In 1959, I watched a beautiful brunette crowned “Miss America”. I was 13 years old, and thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. Her name was Mary Anne Mobley. A few years later, when she married Gary Collins, an actor, I thought he was the luckiest man in the world.
Mr. Collins died today in Biloxi, Mississippi at the age of 74. He was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning, and subsequently died of natural causes. The specifics have not been reported.
His resume included “Hour Magazine”, the “Miss America Pageant”, and television shows including, “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”, “Iron Horse”, the “Sixth Sense”, and “Born Free”.
He began his acting career when in the U.S. Army. He was a disc jockey and announcer for Armed Forces Radio.
He was born on April 30, 1938 in Venice, California.