The “Gilligan’s Island” star appeared in episodes of “Bonanza” and other TV classics, and the 1975 movie “Winterhawk.”
The C&I crew would like to extend condolences and warm wishes to the family, friends and fans of Dawn Wells, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles of causes related to COVID-19. She was 82.
For generations of television viewers. Wells will always be known best as the sweetly perky Mary Anne Summers on the enduringly popular sitcom Gilligan’s Island. But C&I readers likely will also remember her guest-starring roles during the Golden Age of TV Westerns. She appeared in such series as Cheyenne, Maverick, Wagon Train, Tales of Wells Fargo and The Wild Wild West — and played a fetching young woman who intrigued Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) in “The Way Station,” a 1962 episode of Bonanza that also featured Robert Vaughn.