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A wholesome beauty from Reno, Nevada, Dawn Wells was on her way to becoming a ballerina, but bad knees prevented her from realizing the dream. Despite this, she did become Miss Nevada and was in the 1960 Miss America pageant. Wells majored in drama during her collegiate years (she was originally going to study chemistry) and after graduation moved... See full bio »
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 2015 Life Interrupted (TV Movie) (post-production)
Annie Hughes
 2013 This Is Our Time
 2012 Silent But Deadly
 2007 Pastor Greg (TV Series)
- Sanity (2007) ... Kathryn
- Marriage (2007) ... Kathryn
 2004 Forever for Now
 2002 Super Sucker
Super Sucker Celebrity Spokesperson
 2001 Three Sisters (TV Series)
- Mother's Day (2001) ... Susan
 1997 Meego (TV Series)
Mary Ann
- Mommy 'n' Meego (1997) ... Mary Ann
 1995 Roseanne (TV Series)
- Sherwood Schwartz--A Loving Tribute (1995) ... Darlene (uncredited)
 1993 Columbo (TV Series)
Female Guest
- It's All in the Game (1993) ... Female Guest (uncredited)
 1993 Herman's Head (TV Series)
Mary Ann
- Gals-a-Poppin' (1993) ... Mary Ann
 1992 Soulmates
Lucille Perkins
 1987 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Casting Receptionist / Myrtle Deforest
- Broadway Bound (1987) ... Casting Receptionist
- Carnival (1987) ... Myrtle Deforest
 1983 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
Miss Lorilee Lee
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Cheryl Burke
- The Visitors (1983) ... Cheryl Burke
 1982 Gilligan's Planet (TV Series)
Mary Ann / Ginger (voice)
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Myra Fletcher
- The Searcher/The Way We Weren't (1981) ... Myra Fletcher
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- More Deadly Poison (1980) ... Lily
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Millie Farmer
- Serve, Volley and Kill (1978) ... Millie Farmer
 1977 Return to Boggy Creek
 1975 Winterhawk
Clayanna / Narrator
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Carol Morton
- The Attorney (1969) ... Carol Morton
 1962-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Moon Holt / Marty Johnson
- The Burning Sky (1968) ... Moon Holt
- The Way Station (1962) ... Marty Johnson
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Betsy Jeffers
- The Night of the Headless Woman (1968) ... Betsy Jeffers
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Eileen Brown
- Dark Outpost (1967) ... Eileen Brown
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
- Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? (1964) ... Wendy
 1964 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
- Swing for the Moon (1964) ... Nancy
 1963 Palm Springs Weekend
Girl at Police Station (uncredited)
 1963 The Third Man (TV Series)
- The Man in Power (1963) ... Secretary
 1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Evvie Eden
- Willie (1963) ... Evvie Eden (uncredited)
 1963 Laramie (TV Series)
- The Violent Ones (1963) ... Millie
 1962 It's a Man's World (TV Series)
- Chicago Gains a Number (1962) ... Molly
- The Bravest Man in Cordella (1962) ... Molly
 1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Lois Corey / Carolyn Barnes
- The Sign-Off (1962) ... Lois Corey
- An Echo of Honor (1962) ... Carolyn Barnes
 1961-1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Consuelo Hernandez / June
- A Private Eye for Beauty (1962) ... Consuelo Hernandez
- Circumstantial Evidence (1961) ... June
 1962 Lawman (TV Series)
Elaine 'Elly' Stratton
- No Contest (1962) ... Elaine 'Elly' Stratton
 1962 87th Precinct (TV Series)
Kathy Blakely
- Out of Order (1962) ... Kathy Blakely
 1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
- Kelly's Clover Girls (1961) ... Molly
 1961 Everglades (TV Series)
- Flight at Boca Chico (1961) ... Piney
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1961) ... Sally (uncredited)
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Connie Kenwood / Nixie Martin / Judy Rodgers / ...
- The Inverness Cape Caper (1961) ... Connie Kenwood
- The Rival Eye Caper (1961) ... Nixie Martin
- Open and Close in One (1961) ... Judy Rodgers
- The Corsican Caper (1961) ... Yvonne Martell
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mrs. Murray
- The Captain Dan Brady Story (1961) ... Mrs. Murray
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Sarah Claypool
- Lone Patrol (1961) ... Sarah Claypool
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Caprice Rambeau
- The Deadly Image (1961) ... Caprice Rambeau
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
- War with the Nighthawkers (1961) ... Gloria
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[on Alan Hale Jr.] What a dear man... what a dear, dear man; and I don't think he was nearly as appreciative as the actor that he was; because you know, he was so good-natured and just came through, when you just thought it was Alan. But I never saw in the entire length of time disgruntled, temper tantrum, depressed. He was so jovial and so sweet and so strong, he was the size of my dad. He could... See more »


Despite playing a supporting role to Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island (1964), (and to Bob Denver and Jim Backus), her character Mary Ann Summers was consistently the most popular among viewers, which also contributed to the tension with Louise. See more »


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