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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

Monday
June 1
6:22pm
Smile, You're On Mars Camera
A rocket lands on the lsland and is believed by scientists to have landed on Mars.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Sweepstakes
Gilligan finds a winning South American lottery ticket worth $1 million, tax-free.
TV-G
7:36pm
Quick Before It Sinks
The Professor measures the ocean's high water mark, and concludes that the island is rapidly sinking.
TV-G
Tuesday
June 2
10:48am
Plant You Now, Dig You Later
Gilligan unearths a chest that the castaways think contains a pirate's treasure.
TV-G
11:24am
Little Island, Big Gun
Three fugitive mobsters land on Gilligans Island following a bank heist. Guest Stars: Larry Storch, K.L. Smith, Jack Sheldon, Louis Quinn
TV-G
12:00pm
X Marks The Spot
The U.S. Air Force zeroes in on the very same area inhabited by our seven intrepid castaways. Guest Stars: Russell Thorson and Harry Lauter
TV-G
6:22pm
Castaway Pictures Presents
Gilligan discovers the hull of an old ship near the island.
TV-G
7:00pm
Agonized Labor
Gilligan and the Skipper hear a radio broadcast detailing the collapse of the Howell financial empire.
TV-G
7:40pm
Nyet, Nyet -- Not Yet
Two Russian cosmonauts, Ivan and Igor, land on Gilligan's Island.
TV-G
Wednesday
June 3
10:48am
Gilligan Meets The Jungle Boy
Yet another inhabitant turns up on the supposedly uninhabited Gilligan's Island. Guest Star: Kurt Russell
TV-G
11:24am
St. Gilligan And The Dragon
The women of Gilligan's Island "walk off the reservation."
TV-G
12:00pm
Big Man On A Little Stick
The castaways have an unexpected visitor. Guest Star: Scott Miller
TV-G
6:22pm
The Chain Of Command
The Skipper, fearing something dreadful will happen to him, eyes a possible leader for his succession.
TV-G
7:00pm
Don't Bug The Mosquitoes
Gilligan's favorite American singing group The Mosquitoes lands on the island.
TV-G
7:30pm
Gilligan Gets Bugged
Gilligan is bitten by a large green and yellow bug.
TV-G