Dawn Wells, who parlayed her girl-next-door charm and wholesome beauty right into enin the time of TV fame as the sweet-natured desert island also castaway Mary Ann on the classical 1960s sitneurosoup.org Gilligan's Island, passed away on Wednesday at age 82, her publicist shelp.

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Wells, that won the title of Miss Nevada in 1959 and also neurosoup.orgpeted in the Miss America challenge, passed away from neurosoup.orgplications of COVID-19, publicist Harlan Boll said in a statement.


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Dawn Wells arrives at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Westin Bonaendeavor Hotel in Los Angeles in April 2016.Credit:AP

Born in the gambling city of Reno, Wells played Kansas farm girl Mary Ann Summers, one of seven castameans stranded after their watercraft, the S.S. Minnow, came to be battered in a storm throughout what was expected to be a three-hour tour from Hawaii. Wells beat out actors consisting of Raquel Welch for her function.

Gilligan's Island ran for three seasons (1964–1967) via a cast that also consisted of Bob Denver as the zany kind of Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr. as "The Skipper", Jim Backus as millionaire Thurston Howell III, Natalie Schafer as his posh wife, Rusmarket Johnboy as "The Professor," and also Tina Louise as movie star Ginger.


The fatality of Wells leaves Louise, 86, the sole survivor of these actors members.

The 98 episodes invariably associated their efforts in vain to acquire off the island, even as a parade of guest stars dropped in and also had no trouble acquiring out. The display attracted the wrath of critics but its innocent fun captured on through viewers at a time of tumult in America after the assassination of a president and also throughout the increase of the civil civil liberties movement and also the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Wells, playing a cheerful brunette midwestern farm girl, showed up in the series wearing brief shorts, midriff tops and also pigtails. Louise, playing a buxom red-headed sensation akin to Marilyn Monroe, wore slinky, form-fitting dresses. The two inspired what came to be an enduring pop society question for men: "Ginger or Mary Ann?"

Wells shelp that question was the most prevalent topic stated to her by fans. "Mostly they'll pick a favourite, Ginger or Mary Ann. For some factor, they feel they need to make a choice," Wells told Forbes magazine in 2016.

Wells had actually effusive praise for Denver and her other castmates however was not especially cshed to Louise, who distanced herself from the Ginger character and also decreased to appear in miscellaneous Gilligan's Island reboots with her former co-stars.


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Like some of her co-stars, she suffered from typespreading in Hollywood in the years after the series ended, showing up in TV guest spots and also stage occupational prior to taking roles in B-movies.

In light of the show's secure popularity in the 1970s, three made-for-TV movies were made with significantly far-fetched plots involving Soviet satellites and visiting basketround players: Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978), The Castamethods on Gilligan's Island (1979) and also The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981).

Wells additionally lent her voice to the animated Gilligan's Planet (1982) in which the castaways beneurosoup.orge stranded on a far-amethod world.

Wells also capitalised on her fame by writing, Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island also Cookbook, and later on, for the 50th anniversary of the series in 2014, the book, What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life.

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Wells was born on October 18, 1938, in Reno, and studied theatre at the College of Washington, and also headed to Hollywood after her beauty pageant success.