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Dawn Wells, who played the lovable castaway Mary Ann Summers on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ died in Los Angeles on Wednesday from Covid-19 complications, her publicist Harlan Boll confirmed to CNN.

She beat out 350 other actresses to nab the role of girl-next-door Mary Ann on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967 and later in syndication.

She received the Elephant Sanctuary Trumpeting Award for her activism in supporting The Elephant Sanctuary.

‘Gilligan’s Island’ was an unexpected hit and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the series, Wells released ‘A Guide To Life: What Would Mary Ann Do?’

Her gingham dress and famous short shorts from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ are currently on display in the lobby of The Hollywood Museum.

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