Past Miss America and a noted Television celebrity who married display sponsor Gary Collins. She received Miss Mississippi in 1958 and was crowned Miss America another year–the 1st person from Mississippi to earn the name. She performed Maggie Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes. She divorced Gary Collins in 2012, however the two reconciled immediately after. She made an appearance on Perry Mason with Raymond Burr.
Date Of Birth February 17, 1939 Place Of Birth Brandon, MS Height 1.65 m Profession TV Actress Education University of Mississippi Nationality American Spouse Gary Collins, Gary Collins Children Mary Clancy Collins Awards Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress Movies Get Yourself a College Girl, Girl Happy, Harum Scarum, Three on a Couch, The King's Pirate, Istanbul Express, For Singles Only, My Dog, The Thief, The Girl on the Late, Late Show, Miss America, Lost in Time, The Secret of Lost Valley TV Shows Diff'rent Strokes, Be Our Guest
Star Sign Aquarius
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# Fact 1 Has a half-sister. 2 Stepmother of Guy Collins and Mimi Collins. 3 Mother-in-law of Dean White. 4 She was considered to be a panelist for the updated version of The Match Game (1962) in 1998, but turned down the offer due to illness. 5 Described herself as an "avid" scuba diver. 6 During the 1959 'Miss America' contest, Mary Ann sang, for the talent portion, a highly formal, operatic rendition of Puccini's "Un Bel Di" that segued into a belt version of "There'll Be Some Changes Made" as she stripped down into something skimpier. She won the crown. 7 A tireless humanitarian, Mary Ann has taken a particular interest in world hunger and children with learning disabilities, and has been an active participant with the March of Dimes for over 25 years. 8 Born in Biloxi, Mary Ann was voted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame along with fellow Mississipian William Faulkner. Mary Ann was the first woman to be so honored. 9 Started off her television career as a singing regular on variety shows. She later performed a number of musical roles in summer stock, including "Brigadoon", "Guys and Dolls", "Hello, Dolly!" and "The King and I". 10 She suffers from the painful condition Crohn's Disease and is an advocate for research and fundraising for the disease. 11 Mother of Clancy Collins White, a Senior Vice President with MGM Television. 12 She was cast as the original Batgirl on Batman (1966) but was replaced by Yvonne Craig. 13 Mary Ann was originally cast as The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), but was ultimately replaced by Stefanie Powers. 14 Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1987. 15 Daughter, Clancy Collins White, is a Paramount television executive. 16 Miss Mississippi 1958 and Miss America 1959.
Title Year Status Character Hardball 1994 TV Series Peaches Bandit: Bandit Bandit 1994 TV Movie Annie Hearts Afire 1992 TV Series Mary Fran Smithers Designing Women 1990 TV Series Karen Delaporte Falcon Crest 1988 TV Series Dr. Beth Everdene Diff'rent Strokes 1980-1986 TV Series Maggie McKinney Drummond / Nancy Osborne The Love Boat 1978-1985 TV Series Annette Epshaw / Marion Vail / Mrs. Diller Hotel 1984 TV Series Catherine Stevens Fantasy Island 1978-1984 TV Series Bryana Spencer / Nancy Carsons / Florence Richmond / ... Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Honey Lewis Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1969-1980 TV Series Susan Harkness / Kim Lawrence Vega$ 1980 TV Series Paula Conway Flying High 1979 TV Series Carol The Fantastic Journey 1977 TV Series Rhea Born Free 1974 TV Series Cynthia Cunningham The Girl on the Late, Late Show 1974 TV Movie The Librarian Police Story 1974 TV Series Liz The New Perry Mason 1973 TV Series Jennifer Fielding Love, American Style 1969-1973 TV Series segment "Love and the Seven-Year Wait" / Linda segment "Love and the Sex Survey" / Joanne Fergusson segment "Love and the Young Unmarrieds" / ...
- Love and the Golden Memory/Love and the Heavy Set/Love and the Novel/Love and the See-Through Mind/Love and the Seven Year Wait 1973 ... segment "Love and the Seven-Year Wait"
The Lie 1973 TV Movie The Partridge Family 1973 TV Series Audrey Parson The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series Nancy Sutherland / Lisa Wolf Search 1972 TV Series Lilia Moen God Bless Mr. Ferguson 1971 TV Movie To Rome with Love 1970 TV Series Joan Hamilton Ironside 1969 TV Series Marcy Atkins Istanbul Express 1968 TV Movie Peggy Coopersmith The Legend of Custer 1968 Ann Landry For Singles Only 1968 Anne Carr Custer 1967 TV Series Ann L'Andry The King's Pirate 1967 Princess Patna Iron Horse 1967 TV Series Susan Carter The Virginian 1967 TV Series Ellie Willard Run for Your Life 1965-1966 TV Series Laura Bronson / Clarice Newell Mission: Impossible 1966 TV Series Crystal Walker Perry Mason 1964-1966 TV Series Sharon Carmody / Dianne Adler Three on a Couch 1966 Susan Manning The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1966 TV Series April Dancer My Brother the Angel 1966 TV Series Chloe O'Brien Harum Scarum 1965 Princess Shalimar Young Dillinger 1965 Elaine Girl Happy 1965 Deena Burke's Law 1963-1965 TV Series Teri / Cindy / Girl, Nancy's Friend / ... Get Yourself a College Girl 1964 Teresa 'Terry' Taylor General Hospital 1963 TV Series Jonelle Andrews (1979) Soundtrack Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode Self Self
Title Year Status Character Cupcake Wars 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge Lifestyle Magazine 2008 TV Series documentary Herself Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself Dead Like Me 2003 TV Series Herself The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary Herself American Experience 2002 TV Series documentary Herself - Miss America 1959 Homes of Miss America 2001 TV Movie documentary Hostess Stars Over Mississippi 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 TV Series Herself Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Narrator Crook & Chase 1996 TV Series Herself Miss America: Beyond the Crown 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself - Miss America 1959 The 37th Annual Thalians Ball 1992 TV Movie Herself 70th Annual Miss America Pageant 1990 TV Special Herself - Miss America 1959 The New Hollywood Squares 1987-1989 TV Series Herself - Panelist Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1988 TV Series Herself Hour Magazine 1988 TV Series Herself The Home Show 1988 TV Series Guest Co-Host (1992, 1993) It's Howdy Doody Time 1987 TV Special Guest Super Password 1986 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Herself Body Language 1984-1985 TV Series Herself Family Feud 1983 TV Series Herself Wedding Day 1981 TV Series documentary Hostess Dance Fever 1980 TV Series Herself Card Sharks 1980 TV Series Herself To Tell the Truth 1980 TV Series Herself - Panelist (1980) Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself Circus of the Stars #4 1979 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer Circus of the Stars #3 1979 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1979 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself - TV Personality / Herself - Special Guest Host Circus of the Stars #2 1977 TV Special Herself - Performer Tattletales 1974-1977 TV Series Herself Circus of the Stars 1977 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer Match Game 73 1973-1977 TV Series Herself - Panelist Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Herself - Panelist Showoffs 1975 TV Series Herself The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1971 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Herself The Kraft Music Hall 1971 TV Series Herself He Said, She Said 1970 TV Series Herself The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself You Don't Say 1965-1968 TV Series Herself Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Herself - Fashion Hostess Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Herself The Pat Boone Show 1967 TV Series Herself The Milton Berle Show 1966 TV Series Herself That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Herself The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1965 1965 TV Movie Herself - Deb Star Get the Message 1964 TV Series Herself Be Our Guest 1960 TV Series Herself / Herself - Miss America The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Herself Miss America Pageant 1958 TV Movie Herself - Miss Mississippi Archive Footage Archive Footage Won awards Won awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie Award shared with 1965 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female Get Yourself a College Girl (1964) Nominated awards Nominated awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie Award shared with 1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards New Faces, Female 7th place.
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