Dawn Wells’ relationship with Bob Denver on Gilligan’s Island

Dawn Wells passed away at the end of 2020 and it’s linked to COVID 19. Before she breathed her last she revealed a lot of spicy truths about some cast members behind the scenes.

Dawn Wells appeared in the sitcom series Gilligan’s Island playing the role of Mary Ann Summers and became a huge star after that.


Dawn Wells never saw herself being in the show business, but when she finally stepped in she easily won the hearts of many.

Dawn Elberta Wells was born in Reno, Nevada on October 18, 1938. As a child, Wells wanted to be a doctor or a ballerina, but it all went down the drain.

She went into sciences after she dislocated her knee.

The cast of the television show, Gilligan’s Island, that ran from 1964 to 1967. Left to right, Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus); Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer); Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells, seated); Ginger Grant (Tina Louise); Willy Gilligan (Bob Denver); The Skipper, Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale Jr.); and The Professor, Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson.)

She told Smashing Interviews Magazine, “I thought, “What do I do? Where do I go? I didn’t sing, and I didn’t dance. Most of that is the New York stage. So I went to LA and went to work right away. I was the perfect type, the girl from Kansas, you know?”

She moved to Los Angeles, got an agency, and started going for many auditions, she knew what she wanted.


“I went to work right away,” she recalled. “I was trained, I studied for it, but I was lucky. There was a lot of stuff being filmed and quite a bit going on in the 60s on television. I probably had two or three auditions a day. I did a couple of movies, but you’d get guest spots on all these TV shows. You’d work right away.”

She didn’t give up and it wasn’t long before she got her breakthrough in 1964.


“I went in and tested with I don’t know how many girls, she said. “There were quite a few. It was the people, we all grew up together. All the ingénues were auditioning, and I got it. But you would go on so many auditions, and you never knew what you were going to get.”


“I had an image in my mind of what she should be, wearing denim and a ponytail,” she continued. “I knew who she should be, and I think when you do stage a lot, you can do that. You lock in what and who the character is.
They didn’t give you a description. I don’t even remember how many people auditioned for the role. You would do it for two or three days in a row, and they would either call you back or not.”

From left to right, sex-kitten Ginger (Tina Louise), girl-next-door Mary Ann (Dawn Wells), and millionairess Mrs. Howell (Natalie Schaefer) in a scene from the 1960s television comedy Gilligan’s Island. 1964-1967

Wells became the biggest star in the sitcom series Gilligan’s Island.

On the show, there were romances going on and wells confirmed it.

“Gilligan you don’t think of as a romantic partner. Alan [Hale, the Skipper] was more like a father, she explained. “But the professor had everything: good looks, a sense of humor, was very intelligent. Bob [Denver] and I were really close friends.

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So was Alan [Hale]. He could pick up Tina [Louise] in one arm, me in the other at the same time, he was so strong. Ms. Howell and I also became really good friends.”

Wells is gone but she will never be forgotten. May her soul rest in peace.

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