvis liked that Mary Ann was a true Southern lady.
She was given 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 also made occasional appearances on Match Game as one of the celebrity panelists from 1973 to 1977. From 1984 to 1988, Mobley joined husband Gary Collins by co-hosting the Pillsbury Bake-Off on CBS.
Mobley joined husband Gary Collins as co-host of the 1989 Miss America pageant, in September 1988 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the 30th anniversary year of her own Miss America pageant victory.
She married actor and television host Gary Collins in 1967.
The couple separated in 2011, but reconciled and were living in Biloxi, Mississippi, when Collins died on October 13, 2012. Collins and Mobley had one daughter together, Mary Clancy Collins. Mobley was also stepmother to Melissa Collins and Guy William Collins, her husband's children from his first marriage.
Health and death
- 1964: Get Yourself a College Girl
- 1965: Girl Happy
- 1965: Harum Scarum
- 1965: Young Dillinger
- 1966: Three on a Couch
- 1967: The King's Pirate
- 1968: Istanbul Express
- 1968: For Singles Only
- 1974: The Girl on the Late, Late Show
1960 Be Our Guest (CBS daytime TV show)
- 1964: Burke's Law
- 1964/66: Perry Mason
- 1965/66 Run for Your Life
- 1966: Mission: Impossible
- 1966: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- 1967: The Legend of Custer
- 1967: The Virginian
- 1969–73 Love, American Style (4 episodes)
- 1969: Ironside
- 1972: Search
- 1973: The Partridge Family
- 1973–77 Match Game
- 1974–77 Tattletales
- 1978–84: Fantasy Island (8 episodes)
- 1978–85: The Love Boat (3 episodes)
- 1979: General Hospital
- 1985–86 Diff'rent Strokes
- 1980: Vega$
- 1984: Hotel
- 1986: Password
- 1988: Falcon Crest (4 episodes)
- 1990: Designing Women
- 1992: Hearts Afire
- 1999: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
- 2003: Dead Like Me
- Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (December 10, 2014). "Mary Ann Mobley, a Midcentury Miss America and an Actress, Dies at 75 [sic]". The New York Times.
She was 77. ... Ms. Mobley was born in Biloxi, Miss., in 1937. (Most biographical sources incorrectly give her birth year as 1939.) ... An earlier version of this obituary misstated the year Ms. Mobley was born. It was 1937, not 1939. (Most biographical sources give the later year.)
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- D'Zurilla, Christie (December 9, 2014). "Mary Ann Mobley, actress and Miss America 1959, dies at 77". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
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- "Elvis Presley Film Set For Weeklong Run". The Free Lance Star. 1965-05-29. p. 2.
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- "Mary Ann Mobley Shouldn't Make A Difference". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane. Associated Press. 1985-08-04. p. 20.
- "The Bulletin Board". The Toledo Blade. 1988-02-14. p. TVT12.
- Official website - Bad link now.
- Mary Ann Mobley on IMDb
- Mary Ann Mobley at the Internet Broadway Database
|Awards and achievements|
Marilyn Van Derbur
| Miss America
Lynda Lee Mead
| Miss Mississippi
| Miss America host
(with Gary Collins)
Gary Collins & Phyllis George