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Gary Collins and Wife

Separated

9/19/2011 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Gary Collins' wife of 43 years needs a time out in her marriage to the TV host ... TMZ has learned she filed Monday for legal separation.

Mary Ann Mobley -- who won the Miss America title in 1959 -- is "miserable about the whole situation" ... this according to her rep who spoke with TMZ.

Mary Ann is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation as she deals with stage 3 breast cancer.  Mary Ann's rep tells us Gary is depressed about her illness and they both felt they needed a break. 

The rep says no other person is involved in the separation. 

Gary has had his own problems, after being arrested 3 times and convicted twice for DUI.

The date of separation is listed as October 1, 2010 -- nearly a year ago.

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16.

Woot    

Ah, my fellow Crohn's disease sufferer... leave the bastid! You don't need him and you're a strong woman. Stronger without him!

1074 days ago
17.

CountryGal    

Come on now,43 years is forever. Try and work it out. That really sucks

1074 days ago
18.

Kennedy    

Wonder if he will got out drinking to celebrate

1074 days ago
19.

Kelly    

Typical alcoholic behavior, he's depressed about HER illness so he drinks and is self involved and unsupportive.
what a shame she has to go through fighting cancer without the one person she should have by her side, but maybe letting go will give her the space, peace and strength to fight for herself now.

1074 days ago
20.

karlew    

This is a strange time and a strange reason to seperate after all that time. There's more to this.

1074 days ago
21.

Sonya in Tx    

She has a short temper. I remember a prank show where Mary Ann was the subject and Gary was in on it. She went ballistic and poor Gary had to peel her off the ceiling....

1074 days ago
22.

limpd    

Wow. She is a really beautiful lady. Very classy looking.

1074 days ago
23.

LittleBIt    

I can't believe he deserts her during stage 3 cancer! After 45 years you are supposed to be there for each other even more. I can't understand him getting busted 3 times for drinking and driving. Maybe she's fed up with his drinking. Nobody needs a drunk husband while fighting cancer. Really sad.

1073 days ago
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1073 days ago
25.

themare    

Good luck, Mary Ann in your fight against breast cancer. Never give up and surround yourself with family.

1073 days ago
26.

Eastender    

Wow,Gary -- I'm so sorry to hear that you're depressed because your wife has cancer and is going through chemo. What a f'n *******.

1073 days ago
27.

fastdriver    

WOW! You leave your wife at a time like this? What a S***BAG! I hope you get cancer! Karma is a bitch!

1073 days ago
28.

Sloane    

back in the day there were a stunning couple
have the feeling that she's been silently dealing with his drinking for years and add that to her struggle to beat her cancer and it just becomes too much for anyone
better to focus on the cancer treatments and let her husband get help for himself if he wants it
she was a southern Christian woman when they married, so you know that she tolerated the marriage as long as humanly possible

1073 days ago
29.

Sloane    

@longagain: 13 hours ago

Here is a pic of him with his girlfriend in front of his "Monkey Business" boat. Oh yeah...
http://tinyurl.com/4xxx8tz
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can understand the confusion because they do look a bit alike and the photo/incident was years ago
but the man in the pic was married senator Gary Hart who began to run for president and dared the press to find something on him as he claimed to be pure as the driven snow (you can google the story- I'm going by memory)
didn't take long before they came up with a pic of him and his girlfriend on the boat with the appropriate name, so he alone deraliled his political future...and became fodder fo a ton of late night political jokes.
just a little FYI
you really see an errily strong resemblance to the 2 men in the photo you listed

1073 days ago
30.

peachpie    

I have had to cut a lot of people out of my life because their personal choices made the possibility of me living my life on my terms impossible. I believe if people really love you they would not bring "messy" into your life. It is very important when you are ill to have peace and quiet enjoyment. I am glad to see she wants to concentrate on taking care of herself and let Gary take care of himself. Don't live a life of hell and die and go to.

1073 days ago
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