Dawn Wells, known for playing Nary Ann, the girl next door, in the iconic CBS comedy series Gilligan IslandDied in Los Angeles due to Covid-19 and died of complications Wednesday morning. She was 82 years old.
Wells became Miss Nevada in the Miss America Contest in 1959, defeating 350 actresses in the role of Mary Ann Summers. In her career and on Broadway, she has also appeared in more than 150 series and several movies.
Wells innocent country character Gilligan Island Tied with the gloomy movie star Tina Louise’s Ginger. The stereotyped duel role sparked the debate today, and this debate continues among fans today: Mary Ann or Jiang. They and three other passengers (Jim Bakus, Natalie Shaffer, and Russell Johnson) set off for a “three-hour tour” aboard the USS Minos. The captain (Alan Hale) ) And his first partner Gilligan (Bob Denver). But the weather began to get very bad, and seven people became abandoned people, despite wearing clean clothes every week.
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She sat down in the 2008 “Interview” video series and said to the TV Academy Foundation: “There is no Mary Ann live broadcast, because I don’t know how long it will take.” “There is no good girl over 14 years old, and Mary Ann (Mary Ann) is like that. Mary Ann-Ginger (Mary Ann-Ginger) problem always exists. To understand Ginger, you must be a real man, and Mary Ann will go to the dance with you, And become your best friend. Many people will come to me and say that I am married to Mary Ann. She has values.”
Watch her talk about the Mary Ann Ginger debate for half a century here:
Despite the long history of its joint organization, Gilligan Island In the first three years of 1964-67, CBS was not greatly affected, and the broadcast time and broadcast time of each season were different.It premiered on Saturday in September 1964 Jackie Gleason Show And ranked 18th in the ratings of the final season of triple play.
It actually lost in season 2, and it airs every Thursday to Thursday Munster with My three sons And ranked 22nd in the prime time ratings from 1965-66. Its final season airs at 7:30 on Monday night.
But when the replay hits the local station, Gilligan Island It became one of the largest joint release hits in the late 1960s and 1970s, and gave birth to an animated daytime series on ABC in 1974-77. Gilligan’s Planet Played on CBS from 1982-84. Wells played her role as Mary Ann, and three reunion movies in the late 70s and early 80s.
Wells was born on October 18, 1938 in Reno, Nevada, and began guest appearances such as Bonanza, Mavericks, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Boulevard with Wagon train In the early 1960s. Before taking on a role for Mary Ann, she continued to work in more than a dozen guest roles. In the mid-1970s, she appeared in some smaller movies, Gilligan Island Toon series and movies, and then with such Columbo, Roseanne, Baywatch, ALF And others.
Throughout the 2010s, she continued to work sporadically on television.
In addition to acting, Wells is also a producer, writer, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher and chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation (Terry Lee Wells Foundation), focusing on women and women in northern Nevada. child. She has also run a film actor training camp in Idaho for 7 years.
Wells’ stepfather, Weslee Wells (Weslee Wells) survived. No services are currently scheduled.
Patrick Hipes contributed to this report.