1959 Miss America Pageant
Pageant Results > Miss America Pageant > 1959 Mary Ann Mobley
Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, of Mississippi, was crowned in September 1958 by her predecessor Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958, of Colorado.
Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley, the first of two Miss Mississippi's to win the crown.
Mobley became renowned for her saucy performance in the talent competition where she included a mock strip-tease be between singing an opera, "Un bel Di", and a jazz number, "There'll be Some Changes Made." She won the preliminary talent trophy for the memorable performance.
Mary Ann Mobley was the first of two Miss Mississippi titleholders to win back-to-back Miss America titles in 1959 and 1960. The following year she crowned her successor, Lynda Lee Mead, Miss Mississippi, a fellow student and sorority sister at Ole Miss who she had encouraged to enter.
Mobley became a successful actress who starred in a number of movies and appeared in the hit TV series Different Strokes and Falcon Crest.
She married actor Gary Collins with whom she has one daughter Clancy.
She and Collins eventually became co-hosts for the Miss America pageant, who became the Pageant's emcee.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, Mobley has become an inspiring role model for others suffering from the disease.
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