Dawn Wells, who starred in Gilligan’s Island, a 1960s popular American sitcom, died due to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday. The iconic show was on-air from 1964 to 1967. Her character in the show bought her fame and international prominence. She has also represented the State of Nevada in 1959 for the Miss America Pageant. It was before she appeared on Gilligan’s Island.Image Credit: ABC News
After representing Nevada’s State in the American Beauty pageant in 1959, the actress started to land several roles in a multitude of movies and TV shows. Wells is also known for beating out 350 other actresses to nab the girl-next-door Mary Ann’s role in Gilligan’s Island. In an interview, she revealed that the show’s acting job wasn’t so much lucrative as most people believe. She further added that there is a misconception that were are rolling out the dough and are wealthy. She added we didn’t get a dime, but our producer made $90 Million on reruns alone. The actress has starred in 150 shows; it includes motion pictures as well. The veteran Hollywood star has also served as a producer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, teacher, and humanitarian. Dawn has also served as chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, an organization in Northern Nevada working for women and children.
Dawn Wells of Gilligan’s Island Dies at 82. The 82-years-old actress was a sensational star during the 1960s when the show was on-air. Moreover, the show also received critical acclamation and considerable fan following on the rerun as well. The show was based around four men and three women, and they were deserted on a desert island. The show was a welcome respite, especially at the time of the Vietnam War. Dawn has also appeared in several TV shows and films. It includes Bonanza, Maverick, and 77 Sunset Strip. The entire industry is mourning over the demise of this veteran actress. She had a loyal following, and all of them remained faithful to her as her Facebook account boats more than 540,000 followers.