Actress and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley died Tuesday, Dec. 9 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 75-years-old.
The Mississippi native was crowned the state’s first Miss America in 1959. Following her reign, she embarked on a career in both film and television and landed her first TV appearance in the 1960s show, ‘Burke’s Law.’
Mary Ann in October 1958.
After landing theater gigs in musicals including ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘The King and I,’ Mary Ann starred opposite Elvis Presley in ‘Harum Scarum’ and ‘Girl Happy’ in 1965.
She also served as a regular on the show ‘Circus with the Stars’ and appeared on many popular small screen series like ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Falcon Crest.’
Mary Ann and Elvis in ‘Girl Happy’ in January 1965.
In 1967, Mary Ann wed actor and talk show host Gary Collins. The couple later became devoted philanthropists and traveled the world volunteering with various relief organizations to end world hunger. Sadly, Gary passed away from natural causes in 2012.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter, Mary Clancy Collins, and stepchildren Guy William Collins and Melissa Collins.