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When we think of Dawn Wells we always think of that beautiful girl on Gilligan's Island. But she was with us for so long and played so may other great roles- let's look back at her amazing acting career.
I won't go through all of it but here are some of the highlights.
According to IMBD she was first introduced to us back in 1961 in The Roaring 20's (TV Series). She played Gloria.
Here's a steaming make out scene with Dawn Wells / Burke's Law 1964 /
She made many small appearance on well known television shows back in the 60's. Most of them were one time appendence. But not so with 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)- The Inverness Cape Caper (1961) ... Connie Kenwood
- The Rival Eye Caper (1961) ... Nixie Martin
- Open and Close in One (1961) ... Judy Rogers
- The Corsican Caper (1961) ... Yvonne Martell
She was on Gilligan's Island from 1964 - 1967. That's when we all really noticed her. But that fame didn't actually come her way until after 1967 when it was all over TV in reruns.
She did not go away after that. She was just getting warmed up.
There was a series of Western's on TV. Those shows were big at the time and she was on many of them, like Bonanza (TV Series)
- The Burning Sky (1968) ... Moon Holt
- The Way Station (1962) ... Marty Johnson
Jumping to the 1970's There were more TV mystery shows but also a couple of Gilligan's Island reunion shows.
In the 1980's we saw her on The Love Boat (TV Series)
- The Family Plan/The Promoter/May the Best Man Win/Forever Engaged/The Judges: Part 2 (1980) ... Valerie Madden
- The Family Plan/The Promoter/May the Best Man Win/Forever Engaged/The Judges: Part 1 (1980) ... Valerie Madden
In 1982 she revised her role in a cartoon called Gilligan's Planet.
Do you remember the TV show Growing Pains (TV Series)
Casting Receptionist / Myrtle Deforest
- Broadway Bound (1987) ... Casting Receptionist
- Carnival (1987) ... Myrtle Deforest
If you follow this IMDB link you see a long list of TV shows through the 1990's and 2000's, right up till She's Still on That Freakin' Island (TV Series short)
- Holes (2017)
- Pilot (2015)
Her last acting job was in 2019 in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (TV Series short). Based on the kids book, Captain Underpants.
Dawn Wells had a busy and fun career. She played many characters. But we will always remember her as the girl we all wanted to be stuck on that island with.