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Dreama Denver, widow of Bob Denver, remembers Dawn Wells: ‘She was forever grateful for “Gilligan’s Island”‘


EXCLUSIVE: #Dreama #Denver, the wife of the late #Bob #Denver, who famously portrayed #Gilligan on “#Gilligan’s #Island,” is remembering her dear friend #Dawn #Wells, who died on #Wednesday of COVID-19 related causes.

#Denver and #Wells’ friendship spanned four decades. The two were close over the years, as #Wells played #Mary #Ann #Summers on “#Gilligan’s #Island” opposite #Bob, who died in 2005.

#Wells, a #Reno native, who represented #Nevada in the #Miss #America pageant in 1959 before taking on the iconic television role in the castaway series, died in #Los #Angeles of COVID-19-related causes #Wednesday morning, according to her publicist. #She was 82.

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#Denver noted that her bond with #Wells only strengthened over time, with the pair becoming particularly close in recent years. #Part of #Wells’ trips over the years included stops at #Dreama’s home in #West #Virginia, where she helped to support the #Denver #Foundation. #Wells’ last visit there came in #February 2019, where “#America’s #Sweetheart” and #Denver served as co-master of ceremonies. The event helped raise fund for the #Denver #Foundation’s “#Always #Free #Honor #Flight” on behalf of veterans.

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#In an interview with #Fox #News on #Thursday, #Denver recalled her favorite memories spent with #Wells, the last time they spoke, and how #America’s #Sweetheart was reacted to the fame the iconic castaway series brought her.

#Dawn #Wells and #Bob #Denver at the TV #Land #Awards.
(#Courtesy of #Dreama #Denver)

#Fox #News: #What is one of your favorite memories with #Dawn #Wells over the many years you spent together?
#Dreama #Denver: #Every memory is pretty special, but I think our time together on the road is what stands out for me. #Often, we shared a room and sat up most of the night talking “girl talk.” #In 2015, we did a book tour in #Missouri and visited her alma mater, #Stephens #College. #To see the welcome she received, to feel the love directed at her for her support of #Stephens, was really special.

#Fox #News: #You’ve noted that your bond with #Dawn became stronger over time. #How so? #And how did the two of you keep in touch?
#Denver: #As we lost cast members, the remaining crew became closer. #First, #Jim, #Natalie and #Alan, then many years later, #Bob and more recently #Russell. #After #Bob’s death, I stepped in to represent him at public appearances and that’s when #Dawn and I hit the road together as #Mary #Ann and #Mrs. #Gilligan. #We were quite the duo and fans seemed to enjoy the two of us together. #Over the last 15 years, our appearances together were how we stayed in touch, and during the months between, there was always the phone. LONG conversations!

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DAWN WELLS’ LIFE IN PICTURES

Dawn Wells died of COVID-19-related causes on December 30. She was 82.

#Dawn #Wells died of COVID-19-related causes on #December 30. #She was 82.
(CBS via #Getty #Images)

#Fox #News: #Dawn is most known for her iconic role on “#Gilligan’s #Island” opposite your husband, #Bob #Denver. #Did she ever reflect on her fame from the role?
#Denver: #Dawn loved and was forever grateful for “#Gilligan’s #Island” and the fame it brought her. #She never once complained about being known for the show. #As a matter of fact, she was very protective of #Mary #Ann, understanding that her character was a role model for young girls everywhere, which made her treat #Mary #Ann with a lot of TLC. There was so much of #Dawn in that character. #Obviously, the sweet nature, the physical beauty (the woman never aged) and the nurturing quality of #Mary #Ann.

#Dawn was a nurturer to family, friends, and fans. #She was always kind and generous with her time. #Also, she never failed to be the first to step up in support of a cause she believed in. #She did that for me and my work with the #Denver #Foundation and #Always #Free #Honor #Flight. I would need her. #She would come. #That’s who she was.

Bob Denver and his wife Dreama circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Dreama remembered her late friend Dawn Wells following her death.
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#Bob #Denver and his wife #Dreama circa 1981 in #Los #Angeles, #California. #Dreama remembered her late friend #Dawn #Wells following her death.
(#Bret #Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty #Images)

#Fox #News: #When was the last time you saw/spoke to #Dawn? #How was she feeling?
#Denver: The last time I saw #Dawn was #February 2019 when she came to #West #Virginia to cohost a #Denver #Foundation #Fundraiser with me. #She loved supporting our veterans, so when I needed her for my “#Valentines for #Veterans” concert, she was there. #She stayed at my house and we were having so much fun she extended her trip for an extra two days, which gave us five uninterrupted days together. #In light of 2020 and our inability to see each other for this entire year, I’m so thankful we had this last visit, this final memory. #We last spoke on her 82nd birthday in #October and she was in great spirits. The plan was to touch base again in #January to celebrate the fact that 2020 was finally over. #Sadly, we never got that chance.

#Fox #News: #Is there anything about #Dawn that stuck out to you that fans may not already know?
#Denver: #Two things that may not be common knowledge – #Dawn beat out #Raquel #Welch for the part of #Mary #Ann, something that never ceased to amaze her. #And, of course, she and the rest of the cast were the only people on earth who called #Bob, #Bobby. #Every time we talked about him, she talked about how much she loved our #Bobby.

Dawn Wells died in Los Angeles of COVID-19 related causes on Wednesday, according to her publicist.

#Dawn #Wells died in #Los #Angeles of COVID-19 related causes on #Wednesday, according to her publicist.
(#Bobby #Bank/Getty #Images)

#Wells starred as the unapologetic “good girl” who was stranded on an island with six other castaways. “#Gilligan’s #Island” ran from 1964 to 1967 – for three seasons.

“There is so much more to #Dawn #Wells” than the “#Gilligan’s #Island” character that brought her fame, her rep said in a statement.

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'Gilligan's Island' cast members, from left, Dawn Wells (as Mary Ann Summers) and Bob Denver (as First Mate Gilligan) appearing in the pilot episode.

‘#Gilligan’s #Island’ cast members, from left, #Dawn #Wells (as #Mary #Ann #Summers) and #Bob #Denver (as #First #Mate #Gilligan) appearing in the pilot episode.
(CBS via #Getty #Images)

#Before “#Gilligan’s #Island,” #Wells had early TV roles on shows including “77 #Sunset #Strip,” “#Maverick” and “#Bonanza.” #Throughout her career, she starred in over 150 shows and seven motion pictures such as “#Winterhawk,” “The #Town #That #Dreaded #Sundown” and “#Super #Sucker.” #She also appeared in more than 60 theatrical productions.

#In 2014, #Wells published the humorous memoir “#What #Would #Mary #Ann #Do?”. #Most recently, #Wells starred in the 2017 web series “#Life #Interrupted,” where she played fellow TV icon #Alison #Arngrim’s mother to rave reviews.

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#Outside of her life on-screen, she was also a teacher and motivational speaker, her publicist said.

#Following the news of #Wells’ passing, her “#Gilligan’s #Island” co-star #Tina #Louise spoke out. #Louise, 86, is the only remaining original cast member still living. #Louise portrayed the glitzy #Ginger #Grant.

“I will always remember her kindness to me,” #Louise said. “#We shared in creating a cultural landmark that has continued to bring comfort and smiles to people during this difficult time. I hope that people will remember her the way that I do – always with a smile on her face.”

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“#Gilligan’s #Island” continues to be screened across the world in more than 30 languages. #In addition to #Louise, #Wells and #Denver, it featured #Alan #Hale #Jr. as the #Skipper; #Jim #Backus and #Natalie #Schafer as wealthy passengers #Thurston and #Lovey #Howell, and #Russell #Johnson as the #Professor.



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