‘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.”
Dawn Wells is still amazed that friends and strangers are willing to throw a life ring to her way.
The 79-year-old actress, best known for starring as Mary Ann Summers on “Gilligan’s Island,” told Fox News Friday she is in awe, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help her overcome her growing financial woes.
“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 wants to address it,” 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.
Tina Louise (left), Dawn Wells and Natalie Schaefer on “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.”
A rep for Wells added the star has not yet decided whether they will make use of the generous funds or return.
As of Friday, the page has raised nearly $140,000.
Wells’ rep previously told Fox News Thursday that the actress is going through financial dire straits, but was surprised that a GoFundMe page set up to help pay her bills.
“While the Dawn will not deny that she is indeed a difficult time, she has to keep her wits about herself and like so many others, does its best to overcome difficult times,” said the rep.
Dawn Wells found fame as Mary Ann Summers on “Gilligan’s Island.”
(Courtesy of the Dawn Wells)
“She was caught completely unaware of her good intention of his friend, the creation of a GoFundMe page,” he continued. “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 also help alleviate the previously mentioned problems.
TMZ reported earlier Thursday that a close friend of Wells, was searching for $200,000 by a GoFundMe page to help the TV icon. The actress is reportedly “desperate” for help after an “unexpected accident that required hospitalization for two months,” according to the crowdsourcing page.
TMZ also reported that the actress wants to be moved to a smaller assisted living facility that focuses on helping people 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?”
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?’
“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 series and how happy she was for the experience she has had in the industry.
“I am active and very busy and I am very happy, healthy, I am very happy to be working,” said Wells at 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, because… I have soldiers be able to 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 four. Then we went on vacation. Maybe I have taken them to the house to check on the sewing machine. And when we were cancelled by the phone. So we never went pack to get the props, or whatever. But, I have the pants!”
Fox News’ Morgan Evans contributed to this report.