There is so much more to Dawn Wells than Mary Ann of “Gilligan’s Island” (the longest running sitcom still showing worldwide in over 30 languages!)
She’s an actress, producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation--focusing on women and children in Northern Nevada.
She has starred in over 150 TV shows, and 7 motion pictures, including “Winterhawk” (which she also narrated), “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” (with Andrew Prine), “Super Sucker” (with Jeff Daniels), “The New Interns”, “It’s Our Time”, and most recently,”Silent But Deadly”.
She has starred in 60+ theatrical productions by playwrights such as Noel Coward and Neil Simon, as well as the National Tours of “Chapter Two” and “They’re Playing Our Song”. Favorite productions in which she has performed include “Fatal Attraction” with Ken Howard, “The Odd Couple” with Marcia Wallace, “The Allergist’s Wife”, “Steel Magnolias” (Ouiser), and “The Vagina Monologues”.
Ms. Wells starred as Gingy in “Love, Loss and What I Wore” (by Nora and Delia Ephron) in New York, Chicago, Delaware, Scottsdale, and San Jose.
She is delighted to have brought Eleanor of Aquitaine to life in Kentucky.
She was the “Castaway Correspondent” for Channel 9 in Sydney, Australia. She interviewing such actors and directors as Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Julia Roberts, Rene Russo, Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, and Richard Donner.
And recently at the “Gravity” Premiere, presented Sandra Bullock with a Coconut Cream Pie, as the two both know what it’s like to be stranded.
As a producer, she brought two Movies of the Week to CBS: “Surviving Gilligan’s Island and “Return to the Bat Cave” with Adam West. For seven years, she gave instruction to up-and-coming talent at her Film Actors Boot Camp in Idaho.
Ms. Wells is also developing several television projects.
Ms. Wells book “What Would Mary Ann Do?” is available in stores, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Gilligan’s Island. The book is part self-help, part memoir, and part humor - with a little classic TV nostalgia thrown in for good measure.