April 13, 1989
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Festival / Queen
Actress Will Reign
who stars as Mary Anne on a television series, Perfect
Strangers, will reign as Queen Azalea XLII during the 1989
North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington.
Her role as
Mary Anne, an airline stewardess and neighbor of Balki and Larry
(Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker), was an outgrowth of a
guest-starring role on the series in 1986. Before joining
the cast of Perfect Strangers, Ms. Arthur won a role in a
pilot for a situation comedy, Anything for Love, and
appeared on episodes of Remington Steele, Newhart, TV
Bloopers, a Rodney Dangerfield special, and the movie About
began a career as a dancer in her early teens. At the
University of Maryland, she switched her major from dance to
dance-theater, and later enrolled in a drama school in New York
After a few
years working with a private investigations firm and sandwiching
in auditions, Ms. Arthur landed her first acting roles on two
daytime serials, The Guiding Light and Search for
Tomorrow. From there she landed jobs in commercials
and a play, which gave her the encouragement to move to Los
will be crowned during a concert by Frankie Valli and The Four
Seasons Saturday night as Trask Coliseum at the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington.
will attend almost all festival events, including the variety
show at Legion Stadium on Friday Night. She will be the
major attraction during the parade through downtown Wilmington
XLII will arrive aboard the Henrietta II at 10:15 a.m.
Thursday at Riverfront Park. The Queen's arrival is the
official opening event of the N.C. Azalea Festival.