Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” dies at 82 of COVID-19 complications

Daybreak Wells, finest identified for portraying the girl-next-door castaway Mary Ann Summers on the enduring Nineteen Sixties CBS sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Wednesday of issues associated to COVID-19. She was 82.

“I’m devastated at this time,” publicist Harlan Boll wrote on Fb, asserting the star’s loss of life. He stated Wells died “in no ache” at an assisted dwelling facility in Los Angeles.

With Wells’ loss of life, Tina Louise is now the one surviving member of the common forged of the hit present, which featured a gaggle of seven tour-boat passengers caught on a abandoned island someplace within the Pacific Ocean. The present ran from 1964 to 1967 and stays standard in reruns, sparking a number of reunion specials.

The opposite forged members included Bob Denver, who performed Gilligan; Alan Hale Jr. because the Skipper; Jim Backus and Natalie Shager, who performed rich couple Thurston Howell III and Lovey Howell; Russell Johnson, who performed Professor Roy Hinkley; and Tina Louise, because the glamorous film star named Ginger.

Wells was born in Reno, Nevada on October 18, 1938. In 1959, she represented her dwelling state within the Miss America pageant, and in 1960, she graduated from the College of Washington in Seattle with a level in theater arts and design earlier than discovering success in Hollywood.

She appeared in exhibits similar to “77 Sundown Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “The Joey Bishop Present” and “Hawaiian Eye” earlier than being forged as Mary Ann. In accordance with Boll, she beat out 350 different actresses for the “position of a lifetime.”

After “Gilligan’s Island,” Wells appeared in numerous theater productions, printed a cookbook and continued to look on display in exhibits like “Rising Pains,” “Roseanne” and “The Daring and the Stunning.”

In his assertion, Boll stated that donations on behalf of Wells’ household might be made to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum or The Shambala Protect in California.

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