GILLIGAN’S ISLAND 82-Year-Old Dawn Wells Shares Her 2020 Gratitudes
By Movieguide® Staff
Actress Dawn Wells shared why she remains thankful despite the craziness of 2020.
“At a time when it feels like everything is bad news, the good still outweighs the bad,” Wells 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 is best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers, from GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, which ran for three seasons from 1964 to 1967. The beloved show continues to air to this day in over 30 languages.
Before her role on the series, Wells represented Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959.
The 82-year-old keeps busy and even announced a new TV show about fly fishing called DAWN WELLS REEL ADVENTURES, which will be available on Amazon Prime by 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,” Wells shared. “I am grateful for our resilience as human beings and the God-given talents that lead to innovations for the better good.”
Wells recognizes 2020’s difficulties for people across the world and said that she is grateful for any opportunity to entertain her fans.
Part of Wells’ immense gratitude comes from her appreciation for Americans who offer help to people in need.
“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.
“America is great,” Wells continued. “You may fight or disagree with your mother, but you will always love her and do what you can for her. And so we should for each other. This is the country I love. This is my home. I am thankful.”
Shooting at MeTV in Chicago today. pic.twitter.com/TK1htOSrG5
— Dawn Wells (@therealmaryann) May 10, 2016