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Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley dies at 77

December 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Miss America who went on to appear in movies with Elvis Presley and make documentary films around the world has died.

A spokesman for the University of Mississippi confirmed that Mary Ann Mobley Collins died Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California. She was 77.

Danny Blanton of Ole Miss says Collins was close friends with a former chancellor of the university. She graduated from Ole Miss in 1958, the same year she won the Miss America crown.

She became an actress a few years later, with credits including such TV shows as “General Hospital” and “Perry Mason,” and films such as “Girl Happy” with Presley and “Three on a Couch” with Jerry Lewis. It was on that film she met her husband, actor Gary Collins, who died in 2012.

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