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‘Gilligan’s Island’ Star Dawn Wells Dead at 82

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Wells, who famously played Mary Ann Summers, died from coronavirus-related causes

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 2:07 PM

FOX News- Dawn Wells, who famously played Mary Ann Summers, has died. She was 82. She died in Los Angeles of COVID-19-related causes Wednesday morning, according to her publicist.

The actress starred as the unapologetic "good girl" who was stranded on an island with six other castaways. "Gilligan’s Island" ran from 1964 to 1967 – for three seasons – and yet it has never gone off the air. It continues to be screened across the world in over 30 languages.

Wells, a Reno native, represented Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959 before taking on the iconic role. For the role of Mary Ann, she beat out 350 other actresses, including Raquel Welch.

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Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco and Kelley Kramer contributed to this report

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