Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island – Dawn Wells

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Mary Ann

 of Gilligan’s Island

Dawn Wells

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dawn Elberta Wells (born October 18, 1938) is an American actress known for playing Mary Ann Summers on the sitcom Gilligan’s Island during its run from 1964 until 1967.

Early life

Wells was born in Reno, Nevada. She 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. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

In 1959, Wells was crowned Miss Nevada and represented her state in the 1960 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


After moving to Hollywood, she began appearing in guest roles in such television series as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick on ABC, and Bonanza on NBC, before the role of Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. She reprised her role in the various Gilligan’s Island reunion specials.
Wells starred with Michael Dante in the independent movie Winterhawk (1975), playing a Western settler kidnapped by a Native-American chief. She continued guest starring in various television series.
Following Gilligan’s Island, Wells embarked on a very successful theater career that is still going strong to this day. She has appeared in nearly 100 theatrical productions as of July 2009. She spent the majority of the 70′s and 80′s touring in musical theatre productions. She also had a one-woman show she performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 1985.
In the 1990s, she became a spokesperson for Western Union, Cuisinart, Long John Silver’s, Coca-Cola and 1-800-COLLECT.

In 1993, Wells published Mary Ann’s Gilligan’s Island Cookbook with co-writers Ken Beck & Jim Clark, including a foreword by Bob Denver.
According to Forbes Collector, in April 2005, Wells consigned for sale her original gingham blouse and shorts ensemble from her signature role. A Beverly Hills auction house, Profiles in History, sold it for $20,700.
In 2008, Wells came to Los Angeles to join Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island for the celebration of Schwartz’ entry into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


 Personal life


She was married to Larry Rosen (a talent agent) from 1962–1967
Wells spent summers in her early years in the Teton Valley of eastern Idaho, and relocated there in the 1990s. In Idaho, she runs a successful business, Wishing Wells Collections, making clothing for people with limited mobility. She is the founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute] She organized Spud Fest, a regional annual family movie festival, and has been a spokesperson for Idaho Potatoes.

The Many Faces of Dawn Wells

Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island  Caught With Marijuana in Car

I knew it!! That’s why I always liked her better!!!

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I’m still the cutest thing that ever sprouted in an Idaho Potato Patch Dummi and U know it!!!


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19 Responses to Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island – Dawn Wells

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  2. Why did the Howells ever get aboard The Minnow on Gilligans Island?.Now before you simply shrug the question off as meaningless theres actually a backstory here.

  3. Jeff DeWitt says:

    Umm…. well first of all the Howell’s didn’t get on the Minnow on Gilligan’s Island, they got on in Hawaii, and I expect they did it because they wanted to take a three hour tour!

  4. Graeme says:

    I enjoyed GI, but also found the show frustrating because, as people say, they could build houses, vehicles, movie production studios … why couldn’t they build a boat?

    Anyway, the reason I kept watching … Mary-Anne. A beautiful woman who made a huge impression on a red blooded boy in his early teens :)

  5. sklep says:

    Nice old lady, we today have lady gaga, the have that woman :)

  6. Jo says:

    Mary Ann >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ginger by a few hundred miles and a half.

  7. Reggie says:

    I’ve always had a huge crush on Mary Ann and always will nothing against Ginger but l adore Dawn Wells to this day

  8. Duke Brooks says:

    It may seem academic at this point, but…three years on an island…and their clothing was NEVER dirty in the slightest. They were always clean-shaven, their hair was always PERFECT, and they obviously had more than ample food. The question is, why would they want to return?

  9. Duallydude says:

    show me 5 people that preferred Ginger over Mary Anne

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  11. alex tsban says:

    Ginger was good looking,but Hollywood slapped so much makeup on her,and her hair dresser,well that was the 60′s-made Mary Ann look like a down to earth sweetheart.

  12. Jim says:

    Mary Ann was everybodys girl next door:)

  13. Alan Moore says:

    Ginger or Mary Ann ?
    Only on answer MARY ANN
    Ginger was plastic, and Mary Ann was a down to earth girl.
    I had a big crush on Dawn Wells aka Mary Ann Somers.

  14. charles says:

    ginger is fine too

  15. dummidumbwit says:

    Of Course she is, but it’s like comparing Sarah Palin to Michelle Bachmann, both of them are strikingly attractive women??? But Bachmann is a crazy from another Planet or dimension, where Palin is the Girl next door nuts??

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