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'Gilligan's Island' Star Dawn Wells Opens up about Her Life during Quarantine

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 06, 2020
04:00 A.M.

Despite the trials brought in by the year 2020, "Gilligan's Island" star Dawn Wells remains grateful. The 82-year-old actress recently opened up about the things she is thankful for.


Veteran actress Dawn Wells believes that 2020 is still filled with reasons to be grateful for despite it being marked by a pandemic and other negative events. She said in a recent interview:

"At a time when it feels like everything is bad news, the good still outweighs the bad."

Dawn Wells at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2019 in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Dawn Wells at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2019 in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images


The “Gilligan’s Island” star said she is grateful for simple things she still gets to experience even while in quarantine, like many people in the past several months.

She said she is thankful to wake up every day to another day and to enjoy a cool morning. The actress, who famously brought the iconic character Mary Ann Summers to life, added:


"I am grateful for those who take the time to say 'hi' if to simply show that you matter."


The Reno native also expressed gratitude for her long-running career and the comforts it has allowed her at a time of uncertainties. She is grateful for the resilience of human beings, she added.

It has not been all roses for the acclaimed actress, however. In June this year, she had to deal with an obsessed fan who had been harassing her with phone calls and letters.


Before rising to stardom, Wells joined the 1959 Miss America pageant as a representative of Nevada.

The actress's manager, Leonard Carter, stated that the fan had been trying to take advantage of her. Carter claimed that Wells has been suffering from dementia.

Wells was eventually granted a restraining order against the fan, identified as Frank Bennett. He was barred from coming within 100 yards of the actress.

Before rising to stardom, Wells joined the 1959 Miss America pageant as a representative of Nevada. When she decided to enter Hollywood, she had to compete with 350 other actresses for the role of Mary Ann Summers.



In "Gilligan's Island," which ran from 1964 to 1967, Wells played unapologetic "good girl" Mary Ann Summers, who was stranded on an island with six other castaways.

The immensely successful show, which ran for three seasons, is still in syndication to this day, being screened in over 30 languages.

After the iconic show ended, Wells went on to enjoy a successful theater career. In recent years, the actress also dabbled in teaching acting in Idaho.


Back in 2014, it was also reported that she runs a clothing line for people with disabilities, called Wishing Wells Collections.

Wells' long-running career endures to this day. More recently, she starred in the TV show, "Dawn Wells: Reel Adventures," a fly fishing show filmed several years ago.

These days, Wells is widely admired for retaining her youthful looks. Back in June, she took to social media to show off her age-defying beauty in photos she took during a visit to Minneapolis.

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