Remembering Dawn Wells- Mary Ann From Gilligan's Island
getting away from baseball for a bit..........................
By 1959 the brunette Ms. Wells was crowned Miss Nevada & represented that state in the 1960 Miss America Pageant, held in Atlantic City. She soon moved to
Hollywood. In 1962 she married talent agent Larry Rosen, who helped her career. They would divorce in 1967 & have no children.
Gilligan's' Island, was a big show for, me & millions of my generation. We were first generation in it's reruns, whether after school or later at night. The simple show, kept us laughing at its silliness & we loved the characters as if they were our actual friends. The seven stranded Castaway's never got off the island, but each episode was entertaining in its own way.
In the first season, she & the professor were referred to as "and the rest" in the opening classic theme song. That was changed to "the Professor & Mary Ann" the next season.
Mary Ann would wear, ribbons in her hair, blue jeans, sailor shorts & the classic red gingham top. She was different from the other young girl, Ginger, the Movie Star. Ginger was high maintenance, she wore elaborate gowns, expensive jewelry & furs. She always put on the sexy movie star act, Mary Ann didn't have too, she was just herself. This had every boy asking what's your type- "Ginger or Mary Ann"?
Quotes- Tina Louise: "I'm very sad. Dawn was a wonderful person. I ant people to remember her as someone who always had a smile on her face. Nothing is more important than family & she was family. She will always be remembered."
Rumor had it, Wells had signed a deal, with the help of her talent agent husband, that got her residuals during reruns. She claimed it was not true, as most actors from those classic shows never got any money from the reruns. This makes sense since a GoFundMe page was set up in 2018 to help her pay for medical bills after a fall. Over $200,000 was raised.
Trivia: She played the Mary Ann character seven times in her life, on Gilligan's Island, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Gilligan's Planet, Alf, Baywatch, Herman's Head & Meego.
After Gilligan's Island, she had a healthy career & never stopped working. She had a successful theater career & toured in musical theater as well, appearing in over 66 theatrical productions.
Wells would share time living between LA & Idaho. There she became a spokesperson for Idaho
Potatoes & started the "Spudfest" movie festival. She also founded the "Dawn Wells Film Actors Bootcamp" for trained amateur actors looking to become professionals.
She was involved in many charities thru the years, including the Denver Foundation run by (Gilligan) Bob Denver's widow, Dreama Denver.
Passing: On December 30th 2020,
Dawn Wells passed away from complications due to COVID 19 at the age of 82.
Quotes: Jon Cryer, Alan in one of my other favorite shows Two & Half Men: "It was such a thrill to meet Dawn Wells when she came to see Two & Half Men". She could not have been more lovely & gracious. I'm so grateful that I got to enjoy the work she loved doing".