Dawn will have a table at the Festival on Saturday the 25th from 1-4 p.m. outside the Courtyard Center after the parade. Stop by for an autograph and say hello!
There is so much more to Dawn Wells than Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island, the longest running sitcom still showing worldwide in over 30 languages! She’s an actress, producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation– focusing on women and children in Northern Nevada. She has served on the alumnae board of Stephens College as well. Dawn is also Co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
A 4th generation of Reno Nevada, Miss Wells represented Nevada in the Miss America Pageant 1959. After graduating from both Stephens College and the University of Washington, she found success in Hollywood starring in over 150 TV shows, and 7 motion pictures, including Winterhawk (which she also narrated), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (with Andrew Prine), Super Sucker (with Jeff Daniels), The New Interns, It’s Our Time, and most recently,.
She has starred in 60+ theatrical productions by playwrights such as Noel Coward and Neil Simon, as well as the National Tours of Chapter Two and They’re Playing Our Song. Favorite productions in which she has performed include Fatal Attraction with Ken Howard, The Odd Couple with Marcia Wallace, The Allergist’s Wife, The Vagina Monologues, and now Steel Magnolias (Ouiser). Ms. Wells starred as Gingy in Love, Loss and What I Wore (by Nora and Delia Ephron) in New York, Chicago, Delaware, Scottsdale, and San Jose.
Dawn is multi-facilitated. She is a world traveler who climbed the mountains in Rwanda to see the gorillas, visited the Solomon Islands, safaried in Africa, toured Russia, and fished the streams in Scotland and Mexico for her show Dawn Wells Reel Adventures. She has flown around the world on the Concord She was the Castaway Correspondent for Channel 9 in Sydney, Australia. She interviewed such actors and directors as Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Julia Roberts, Rene Russo, Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, and Richard Donner.
At the Gravity premiere she presented Sandra Bullock with a Coconut Cream Pie, as the two both know what it’s like to be stranded. As producer, she brought two Movies of the Week to CBS: Surviving Gilligan’s Island and Return to the Bat Cave with Adam West. For seven years, she gave instruction to up-and-coming talent at her Film Actors Boot Camp in Idaho. Ms. Wells book What Would Mary Ann Do? is available in stores and online, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Gilligan’s Island. The book is part self-help, part memoir, and part humor with a little classic TV nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Her newest book out next Spring will be Kitchen Creations. Dawn’s involved with 2 web series, Still On That Freakin’ Island and Life Interrupted (in which she won Best Supporting Actress). And she’s very happy to be back in Florida as she used to have a home in Redington Shores.