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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Remembering Mary Ann Mobley 1937 - 2014

Actress Mary Ann Mobley, who died Tuesday at age 77, became the first Mississippian to be crowned Miss America in 1958. She then began an acting career, which included Broadway (the 1962 musical, Nowhere to Go But Up, with Dorothy Loudon), films (1965's Girl Happy and Harum Scarum with Elvis Presley) and television (as Dixie Carter's replacement in the role of Maggie McKinney Drummond on the final season of Diff'rent Strokes).

Other film and television credits include Get Yourself a College Girl (1964), Young Dillinger (1965), Three on a Couch (1966) with Jerry Lewis, The King's Pirate (1967), For Singles Only (1968), five episodes of Love, American Style (1969-73), eight episodes of Fantasy Island (1978-84), General Hospital (1979) and Falcon Crest (1988). She played secret agent April Dancer in a 1966 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but she was replaced in the role by Stefanie Powers in the 1966-67 spin-off series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. She was also the first choice to play Batgirl on ABC's Batman in 1967, but Yvonne Craig was cast instead.

Mobley won a 1965 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (an award she shared with Mia Farrow and Celia Kaye). And she was married to actor/talk show host Gary Collins from 1967 until his death in 2012.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Ms. Mobley's life and career.

The 32nd Miss America pageant with host Bert Parks on September 6, 1958.

A 1959 episode of the ABC game show, Take a Good Look, with host Ernie Kovacs.

Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)

Girl Happy (1965)

Three on a Couch (1966)

The NBC game show, Card Sharks, on November 10, 1980.

An All-Star Family Feud Special with Phyllis Diller, Richard Simmons, Heather Locklear and Gary Collins on November 20, 1983.

The opening credits of the eighth and final (1985-86) season of Diff'rent Strokes.


joel65913 said...

Nice tribute. I hadn't realized she was ill and as those sort of passings do it shocked me. I suppose it's because I still think of her as the very beautiful, lively and charming belle who I use to see all over TV when I was a kid. It's been a rough year for that era of TV. Just this week alone Pugsley and now Marry Ann Mobley!

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you liked my tribute, Joel!