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‘Gilligan’s Island’ Actor Dawn Wells Dead at 82

'Gilligan's Island' Actor Dawn Wells Dead at 82

Published Dec 30, 2020

Dawn Wells, the actor best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island, has passed away. She was 82 years old. 

Her publicist Harlan Boll confirmed the news today [via Deadline]. The former Miss America contestant died in Los Angeles following complications with COVID-19.

In addition to her role as Mary Ann, Wells appeared in over 100 theatrical productions since 1967. She continued working into old age, appearing most recently in Netflix’s animated adaptation of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, voicing the character Gumbalina Toothington. 

Wells, who made her acting debut on ABC’s The Roaring ’20s, had previously fallen on hard financial times, which inspired a friend to launch a GoFundMe to help pay for medical bills in 2018. The fundraiser brought in over $200,000 USD from friends, family and fans. 


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