However, on December 30, 2020, her publicist revealed that she died of "causes related to COVID-19", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She went on to star in the movie The New Interns and was later cast in television series such as The Joey Bishop Show, 77 Sunset Strip, The Cheyenne Show, Maverick, and Bonanza.
They merited the mention - their characters were as important as any in an ensemble of stock types - and I read later that Bob Denver (who played Gilligan) lobbied hard for them to be recognized, which ultimately became the thing I liked best about the show.
But it was as Mary Ann Summers, the wholesome young character on "Gilligan's Island", that Wells found lasting fame. Wells" comely but innocent Mary Ann complemented Louise's worldly Ginger, and both became innocuous "60s TV versions of sex symbols.
She also enjoyed a lengthy theatrical career, appearing in tours of The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias and The Vagina Monologues, among many others. During her time as a bright and shining star of stage and screen, she appeared in more than 150 series as well as a number of films and Broadway presentations. She is survived by her stepsister, Weslee Wells.
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The actress went on to appear in several series following her Gilligan's Island fame, including Growing Pains, The Bold and the handsome, and Baywatch.
Following the actress' death, tributes were paid on social media.
She also starred in a short film, "She's Still on That Freakin' Island", but sporting jeans rather than her earlier skin-baring look. So, from the get-go, the Mary Ann character was different.
Wells (far right) with Tina Louise as Ginger (centre back) and the rest of the cast of Gilligan's Island in 1964. I thought I was taking all the proper steps to ensure my golden years.
"I know I will have a new appreciation in a simple gathering of college friends at a coffee shop a few months from now", she wrote in a comment underneath her video. In "Dawn Wells: Reel Adventures", she will be shown traveling the world with fly-fisher Kathy Ruddick "exploring the world of fishing".
Before becoming an actress, Wells was named Miss Nevada in 1959.