‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells looking for $180K of fans
‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells, who was known for her iconic role as Mary Ann Summers on the popular series, is reportedly looking for financial help from her fans after an ” unexpected accident that required hospitalization for two months.”
“Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells was surprised to discover a loved one had made a GoFundMe page to help her overcome her financial woes, but the actress is now considering to with a little help from her friends.
“Yes, they lean in the direction of the acceptance of the money,” a rep for Wells, 79, told Fox News Thursday. “She is polling friends and colleagues. She is touched by the comments of fans, to donate or not, with respect to its own problems.
“The stories are very touching and, perhaps even more than the money collected, is of enormous comfort to know that they are not alone — that there are others who understand her situation, how the best plans can go wrong.”
The rep added Wells, known for her iconic role as Mary Ann Summers on the popular series, is still coping with the media attention surrounding her private life, including the difficulties she has recently faced in her later years.
Dawn Wells on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Mary Ann’s short shorts
Actress Dawn Wells reminisces about the show and her book ‘What Would Mary Ann?’
“She is dealing with the embarrassment of the situation and the GoFundMe, but is extremely grateful for the love and support that they receive,” said the rep. “They will make her financial/official announcement on Friday night to the media and the participants of the Silver Spur Awards. They will be honored that night, and it will be her first public appearance since the trial began.”
Earlier in September, Wells’ rep told Fox News she is going through financial dire straits, but was surprised to learn of a GoFundMe page set up to help her pay her bills.
“While the Dawn will not deny that she is indeed a difficult time, she is keeping her wits about herself and like so many others, does its best to overcome difficult times,” said the rep.
At the time, Wells was not sure whether to use the funds or return.
Dawn Wells played Mary Ann Summers “Gilligan’s Island” from 1964 to 1967.
(Courtesy of the Dawn Wells)
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“She was caught completely unaware of her good intention of his friend, the creation of a GoFundMe page,” he explained. “At this time, it has not yet decided whether they will return the funds so generously donated by her fans and friends, or if it will go in a trust/fund that would help alleviate the previously mentioned problems. Either way, this experience is both painful and humiliating for the Dawn.”
As of Thursday, the page has raised about $194,000.
Wells told Fox News they are in awe of friends and strangers were so willing to throw a life ring to her way.
“I am amazed at the kindness and affection that I have received the current expressions with respect to the GoFundMe page to grab so much attention and wanted to address,” Wells wrote on Fox News. “A dear, dear friend of mine with a big heart, was trying to help me with a number of common problems that we all understand, and must face. He is made that the page with love… if someone is protecting their child.
“In a recent conversation with him, I said: ‘Where is the time?’ I don’t know how this happened. I thought I was taking the right steps to ensure that my golden years. Now, here I am, no family, no husband, no children and no money.
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.”
“I am grateful that God has given me so many friends and fans who care, or it would all be too… overwhelming. … I am grateful to one of my fans who are willing to offer support. However, please know that my outlook is positive and I look forward to seeing all of you in my travels.”
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TMZ previously reported that the former “Gilligan’s” star was looking for nearly 200,000 dollars from fans through a GoFundMe page created by a good friend. The actress is reportedly “desperate” for funds after an “unexpected accident that required hospitalization for two months,” according to the crowdsourcing page.
TMZ also reported that the actress wanted to be moved to a smaller assisted living facility, which is aimed at helping those who are in the film and TV industry, but she was denied because her debt.
Wells visited Fox News in 2014, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “Gilligan’s Island” with her book, “What Would Mary Ann Do?”
“I think Mary Ann was — she had a friend, a colleague, there was no bullying, they pitched in and they worked and I think that is what is really needed today,” she said of her well-known TV character and the life lessons that they evoked.
The actress went on to talk about her career since starring in the iconic series and how happy she was for the experience she has had in the industry.
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“I am active and very busy and I am very happy, healthy, I am very happy to be working,” the actress said, mentioning a couple of theater roles that they have taken on in the time. “I’m very, very busy and very happy.”
In 2017, Wells told Fox News she enjoyed the play of an unapologetic “good girl” on the beloved series.
“I resonate with young boys for 50 years,” she said. “[But] it was healthy and not bold. So mom and dad could not give a damn what you saw. And I think we have a good generation.
“I’ve had soldiers say:” I carried your picture in my helmet.’ I had families say, ‘The only way we ever got was when we watch the show.’ It had an impact that was much more than just 30 minutes.”
Wells also said that a part of Mary Ann will always be with her.
“I have him!” she dished on still in possession of her character shorts and a top. “I have the plaid dress, too. And I really don’t know how I got them. We were picked up for Season 4. Then we went on vacation. Maybe I have taken them to the house to check on the sewing machine. And they were, we cancelled over the phone. So we never went back to one of the props or whatever. But, I have the pants!”
Fox News’ Morgan Evans contributed to this report.