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RIP Dawn Wells (Mary Ann)

Old 12-30-20, 03:37 PM
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RIP Dawn Wells (Mary Ann)

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Mary Ann was the hottest but Gilligan had no chance Not making fun of her passing I had/have a crush on Mary Ann.
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Yah, she was one of the first women to make me preteen brain think she was cute.
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That stinks. She always seemed so youthful and upbeat. A class act for sure
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So sad and to COVID too. Ginger was hotter though. lol
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Only one castaway remaining: Ginger.
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I saw her at the Philly indoor boat show in the early 90s. She was promoting her cookbook.

Not mentioned in the article is that she founded a now defunct company that made clothing for the elderly and physically challenged. When censors became uneasy about her navel showing she helped design the shorts that covered it up.

Another interesting bit of trivia: She and the professor, played by Russell Johnson, were mentioned in the original opening credits as “the rest.” Bob Denver (Gilligan) didn’t like that and was instrumental in getting the opening credits changed for the next two seasons. Wells and Johnson remained friends until his death from prostate cancer. Every year they would send each other birthday cards signed “The Rest.”

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Yeah, I'm old enough to remember the first season of Gilligan's Island and the original theme song that ended "and the rest."

Even as a kid I knew that "the professor and Mary Ann" scanned just as well without messing up the tempo, because there was a longish rest before the drawn-out "annnd the rest". First time I remember being infuriated by TV. But not the last.

Good to see Bob Denver was, umm... instrumental? no, vocal... in fixing that mess. Because it was probably Gilligan's fault for eating the coconut that the professor and the songwriters needed to record and broadcast the theme song.

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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Mary Ann was the hottest but Gilligan had no chance Not making fun of her passing I had/have a crush on Mary Ann.
Too bad she was on Gilligan's Island, since I was not a fan of the show, I immediately turned the dial as soon as the opening credits started playing, and missed out seeing much of her.

I lost my 60's TV "crush" a few months back, even stayed up till 11pm Friday nights just to watch her.

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