Mary Ann Mobley was a Miss America, a humanitarian, a motivational speaker, a documentary film maker, an award-winning actress, best friend to her husband and a proud mom.
Born and raised in the south, this southern belle was a true steel magnolia. On the shelf next to her Golden Globe Award is the cap given to her by The Blue Angels after she flew with them in a F-18, photos from shark dives and the many buckles she has won participating in her new passion pro-celebrity rodeo.
Mobley held her own starring opposite Elvis Presley and held her breath when shot at by Guerilla forces in Mozambique. She tirelessly dedicated many years documenting the children of war suffering from starvation in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan.
As a motivational speaker, Mobley spoke from experience and her heart on time management and being a working mother. She was the first woman to be inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame and was most touched to be part of a group of inductees that includes her friend from Ole Miss', William Faulkner. At her death, Mobley represented Time Warner and American Movie speaking around the country on film preservation.
Film credits include roles in Young Dillinger, Girl Happy, Harum Scarum and Three on a Couch. Her too-numerous-to-count television credits include a series regular on Diff'rent Strokes portraying the mom, Maggie McKinney Drummond and playing herself on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. A series regular on the daytime drama, General Hospital, Mobley counts among other television credits guest starring on Designing Women, Heart's Afire, eight appearances on Fantasy Island, and a recurring role on Falcon Crest portraying Dr. Beth Everdeen.
Mobley had an extensive stage background which included five national tours. Among her theatre credits are Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Pajama Game, On A Clear Day, Irene, Love Letters, The King and I, Music Man and Hello Dolly!
Mobley served on the national Board of Trustees for The March of Dimes, is a Director of the Board for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, served on the National Council on Disability and volunteered her time and energy to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mary Ann Mobley was happily married to actor and Emmy Award winning talk show host Gary Collins who died in 2012. Mobley took great pride in their daughter Mary Clancy Collins who is Senior Vice-President of Drama Development for MGM Television.
On top of it all Mobley did what was considered the impossible in Hollywood, keeping the same address, the same telephone number and the same husband for 45 years!
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter Clancy Collins White (and her husband William); step-daugher Melissa Collins; step-son Guy William Collins (and his wife, Michelle); sister Sandra; and grandsons Garrett and Gaston.