Miss America 1959, Mary Ann Mobley, has died. Mobley was the first of the famous back-to-back Miss Mississippi titleholders to be named Miss Americas 1959 and 1960. After her reign, Mary Ann went on to enjoy fame as an actress in movies, on television and in theater. She starred in two films with Elvis Presley, Girl Happy and Harum Scarum.
The beloved former Miss Americaand her husband, actor Gary Collins, served as hosts of the 1988 Miss America Pageant after the legendary Bert Parks retired and his replacement, Ron Eli, did not return. That year, a judging tie prolonged deliberations so long that Mobley and Collins were forced to ad lib on live television. The couple had one child together, Clancy Collins White, who now serves as vice president of drama development at Warner Brothers Television Studios, and Collin’s children by a previous marriage, Melissa and Guy William Collins.
. Gary Collins passed away of October 13, 2012 at age 74.
For the talent competition at the 1958 Miss America competition, she initially sang Puccini’s “Un Bel Di” before suddenly launching into a mock striptease and switching to the pop tune, “There’ll Be Some Changes made.”
Her movies included “Get Yourself a College Girl” (1964; MGM), Young Dillinger (1965), Girl Happy (1965),
Harum Scarum (1965), Three on a Couch (1966), King’s Pirate (1967), For Singles Only (1968), Instanbul Express (1968) and the TV movie, “The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974).
Her television work included appearances on The Smothers Brothers Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, Mission: Impossible, World of Disney, To Rome with Love, Love, American Style, The Sixth Sense, Police Story, the soap opera General Hospital, Fantasy Island, Circus of the Stars, Vegas, World of Disney, The Love Boat, Falcon Crest, Designing Women, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
She starred in several TV series including her role as Maggie McKinney Drummond in Diff’rent Strokes, as . Beth Everdeen on Falcon Crest, and as Mary Fran Smithers on Hearts Afire.
She was awarded the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award in 1966 by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.