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Dawn Wells, best known as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, dies at 82 of COVID-19 complications

Dawn Wells, best known as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, dies at 82 of COVID-19 complications

Dawn Wells – who is best known for her work starring as Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island – has died at 82 of causes related to COVID-19.

Her publicist Harlan Boll announced that the actress had died in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

She starred as the wholesome farm-girl from Winfield, Kansas on the iconic show throughout its storied 98-episode run from 1964 to 1967. 

Tough times: Dawn Wells (seen in September 2019) – who is best known for her work starring as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island – has died at 82 of causes related to COVID-19

Signature role: She starred as the wholesome farm-girl from Winfield, Kansas on the iconic show throughout its storied run from 1964 to 1967

Signature role: She starred as the wholesome farm-girl from Winfield, Kansas on the iconic show throughout its storied run from 1964 to 1967

She also returned to her signature role for several TV movies and spin-off series.

Other than Tina Louise – who played Hollywood movie star Ginger Grant – Wells was the last surviving member of the cast of the legendary series. 

The series created by Sherwood Schwartz followed the comic adventures of seven castaways that attempted to survive on an island after being shipwrecked.

'Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale': Other than Tina Louise (center) - who played movie star Ginger Grant - Wells was the last surviving member of the cast of the legendary series, as they are seen on the show in 1996 with Bob Denver who played the titular role

‘Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale’: Other than Tina Louise (center) – who played movie star Ginger Grant – Wells was the last surviving member of the cast of the legendary series, as they are seen on the show in 1996 with Bob Denver who played the titular role 

It featured an ensemble cast including Wells, Louise Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, and Russell Johnson. 

Wells had beat out 350 actresses for the role of Mary Ann Summers.

Before that she was crowned Miss Nevada in 1959 and went on to represent the Silver State at the 1960 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Before her big break on Gilligan’s Island, she made her Hollywood debut on ABC series The Roaring 20s playing Gloria in the episode War With The NightHawkers in 1961.

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