Dawn Wells

Mostly Credited As: Dawn Wells
Birth Name: Dawn Elberta Wells
Date Of Birth: October 18, 1938 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Reno, Nevada
Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)

Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells was born in Reno, Nevada on October 18, 1938. Her father was a real estate owner and developer and her mother was a home maker. Wells' childhood was a happy and healthy one. She and her mother grew their own fruits and vegetables in their gardens and Dawn rode horses. In her high school years she was the class treasurer, President of the debate team and an honor rolls student. She was Miss Nevada in 1959 and went on to the Miss America Pageant. Dawn originally wanted to be a doctor, so she enrolled in the elite Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri to study medicine, but then she discovered the Drama Club. She then transferred to the University of Washington, which was known for their Theatre Department, and she graduated with a Degree in Theatre.

Dawn moved to Hollywood and got the role of Mary Ann Summers on CBS's "Gilligan's Island" 1964. The rest is history. However, there was much more to Dawn than her simple Mary Ann character. Wells refused to be an unemployed actor after the show ended and has never been out of work since the show aired 40 years ago. She has performed in over 66 theatrical productions, including the National Touring Company of "They're Playing Our Song!" She has done countless voice overs, commercials and talk shows. She worked for the Australian news show "Midday" and interviewed such talents as Julia Robert, Eddie Murphy and Tom Hanks to name a few. Dawn has also had great success as a producer and has a number of TV movies to her credit. She currently has a new project in the works for release in 2005.

After years of touring and performing in dramas, comedies, and musical theatre Dawn finally slowed down a bit. In 1998 she founded the Dawn Wells' Film Actors Boot Camp in Driggs, Idaho. The camp is for the already trained actor looking to make the transition from the amateur to the professional actor. Wells still runs the camp to this day. In 2003 Dawn did tours of the plays "Love Letters" with Adam West and Eve Ensler's Award Winning "The Vagina Monologues". In early 2004 Dawn established and founded The Spud Film Institute in Idaho and Wyoming and will hold the first ever Spud Drive in Film and Music Festival in the summer of 2004. She is also the artistic director of the festival. If that is not enough, Ms. Wells also has her own clothing line for the physically challenged called "Wishing Wells Collections" and she recently launched her own skin care line, Classic Beauty.

Dawn Wells continues to contribute to the business she loves so much and constantly gives back to the acting community. She mentors young actors and travels to colleges all across the U.S. to teach Master Classes. She has served as Artist in Residence at several Universities. Dawn is in constant demand for personal appearances and speaking engagements, yet she never forgets to give back to the Artistic community. She will surely be remembered for all her good work.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Gilligan's Island (1964)As: Mary Ann Summers
Episode Cast Credits 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 178 63x178: (Sep/17/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Celebrity Ghost Stories (2009) 
  Bill Bellamy, Dawn Wells, Jack Blades, Mary Lambert 04x19: (Nov/10/2012) As Herself 

Girlfriends (2000) 
  Wedding on the Rocks 05x21: (May/16/2005) As Herself 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Gilligan's Island 03x50: (Dec/12/1999) As Herself 

Roseanne (1988) 
  Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute 07x26: (May/24/1995) As Darlene Conner (Tag Scene), [Uncredited]

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994) 
  Gilligan 01x02: (Apr/22/1994) Voiced  Herself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Bob Vila, Dawn Wells, Barenaked Ladies 01x13: (Sep/29/1993) As Herself 

Growing Pains (US) (1985) 
  Broadway Bound 03x11: (Nov/24/1987) As Hedi 
  Carnival 02x18: (Mar/10/1987) As Myrtle Deforest 

ALF (1986) 
  The Ballad of Gilligan's Island 02x02: (Sep/28/1987) As Mary Ann Summers 

Matt Houston (1982) 
  The Visitors 01x17: (Feb/27/1983) As Cheryl Burke 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  The Searcher/The Way We Weren't 04x18: (Mar/07/1981) As Myra 

Hagen (1980) 
  More Deadly Poison 01x06: (Apr/24/1980) As Lily 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Attorney 04x21: (Feb/16/1969) As Carol Morton 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Burning Sky 09x18: (Jan/28/1968) As Moon Holt 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Marty 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Headless Woman 03x17: (Jan/05/1968) As Betsy (Betsy Jeffers) 

The Invaders (1967) 
  Dark Outpost 02x08: (Oct/24/1967) As Eileen 

Gilligan's Island (1964) 
  Two on a Raft 01x01: (Sep/26/1964) As Mary Ann Summers, [Co-Guest Stars]

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee 01x32: (May/08/1964) As Wendy 

Redigo (1963) 
  Papa-San 01x08: (Nov/12/1963) As unknown 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  A Private Eye for Beauty 02x35: (May/21/1962) As Consuelo Hernandez 
  Circumstantial Evidence 01x29: (Apr/17/1961) As June 

Lawman (1958) 
  No Contest 04x21: (Feb/04/1962) As Elaine (Elly) Stratton 

87th Precinct (1961) 
  Out of Order 01x18: (Jan/22/1962) As Kathy Blakely 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Kelly's Clover Girls 06x11: (Dec/09/1961) As Molly 

Everglades (1961) 
  Flight at Boca Chico 01x09: (Dec/04/1961) As Piney 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 03x07: (Nov/17/1961) As Sally 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Rival Eye Caper 04x01: (Sep/22/1961) As Nixie Martin 
  Open and Close in One 03x27: (Mar/17/1961) As Judy Rogers 
  The Corsican Caper 03x21: (Feb/03/1961) As Yvonne Martell 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Connie Kenwood 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Captain Dan Brady Story 05x01: (Sep/07/1961) As Mrs. Murray 

Maverick (1957) 
  The Deadly Image 04x26: (Mar/12/1961) As Caprice Rambeau 

The Roaring 20's (1960) 
  War with the Night Hawkers 01x20: (Mar/11/1961) As Gloria 
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In 1959, she won the title of Miss Nevada.

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