Mary Ann Mobley Dead At 75

Actress and beauty queen Mary Ann Mobley died Tuesday in Beverly Hills after a battle with breast cancer at age 75, according to a statement from her alma mater, the University of Mississippi.

Mobley's long acting career included two starring roles opposite Elvis Presley and a run on ABC's "Diff'rent Strokes" as Mr. Drummond's wife in Season 8.

Long before that, she was an Ole Miss graduate and winner of the 1959 Miss America Pageant. Mobley moved to Los Angeles after claiming the tiara and studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, eventually signing a multi-picture film contract with MGM.

From there she landed a role on Aaron Spelling's "Burke's Law," appearing on five episodes through 1965. That same year she starred in "Girl Happy" opposite Presley, who had by then established himself as a prolific actor and rock 'n' roll legend.

Mobley again starred opposite Presley in "Harum Scarum," MGM's 1965 assassination thriller, and was named Most Promising Newcomer at that year's Golden Globes, a title she shared with Mia Farrow and Celia Kaye.

Her 1960s TV appearances included one-off stints on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Perry Mason" and "Mission: Impossible."

Her other notable film credits include "The Kings Pirate," "The Legend of Custer" and "For Singles Only." She remains one of only a handful of Miss America winners, to have achieve a successful Hollywood career, including Phyllis George and Vanessa Williams.

Mobley met her husband, late television host Gary Collins, in 1966 while starring alongside Jerry Lewis in the film "Three on a Couch." The couple married a year later.

After the 1960s, she went on to star on multiple episodes of "Fantasy Island," "The Love Boat," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Falcon Crest."

According to the University of Mississippi, in recent years, Mobley dedicated her time to charity -- raising money and awareness for both the March of Dimes and the United Cerebral Palsy Association. She also visited various developing Asian and African countries to make documentary films which chronicled the struggles of those countries' homeless and starving children.

Mary Ann Mobley was 75.

Source: Various / Updated: Dec 10, 2014 
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GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 16, 2014report abuse
I think every guy had a small "crush" on Mary Ann Mobley after watching her in the films "Girl Happy" & "Harum Scarum" and various Television projects later. I know I did !. I thought for sure that her cancer was in remission. So sad. She will be missed.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 14, 2014report abuse
I can only add it is indeed sad new's. R.I.P.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2014report abuse
Correction: Her character was Deena in GH.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2014report abuse
Very sad news and I agree we lost her much too young. She was a better actress than she was given credit for her. She excelled at.her role as the seductive Nina in GH and turned in a reasonable.performance in a rushed, bad movie as.Princess Shalimar in HS. Everyone in the movie HS deserved better and everyone's performance suffers.from it. RIP Ms Mobley
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2014report abuse
Made me very sad when I heard the news.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2014report abuse
My sincere condolances to her dear and near ones she left behind. Her loving memory will her legacy to cherish by all.
Pietro S (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2014report abuse
Sad news, but she will be remembered. Loved her performance in Harum Scarum & Girl Happy. What a gorgeous and fine lady! RIP
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2014report abuse
At 75 is (much) too young ! R.I.P. Mary Ann. Alway El.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2014report abuse
Didn't know she was sick. Shocking, sad news. RIP to a nice lady.

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