Mary Ann From ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Dawn Wells Dies From COVID-19

Mary Ann From 'Gilligan's Island' Dawn Wells Dies From COVID-19

Mary Ann From ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Dawn Wells Dies From COVID-19!

Actress and TV movie producer Dawn Wells, who is best remembered as Mary Ann from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ has died due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read on for more details on Gilligan’s Island star Mary Ann dies from Covid-19 reports that internationally famous actress Dawn Wells who was the stranded girl-next-door on the mid-1960s TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island, died Wednesday of complications related to the coronavirus.

Dawn Wells was 82 years old. Wells’ publicist, B. Harlan Boll, announced her death on social media.

Wells was a native of Reno, Nev., and started out as a beauty queen. In 1959, as Miss Nevada, she competed in the Miss America pageant. It was her ticket into show business; soon after, she had minor roles in such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Bonanza and The Joey Bishop Show. In 1964, Wells became the wide-eyed, pigtailed Mary Ann — a sharp contrast to another female castaway, the sexpot movie actress Ginger (played by Tina Louise). The Ginger-vs.-Mary Ann rivalry was a very mid-1960s, the straight male fantasy of feminine ideals.

After Gilligan’s Island, Wells was always the wholesome Mary Ann. Wells titled her 2014 self-help book (written with Steve Stinson) What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life. – NPR

On Christmas Eve, Wells posted a holiday message and short video to her Facebook page. She wrote:

Keep your heart light and share a few laughs and conversations with someone near and far… Please find joy amidst the pandemic and be cognizant of our overwhelmed first responders. Let’s not let our actions make a bigger burden for them. I am thankful and in awe of the dedication of our health care professionals.”

She kept her health private and did not make reference to her own issues.

Remembering Dawn Wells and how she wants to be remembered:

Another celebrity dies from COVID-19. This is killing us.