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Dawn Elberta Wells (born October 18, 1938, in Reno, Nevada) is an American actress best known for playing Mary Ann Summers on the sitcom Gilligan's Island from 1964 until 1967. After moving to Hollywood, she began appearing in guest roles in such television series as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, both on ABC, and Bonanza on NBC, before winning the role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. She played the role for the duration of the series, from 1964 until 1967. Wells starred with Michael Dante in the independent movie Winterhawk (1975), playing a Western settler kidnapped by a Native-American chief. In the 1990s, she spoofed her character on a commercial for 1-800-COLLECT. She has also reprised her role in the various Gilligan's Island reunion specials, and on an episode of ALF. In 1993, Wells published Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook with co-writers Ken Beck & Jim Clark, including a foreword by Bob Denver. According to Forbes Collector, in April 2005, Wells consigned for sale her original gingham blouse and shorts ensemble from her signature role. A Beverly Hills auction house, Profiles in History, sold it for $20,700. In 2008, Wells came to Los Angeles to join Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan's Island for the celebration of Schwartz' entry into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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