Mary Ann Mobley
After serving her reign as Miss America 1959, Mobley embarked on a career in both film and television. 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 Ms. 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 has been active in many charitable causes and was awarded the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award in 1966 by Lady Bird Johnson.
She married actor and TV host Gary Collins in 1967. They have 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.
Ms. Mobley has Crohn’s disease, and has at times been an activist for improvements in treatment.
Mary Ann Mobley was treated in 2009 for Stage 3 breast cancer and is currently in remission.
- Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)
- Girl Happy (1965)
- Harum Scarum (1965)
- Young Dillinger (1965)
- Three on a Couch (1966)
- For Singles Only (1968)
- The Virginian
- Perry Mason
- Night Gallery
- Mission: Impossible
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- Search (TV series)
- Love, American Style
- General Hospital
- Diff’rent Strokes
- Dead Like Me
- Designing Women
- Hearts Afire
- Fantasy Island
- Falcon Crest
- The Love Boat
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
- Partridge Family
- Match Game
- Associated Press (1958-09-07). “A Mississippi Miss Is New Miss America”. Chicago Tribune. p. 1.
- “TV Personalities Film In The Area”. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1983-11-23. p. 2C.
- Associated Press (1960-02-15). “Beauty Queen On Way To Stardom”. Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 5.
- Associated Press (1958-09-03). “Ann’s Faith Didn’t Let Her Down”. Miami News. p. 10A.
- Associated Press (1988-09-08). “A Changed Miss America Pageant Airs”. Ocala Star-Banner. p. 23.
- “All the Miss Americas, Then and Now” . Life (Time Inc.). September 28, 1959. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- “Prominent Chi Omegas” . Chi Omega. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- United Press International (1981-10-28). “People”. Beaver County Times. p. D12.
- United Press International (1967-11-25). “Former Miss America Weds In Mississippi”. Henderson Times News. p. 4.
- Gary Collins obituary
- “Beauty Queen Set To Attend Dayton Benefit”. Dayton Daily News. 1990-11-08. p. 3A.
- Info on Mary Ann Mobley’s breast cancer battle and activism
- “Elvis Presley Film Set For Weeklong Run”. The Free Lance Star. 1965-05-29. p. 2.
- “Harum Scarum”. The Evening Independent. 1969-03-14. p. 9-B.
- Associated Press (1985-08-04). “Mary Ann Mobley Shouldn’t Make A Difference”. Spokesman-Review. p. 20.
- “Actress Starred on Designing Women”. Victoria Times Colonist. 2010-04-14.
- “The Bulletin Board”. Toledo Blade. 1988-02-14. p. TVT12.
- Mary Ann Mobley Official Website
- Mary Ann Mobley at the Internet Movie Database
- Mary Ann Mobley at the Internet Broadway Database
- Mary Ann Mobley on Twitter
- The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
|Awards and achievements|
Marilyn Van Derbur
Lynda Lee Mead
|Miss America host
(with Gary Collins)
Gary Collins & Phyllis George