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Gilligan's Island

Dawn Wells

Mary Ann

Although she had originally dreamed of being a ballerina, problems with her knees forced Dawn Wells to retire from the dance at an early age. Undaunted, plucky Dawn went on to become Miss Nevada, which led her to the 1960 Miss America competition. Although she didn't win, Wells was able to launch a career as an actress, and by 1961 had appeared on a number of TV shows including Tales of Wells Fargo, Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip.

Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann was Wells's first and last regular role, but she continued to act in films, TV movies and in guest-starring roles on series. Wells also appeared in numerous theatrical productions, including a national tour of They're Playing Our Song.

Like many of her former castmates, Wells has always been proud of her connection to Gilligan's Island and enjoys meeting her fans at reunions, revivals and personal appearances. She even wrote Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cook Book, which is chock-full of tasty recipes and entertaining trivia related to the classic TV series. Wells also runs the Film Actor's Boot Camp in Idaho and has created her own "Wishing Wells" line of clothing for the physically challenged.

Character Bio

A simple farm girl from Kansas, Mary Ann may be the true voice of reason on the island. Her down to earth demeanor and simple ways make her the most stable of the castaways. Luckily for them, this little farm girl can cook -- even with the island's limited ingredients. She can also clean and sew, making her perfect marriage material – though Skipper is blinded by Ginger's beauty, Mr. Howell is already married, the Professor is too preoccupied to notice her and dizzy Gilligan is too juvenile to like girls. Although she's moral and practical, Mary Ann has a twinge of jealousy for Ginger, wishing in vain that she could occasionally be the center of attention for something other than her coconut cream pie.

Gilligan's Island TV Schedule

Friday
September 4
5:30pm
All About Eva
The castaways discover a beached boat in excellent condition.
TV-G
6:00pm
Gilligan Goes Gung Ho
The Professor realizes the need to establish formal law and order.
TV-G
6:30pm
Take A Dare
George Barkley takes the dare on the "Take A Dare" radio contest.
TV-G
7:00pm
Court Martial
The Maritime Board of Inquiry has declared the Skipper at fault in the loss of his charter boat.
TV-G
7:30pm
The Hunter
Hunter Jonathan Kincaid lands on the island.
TV-G
Tuesday
September 8
10:12am
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
The Skipper warns Gilligan not to work so hard doing everyone else's laundry.
TV-G
10:48am
Ring Around Gilligan
Gilligan finds a ring. Guest Star: Vito Scotti
TV-G
11:24am
Topsy Turvy
Gilligan bumps into a tree, blurring his vision.
TV-G
5:00pm
Lovey's Secret Admirer
Mrs. Howell finds a series of anonymous love notes under her pillow.
TV-G
5:30pm
Our Vines Have Tender Apes
A savage appears at the castaways' camp.
TV-G
Wednesday
September 9
10:12am
The Invasion
While fishing in the ocean, the Skipper and Gilligan catch an attach case.
TV-G
10:48am
The Kidnapper
Mrs. Howell is kidnapped for a ransom of $10,000. Guest Star: Don Rickles
TV-G
11:24am
And Then There Were None
While hanging a clothesline with Gilligan, Mary Ann suddenly disappears.
TV-G
5:00pm
Gilligan's Personal Magnetism
Lightning strikes Gilligan as he's about to try bowling with a stone ball.
TV-G
5:30pm
Splashdown
According to the Professor's calculations, a newly launched space capsule will pass directly over Gilligan's Island.
TV-G