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Mary Ann Mobley

( b. Feb 17, 1939 Brandon, Mississippi, USA - d. Dec 09, 2014 Beverly Hills, California, USA ) Female

Mary Ann Mobley was the first Miss America representing Mississippi and an actress who starred in two films with Elvis Presley. Ms. Mobley was crowned Miss America in 1958, the same year that she graduated from the University of Mississippi. Over four decades, she performed in film, on television and on Broadway, becoming one of the most successful winners of the pageant.

She starred with Mr. Presley, who also hailed from Mississippi, in the 1965 films "Girl Happy" and "Harum Scarum." On television, she had roles on "Perry Mason," "The Love Boat" and "Diff'rent Strokes."

At the Miss America competition, she sang Puccini's "Un Bel Di" for the talent competition. After her year as Miss America, she performed on Broadway in Nowhere to Go But Up. She began working in film and television, winning the New Star of the Year award at the Golden Globe Awards in 1965, along with Mia Farrow.

In one memorable scene in "Girl Happy," Ms. Mobley, who had dark hair and big sparkling eyes, danced with Mr. Presley on stage at a club as he sang "Wolf Call."

Ms. Mobley later made documentary films in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Somalia. In a profile on the Miss America website, Ms. Mobley said that guerrilla forces once shot at her while she was filming in Mozambique. "I just pretended it was a movie set and waited for the director to yell cut," she said.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Nowhere to Go But Up
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Mary Ann Mobley [Jean Morgan]
Nov 10, 1962 - Nov 17, 1962
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