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‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells reveals what she’s grateful for in 2020: ‘This is the country I love’

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EXCLUSIVE: “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells has plenty of reasons to be thankful in 2020.

“At a time when it feels like everything is bad news, the good still outweighs the bad,” the actress told Fox News. “So even in tough times, we can and should be grateful for everything around us. I wake up and I am grateful to have another day. I am grateful to feel a seasonal cool morning through my patio door.  I am grateful for those who take the time to say ‘hi’ if to simply show that you matter.”

The 82-year-old famously played Mary Ann Summers, an unapologetic “good girl” who was stranded on an island with six other castaways. “Gilligan’s Island” ran from 1964 to 1967 - for three seasons - and yet it has never gone off the air. It continues to be screened in over 30 languages.

Wells, a Reno native, represented Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959 before taking on the iconic role. For the role of Mary Ann, she beat out 350 other actresses, including Raquel Welch.


Dawn Wells portrays Mary Ann Summers in the CBS television program "Gilligan's Island." (CBS via Getty Images)

These days, Wells is keeping busy. The sitcom star revealed she’s gearing up to star in a fly fishing TV show titled “Dawn Wells Reel Adventures,” which will be available on Amazon Prime at the end of the year.

“I am grateful for my life and career and the comforts it allows me at this time when the world wrestles with new challenges and uncertainties,” she shared. “I am grateful for our resilience as human beings and the God-given talents that lead to innovations for the better good.”

Wells said she’s grateful for the opportunity to entertain her beloved fans during a difficult year. She revealed everyday Americans willing to offer a helping hand with no hesitation during tough times continue to inspire her.

“I am grateful and proud to be an American,” Wells explained. “When I see Americans go into action to heal, serve and protect, or to lend a hand to a neighbor or community, it makes me proud to be living in America. I don’t want people to be disillusioned by the petty infighting that seems to dominate news cycles.”


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