Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I KNEW There Was Something More to Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island

Some people like to fly under the radar. Like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island, for instance. They portrayed her as the sweet, innocent girl next door on Gilligan's Island. But she was hot, and as it turns out, she got more fan mail than Ginger, the sexy actress played by Tina Louise. And little wonder - Dawn Wells, who portrayed Mary
Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island, was the 1959 Miss Nevada and represented Nevada in the 1960 Miss America pageant. Which I remember - I got to stay up late that year, as I was nursing at the time.

It turns out that Mary Ann may not have been all that innocent. Dawn Wells, who is 69 now and may not know the difference between Mary Ann and Mary Jane, was sentenced to five days of jail, fined $410.50, and placed on six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car and pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving.

Wells reportedly claimed that she had picked up the Doobie Brothers, who were hitchhiking, on the way home from her surprise birthday party, and that she kicked them out of her car once they began smoking marijuana.

Under a plea agreement, three misdemeanor counts -- driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance -- were dropped. The judge also sentenced himself to being marooned on a desert isle with Mary Ann after a 3 hour tour gone bad...


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