Dawn Wells best known for playing Mary Ann on the hit sitcom Gilligan’s Island sadly passed away at age 82 just shy of making it to 2021. Growing up for me I had hours of watching Gilligan’s Island. The show itself is an American staple that defines culture in the 60’s. In 1960 Wells was crowned miss Nevada and represented her state in the Miss America contest.
Wells had a number of other rolls in TV including Bonanza, Growing Pains, and Baywatch. Anyone that grew up watching Gilligan knows Mary Ann portrayed the girl next door. She was the wholesome non glamorous sexy neighbor. Wells had a friendly relationship with the rest of the cast and her wholesome beauty came through with her character Mary Ann.
Wells will always be Mary Ann for me and her legacy will live on with Gilligan and many other smaller rolls she has had over the course of nearly 60 years. Rest in Peace Dawn Wells, you will be missed but never forgotten.