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Gilligan's Island

Natalie Schafer

Mrs. Eunice "Lovey" Howell

Although Natalie Schafer had the grace of a grande dame, she was known in Hollywood for her fabulous sense of humor. Her comic timing made her perfect for the role of Lovey Howell—so perfect, in fact, that her long list of previous appearances were completely overshadowed by that one part.

Since her early days in the theater, Schafer generally played dignified society women. She appeared in nearly 30 feature films and on several TV classics including I Love Lucy and The Beverly Hillbillies before setting foot on Gilligan's Island.

Schafer accepted the role of Lovey in the Gilligan's Island pilot as a means of getting a free trip to Hawaii. Never expecting the series to sell, Shafer was initially shocked that the Minnow was scheduled to set sail, stranding her in Los Angeles when she much preferred to move back to her home in New York. She soon took to the role like water to a lagoon, however, and developed a reputation as a skilled comedienne. One indicator of her strong sense of humor was Mrs. Howell's wardrobe which Schafer herself put together.

Post-Gilligan, Schafer found herself inescapably typecast in the role she had been playing for most of her career, the rich socialite. Schafer returned for all of the Gilligan's Island reunions and made many guest appearances until her death on April 10, 1991. Her age was a carefully guarded secret, though it's believed that she was 90 at the time of her passing.

Character Bio

Once named "Queen of the Pitted Prune Bowl Parade," Eunice Wentworth met her husband, Thurston Howell III at Harvard. Married for over 20 years, Mrs. Howell comes from old money and makes the perfect socialite wife to her extremely wealthy husband. The pinnacle of charm and manners, she has much to teach the other castaways (including her husband) in the way of high society and social grace.

Gilligan's Island TV Schedule

Wednesday
June 3
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
Thursday
June 4
10:48am
Diamonds Are An Ape's Best Friend
A gorilla on the island enchanted by Mrs. Howell's perfume causes an uproar.
TV-G
11:24am
How To Be A Hero
The Skipper is proclaimed a hero after saving Mary Ann from drowning.
TV-G
12:00pm
The Return Of Wrongway Feldman
The castaways are revisited by Wrongway Feldman. Guest Star: Hans Conreid
TV-G
6:22pm
Mine Hero
Gilligan fishes a World War II-era mine out of the lagoon.
TV-G
7:00pm
Erika Tiffany-Smith To The Rescue
Erika Tiffany-Smith arrives on the island via yacht. Guest Stars: Zsa Zsa Gabor
TV-G
7:36pm
Not Guilty
A shipping crate containing old newspapers floats ashore.
TV-G
Friday
June 5
10:48am
The Matchmaker
Mrs. Howell decides that an event such as a big wedding would be beneficial for her.
TV-G
11:24am
Music Hath Charm
Mrs. Howell forms a symphony orchestra using the castaways as the musicians. Guest Stars: Russ Grieve, Paul Daniel
TV-G
12:00pm
New Neighbor Sam
Gilligan and his companions are stricken with horror when they overhear the unmistakable voices of gangsters threatening their lives.
TV-G
6:22pm
You've Been Disconnected
A fierce storm forces a communications cable into the lagoon.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Postman Cometh
The men of Gilligan's Island learn that Mary Ann's boyfriend has married another girl.
TV-G
7:36pm
Seer, Gilligan
Gilligan becomes a psychic.
TV-G