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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

Tuesday
June 30
7:00pm
The Secret Of Gilligan's Island
In a prehistoric cave, Gilligan discovers an ancient stone tablet.
TV-G
7:30pm
Slave Girl
Gilligan rescues a young island girl from drowning.
TV-G
Wednesday
July 1
10:48am
Mr. & Mrs. ???
A radio report indicates that the "minister" who married Mr. and Mrs. Howell is a fraud.
TV-G
11:24am
Meet The Meteor
A large meteorite lands on Gilligan's Island and threatens the lives of every living thing.
TV-G
12:00pm
Up At Bat
Gilligan follows a rolling coconut into an unexplored cave and emerges with a bat bite on his neck.
TV-G
7:00pm
It's A Bird, It's A Plane
The U.S. military develops a "jet-pack" enabling airmen to fly like birds.
TV-G
7:30pm
The Pigeon
The Professor sees an opportunity for the castaways' rescue.
TV-G
Thursday
July 2
10:48am
Gilligan Vs. Gilligan
Gilligan is suspected as the culprit behind the disappearance of Mary Ann's freshly baked pie.
TV-G
11:24am
Pass The Vegetables Please
Gilligan snags an unusual catch when he reels in a wooden crate on the end of his fishing line.
TV-G
12:00pm
The Producer
Egomaniacal Hollywood producer Harold Hecuba makes an emergency landing on the island. Guest Star: Phil Silvers
TV-G
7:00pm
Bang! Bang! Bang!
Secret agents lose a container of liquid plastic.
TV-G
7:30pm
Gilligan, The Goddess
An old legend says that a "white goddess" can be found on Gilligan's Island.
TV-G