She was 82.
Tina Louise portrayed motion picture star Ginger Grant on “Gilligan’s Island” and stated in a assertion to CNN, “I was unhappy to master of Dawn’s passing, I will usually recall her kindness to me.”
“We shared in developing a cultural landmark that has continued to carry convenience and smiles to people for the duration of this difficult time,” the statement read. “I hope that persons will bear in mind her the way that I do — constantly with a smile on her encounter.”
Born in Reno, Nevada, Wells represented her household point out in the Pass up The us pageant in 1959.
That opened the door for her to commence a career in Hollywood exactly where she appeared in a multitude of television demonstrates, including “77 Sunset Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “The Joey Bishop Show” and “Hawaiian Eye.”
She defeat out 350 other actresses to nab the part of female-upcoming-door Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967 and later on in syndication.
“A misunderstanding is that we should be wealthy, rolling in the dough, because we acquired residuals. We didn’t truly get a dime,” she explained. “I assume my wage — of study course, I was reduced on the totem pole, Ginger (Tina Louise) and Thurston (Jim Backus) received extra — was $750 a week. Sherwood Schwartz, our producer, reportedly made $90 million on the reruns by itself!”
She starred in additional than 150 Tv set reveals, seven movement images which includes “Winterhawk” (which she also narrated) and extra than 60 productions on and off Broadway.
Over and above acting, Wells also served as a producer, author, journalist, motivational speaker, trainer, humanitarian, spokesperson and chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, an firm for women of all ages and children in northern Nevada, as well as operating her Film Actors Boot Camp for 7 a long time in Idaho.
She acquired the Elephant Sanctuary Trumpeting Award for her activism in supporting The Elephant Sanctuary. The sanctuary, established in 1995, is the nation’s major all-natural habitat refuge created especially for African and Asian elephants.
But it was her pigtail-carrying character on “Gilligan’s Island” which produced her a beloved star — and she experienced exciting with it.
Wells acted as the “castaway correspondent” for Channel 9 in Sydney, Australia, in which she interviewed actors and administrators which includes Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Julia Roberts, Rene Russo, Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, and Richard Donner.
At the premiere of the film “Gravity,” she presented star Sandra Bullock with a coconut product pie, in honor of their shared expertise with becoming “stranded.”
“Gilligan’s Island” was an unexpected hit and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the series, Wells released “A Guide To Everyday living: What Would Mary Ann Do?” in which she wrote about the this means of the Mary Ann character and observed the cultural shifts that have transpired given that she was on the island.
Her gingham gown and well known shorter shorts from “Gilligan’s Island” are presently on display screen in the foyer of The Hollywood Museum.
She is survived by her stepsister, Weslee Wells.