Dawn Wells

Dawn Elberta Wells

Dawn Elberta Wells(born October 18, 1938) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcomGilligan's Island. She and Tina Louise are the last surviving cast members from that series, not counting the three original actors for The Professor, Ginger and Mary Ann in the unaired pilot.

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 Dawn Wells's Early life

Wells was born in Reno , Nevada , where she attended Reno High School . She later attended Stephens College in Columbia , Missouri , where she majored in chemistry. She transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle , where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in theater arts and design. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

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 Dawn Wells's Career

In Hollywood , Wells made her debut on ABC 'sThe Roaring 20sand was cast in episodes of such television series as77 Sunset Strip,The Cheyenne Show,Maverick ,andBonanza, before she took the role of Mary Ann onGilligan's Island. She reprised her character in the variousGilligan's Islandreunion specials, including a reunion cartoon spin-off,Gilligan's Planet, and three reunion movies:Rescue from Gilligan's Island,The Castaways on Gilligan's IslandandThe Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island.

She also appeared as a guest star onWagon Train,Tales of Wells Fargo,87th Precinct,Surfside 6,Hawaiian Eye,Ripcord,The Everglades,The Detectives (1959 TV series),It's a Man's World,Laramie,Burke's Law,The Invaders,The Wild Wild West,The F.B.I.,Vega$,The Love Boat,Fantasy Island,ALF,Herman's Head,Three Sisters,Pastor Greg ,andRoseanne.

Wells 1975 press release

Wells had small roles in the early 1960s filmsPalm Springs WeekendandThe New Interns, and later starred with Michael Dante in the independent 1975 filmWinterhawk, playing a Western settler kidnapped by a Native American chief. Other films includeThe Town That Dreaded Sundown,Return to Boggy Creek,Lover's Knot,Soulmates,Forever For Now, andSuper Sucker. In fall 2011, she began filmingHotel Arthritis, a comedy horror film released in 2012.

FollowingGilligan's Island, Wells embarked on a theater career, appearing in nearly one hundred theatrical productions as of July 2009. She spent the majority of the 1970s and 1980s touring in musical theater productions. She also had a one-woman show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1985.

In the 1990s, she became a spokeswoman for Western Union , Cuisinart , Long John Silver's , Coca-Cola , and 1800collect .[citation needed]

In 1993, Wells publishedMary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbookwith co-writers Ken Beck and Jim Clark, including a foreword by Bob Denver .

In 2008, Wells came to Los Angeles to join Sherwood Schwartz , the creator ofGilligan's Island, for the celebration of Schwartz's entry into the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

Wells appeared on a celebrity episode of Food Network 'sChopped, entitled "Celebrity Holiday Bash", which first aired December 1, 2013.

, which she co-wrote with Steve Stinson. The book was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary ofGilligan's Island.

In 2015, Wells did commercial and hosting spots for "The Summer of Me", on classic TV show network Me-TV .

Gilligan's Island, even after the series completed its run. Before his death, Hale contributed a family recipe ("Kansas Chicken and Dumplings") to her 1993 cookbook,Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook. Hale, whose character was the inspiration behind such included concoctions as 'Skipper's Coconut Pie,' 'Skipper's Navy Bean Soup,' and 'Skipper's Goodbye Ribeye,' can be seen depicted as Skipper Jonas Grumby in numerous photographs throughout the book. She said in a 2014 interview with GoErie.com, about her memory with him, "Alan could not have been kinder to a young actress. He was a real peach."When he died in January 1990, she was the only cast member to attend his memorial.[citation needed]

Following the January 2014 death ofGilligan's Islandco-star Russell Johnson , Wells and actress Tina Louise are the only surviving cast members of the original sitcom.

In May 2016, Wells was named Marketing Ambassador to MeTV Network. From a network press release: "Dawn Wells will serve as the MeTV Marketing Ambassador for the coming year, bringing her talent, warmth and generous spirit to a variety of MeTV appearances, performances and events. First up, Dawn will be the on-camera network hostess forThe Summer of Me, MeTV’s annual programming event."

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 Dawn Wells's Personal life

Wells in 2015

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and has been a spokeswoman for Idaho Potatoes .

co-star Bob Denver . In November 2009, she appeared at the Denver Foundation's Christmas Wish Celebrity Auction, helping to raise funds for the disabled and disadvantaged in West Virginia.

Reckless driving incident[edit]

Saturday Night Livemaking fun of it!"

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 Dawn Wells's Reception

ranked Wells No. 50 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.

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 Dawn Wells's Partial TV and filmography

  • 1961:The Everglades‒ played Piney
  • 1961:The Cheyenne Show‒ "Lone Patrol" ‒ played Sarah Claypool
  • 1961:Maverick‒ "The Deadly Image" ‒ played Caprice Rambeau
  • 1962:Bonanza‒ "The Way Station" ‒ played Marty Johnson
  • 1962:It's a Man's World‒ "The Bravest Man in Cordella" and "Chicago Gains a Number" ‒ played Molly
  • 1963:Palm Springs Weekend
  • 1963: Laramie (TV series) "The Violent Ones" Played Millie
  • 1964:The New Interns
  • 1964:The Joey Bishop Show- "Joey and Roberta Sherwood Play a Benefit" - played Marylin, Larry's ( Corbett Monica ) date
  • 1964-1967:Gilligan's Island
  • 1967:The Invaders- "Dark Outpost"
  • 1968:Bonanza‒ "The Burning Sky" ‒ played Moon Holt
  • 1975:Winterhawk
  • 1976:The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • 1977:Return to Boggy Creek
  • 1978:Rescue from Gilligan's Island
  • 1979:The Castaways on Gilligan's Island
  • 1981: " The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island "
  • 1982-1983:Gilligan's Planet‒ performed the voices of Mary Ann and Ginger
  • 1983:High School U.S.A.
  • 1987:ALF‒ "Somewhere Over the Rerun" ‒ played Mary Ann
  • 1989:The Princess and the Dwarf
  • 1992:Soulmates
  • 1994:Space Ghost Coast to Coast‒ one episode ‒ played herself
  • 1996:Lover's Knot
  • 2000:The Man Show‒ episode 206, played herself
  • 2001:Surviving Gilligan's Island‒ made-for-television movie ‒ played herself
  • 2002:Super Sucker
  • 2004:Forever for Now
  • 2005:Cyber Meltdown
  • 2005:Girlfriendsas herself
  • 2012:Hotel Arthritis

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 Dawn Wells's References

  1. Potempa, Phillip. "FROM the FARM: Leftover turkey perfect for 'Gilligan's Island' casserole". nwi.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. Goldberg, Delen (January 12, 2012). "10 past Nevada pageant winners who have gained notoriety". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  3. "The world according to Dawn Wells, a.k.a. 'Gilligan Island's' Mary Ann". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. "Kevin Cuneo: Mary Ann's still a sweetheart". GoErie.com - Erie, PA. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  5. "Dawn Wells Interview". gilligansisle.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  6. Wells, Dawn (2006). "Wishing Wells Collections". dawn-wells.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  7. "Idaho Film and Television Institute". idahofilminstitute.org. Archived from the original on April 6, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  8. "Peeling Idaho Potatoes". idahopotato.com. Idaho Potato Commission. 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  9. "Bob Denver website". bobdenver.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  10. "Mary Ann--More Like Mary Jane!!". TMZ. Time Warner. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  11. "Mary Ann of 'Gilligan's Island' Caught With Marijuana in Car". Fox News. Fox Entertainment Group. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  12. "It Wasn't Mary Ann's Mary Jane!". TMZ. Time Warner. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  13. ""Gilligan's Island" Good Girl In Hot Water". CBS News. March 11, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  14. "Statement of Facts from Dawn". Dawn Wells. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  15. "'Gilligan's Island' star Dawn Wells won't be Girl Scouts speaker after arrest". Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. March 14, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  16. "Dawn Wells - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  17. TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 202. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 

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