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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

Wednesday
August 5
5:30pm
Gilligan's Living Doll
An experimental robot launched by the U.S. Air Force parachutes onto the island.
TV-G
6:00pm
Forward March
The castaways are attacked!
TV-G
6:30pm
Ship Ahoax
The castaways begin to suffer from "Island Madness."
TV-G
7:00pm
Feed The Kitty
A caged lion washes ashore on the island, only to escape!
TV-G
7:30pm
Operation: Steam Heat
Hot water spurting from beneath the island warns the castaways that a volcano is about to erupt.
TV-G
Thursday
August 6
10:48am
Waiting For Watubi
The Skipper unearths a carved Tiki god.
TV-G
11:24am
Angel On The Island
Thanks to the shipwreck, Ginger misses her Broadway debut.
TV-G
12:00pm
Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk
All Gilligan wants for Christmas is to be rescued from the island.
TV-G
5:48pm
Seer, Gilligan
Gilligan becomes a psychic.
TV-G
6:24pm
Love Me, Love My Skipper
The Howells plan a party.
TV-G
7:00pm
Will The Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up
The radio reports that Mr. Howell has been rescued and is selling blocks of stock from his financial empire.
TV-G
7:36pm
Ghost A Go Go
The island has a ghost.
TV-G
Friday
August 7
10:48am
3 Million Dollars More Or Less
Mr. Howell bets Gilligan and, consequently, soon owes Gilligan $3 million.
TV-G
11:24am
Water, Water Everywhere
The castaways suddenly discover that there isn't a spare drop of water to drink!
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12:00pm
So Sorry, My Island Now
Gilligan thinks he sees a sea serpent approaching the island. Guest Star: Vito Scotti
TV-G
5:48pm
Allergy Time
Skipper becomes allergic to Gilligan.
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6:24pm
The Friendly Physician
A small one-man boat lands on Gilligan's Island to rescue the castaways. Guest Stars: Vito Scotti, Mike Mazurki
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7:00pm
'V' For Vitamins
The Skipper can no longer do anything physically strenuous.
TV-G
7:36pm
Mr. & Mrs. ???
A radio report indicates that the "minister" who married Mr. and Mrs. Howell is a fraud.
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