Mary Ann Mobley

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Mary Ann Mobley is a former Miss America
Miss America
The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands...

, actress, and television personality.


After serving her reign as Miss America 1959, Mobley embarked on a career in both film and television. 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
Lady Bird Johnson
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Miss America

Mobley was crowned Miss America 1959, the first Mississippi
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an to achieve this honor, winning the national talent award.

Mobley joined her husband, Gary Collins, as co-host of the 1989 Miss America pageant.


She was a member of Chi Omega
Chi Omega
Chi Omega is a women's fraternity and the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference. Chi Omega has 174 active collegiate chapters and over 230 alumnae chapters. Chi Omega's national headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee....

 sorority at the University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1844, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford, four branch campuses located in Booneville, Grenada, Tupelo, and Southaven as well as the...

. and in 1981 was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame.

She married actor Gary Collins
Gary Collins (actor)
Gary Ennis Collins is an American film and television performer.-Early life and career:Collins was born in Venice, California, to a waitress/factory worker mother. After attending Santa Monica City College, he enlisted in the U.S...

 in 1967. They have one child, a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins.

In an interview with a scuba diving magazine, Mobley described herself as an "avid diver" and holds certification as a scuba diver.

Mary Ann Mobley was treated in 2009 for Stage 3 breast cancer and is currently in remission.


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