By People Staff
February 28, 1977 12:00 PM

It has been a hard winter in Detroit, so deejay Dick Purtan decided to cheer up his listeners. What better way, he figured, than a Farrah Fawcett-Majors lookalike contest? In almost less time than it takes for Charlie’s Angels to snake through one of their serpentine plots, 280 would-be FF-Ms signed up. The aspirants were winnowed to 15 finalists (above), who were judged before a crowd of more than 2,000 at a suburban shopping center.

The winner was Mary Gallagher, 20, of Livonia, Mich., who entered at the urging of fellow clerks at United Parcel Service. “I was so nervous I couldn’t even smile,” says Mary, who had never entered a beauty contest before, although people frequently stop her “in stores and discos” to marvel at her resemblance to Mrs. Lee Majors.

Mary’s prizes include a trip to Hollywood, a soda at Schwab’s drugstore and a bus tour that goes past Farrah’s home. She also got 12 big photographs showing her in a swimsuit identical to the one worn by Farrah in her famous poster. After the contest Mary signed up with an agent to handle the offers for modeling and personal appearances that are coming in. She also carried on with her plans to marry Terry Dobbs, a dental technician, on Feb. 25.

Oh yes, which one is Mary? She’s in the front row, farthest right. And, ironically, she isn’t even an FF-M fan. “All she has going for her is looks,” says Mary. “She can’t act for nothing.”

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