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Dawn Wells Dead: ‘Gilligan’s Island’s’ Mary Ann Dies of COVID


#Dawn #Wells, who starred as “good girl” #Mary #Ann in popular 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s #Island,” died #Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19 in #Los #Angeles. #She was 82.

#Pig-tailed and attired in her ubiquitous dungaress or gingham dress, which is on display at the #Hollywood #Museum, the #Mary #Ann character was the girl-next-door to #Tina #Louise’s suggestive evening dress-clad #Ginger, who was often subjected to leering comments from the male stars in the show’s dialogue.

#She told #Smashing #Interviews magazine that she was happy to change her image with a role as a prostitute in “The #Owl and the #Pussycat” soon after the show ended, “Mary #Ann was a good girl. #She was polite. #She was a hard worker. #She would be your best friend. #She cooked. #She cleaned. #She did all of those things, and she was a really good role model. #But the first thing you want to do is break that character and go do something else,” #Wells said.

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#Wells represented #Nevada in the 1959 #Miss #America pageant and appeared on several TV series before being cast in “Gilligan’s #Island” in 1964. A native of #Reno, #Wells also appeared in “77 #Sunset #Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “The #Joey #Bishop #Show” and “Hawaiian #Eye.”

#Publicist #Harlan #Boll announced her death.

#After the series ended in 1967, she returned for several TV movies and spinoff series. #She served as producer on TV movies “Surviving #Gilligan’s #Island” and “Return to the #Bat #Cave” with #Adam #West.

#She went on to appear in series including “Growing #Pains,” “The #Bold and the #Beautiful” and “Baywatch” and voiced #Gumbalina #Toothington in “The #Epic #Tales of #Captain #Underpants” series.

#In movies, #Wells appeared in “Winterhawk,” “The #Town #That #Dreaded #Sundown,” “Super #Sucker,” “The #New #Interns,” “It’s #Our #Time” and “Silent #But #Deadly.”

#Wells had a long career onstage, appearing in the national tours of “Chapter #Two” and “They’re #Playing #Our #Song” as well as in “Fatal #Attraction” with #Ken #Howard,” “The #Odd #Couple” with #Marcia #Wallace, “Steel #Magnolias” and “The #Vagina #Monologues.”

#Though she appeared in numerous TV shows, movies and plays, her role as #Mary #Ann was her most enduring, leading to gigs such as “castaway correspondent” for #Australia’s #Channel 9 and spokeswoman for the #MeTV network. #She wrote the book “A #Guide to #Life: #What #Would #Mary #Ann #Do?” in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Gilligan’s #Island.”

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#Her charitable efforts included working as chair of the #Terry #Lee #Wells #Foundation, focusing on women and children in #Northern #Nevada, and she received the #Elephant #Sanctuary #Trumpeting #Award for her work with the #Elephant #Sanctuary. #She also ran the #Film #Actors #Boot #Camp for seven years in #Idaho.

#Wells is survived by her stepsister, #Weslee #Wells. #Donations may be made to the #Elephant #Sanctuary, #Terry #Lee #Wells #Nevada #Discovery #Museum or the #Shambala #Preserve.





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https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/dawn-wells-dead-gilligans-island-mary-ann-1234876755/

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