Don WellsShe is best known for playing the girl next door, Mary Ann in the popular CBS comedy series Gilligan Island, Died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from complications from Covid-19. She was 82 years old.
Welles, who was Miss Nevada in the Miss America contest in 1959, won over 350 actresses for the role of Mary Ann Summers. She has also appeared in more than 150 series and numerous films during her career as well as on Broadway.
The naive rural character of Wales was turned on Gilligan Island Besides those of Tina Louise’s Ginger, who is a sexy movie star. The dueling, somewhat stereotypical characters sparked an ongoing debate among fans today: Mary Ann or Ginger. They and three other passengers (Jim Backus, Natalie Schaeffer and Russell Johnson) sailed on a “three-hour tour” of USS Meno, led by Skipper (Alan Hill) with his first companion Gilligan (Bob Denver). But the weather started to turn and the seven became outcasts – albeit wearing clean clothes every week.
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“There was no Mary Ann on the air because I don’t know how long,” she told the TV Academy Foundation at a 2008 seating session for the “Interviews” video series. “There has never been a good girl over 14, and Mary Ann has been so much. The Mary Ann Ginger case is always there. You had to be a real man to understand Ginger, and Mary Ann would go to the prom and she was your best friend. Lots of men would come to me. And they say I married Mary Ann. She had values. “
Watch her talk of the half-century Mary Ann Ou Ginger debate here:
Despite his longevity in the guild, Gilligan Island It was a moderate hit for CBS during its first three years from 1964 to 1967, it aired on a different night and time each season. It premiered on Saturday in September 1964 after that The Jackie Gleeson Show She drew 18th in the final season’s three-net season rankings.
He has already lost ground in Season Two, as it airs Thursday in between Monsters And the My three sons It ranked 22nd in prime-time ratings for 1965-1966. Its final season aired at 7:30 PM every Monday.
But when the reboots reach a local station, Gilligan Island It became one of the promotion’s biggest successes in the late 1960s and 1970s, spawning an animated daytime series on ABC from 1974 to 1977 and another called Gilligan’s Planet On CBS from 1982 to 1984. Wells reprized the role of Mary Ann for both, along with three reunion films in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Born on October 18, 1938, in Reno, Nevada, Welles began receiving popular dramas and Western series such as Bonanza, Maverick, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip And the Wagon train In the early sixties. She continued to work continuously in over a dozen guest roles before recording the role of Mary Ann. She appeared in a few small films in the mid-1970s before she did Gilligan Island toon series and movies, then go to guest hits like this Colombo, Roseanne, Baywatch, Thousand And others.
She continued to act sporadically on television during 2010.
Welles has survived her half-sister Wesley Welles. No services are scheduled at this time.
Patrick Hipes contributed to this report.