Actress Tina Louise, forever linked to her companion Gilligan Island her classmate Dawn Wells, remembered her today as “a very wonderful person”.
Wells died of complications from Covid-19 today at age 82.
Louise has kept a low profile regarding Gilligan Island over the years, refusing to appear in any of the revivals or reboots or even discuss the series, which ended in 1967 but continues in syndication.
Speaking via Twitter and later to the New York Post, Louise said she wanted everyone to remember Wells’ sunny disposition.
“Dawn was a very wonderful person. I want people to remember her as someone who always had a smile on her face, ”Louise told New York Post. “Nothing is more important than family and it was family. She will always be remembered.
Louise learned of Wells’ death during a phone call with a friend. “Nobody wants to receive this kind of news – especially this way, with this horrible disease.”
She is now the last surviving member of the cast, who made a “three-hour tour” a television landmark when it first aired 1964-1967.
“We have been part of the wonderful show that everyone loves and has been a great source of comfort, especially during these times,” said Louise.
And in response to this age-old “Ginger or Mary Ann” debate, Louise refused to choose. “There is a character for each person. Everyone can relate to a different person, ”she says. “We have always been a family. She had huge fans.
I will always remember Dawn’s kindness to me. We shared the creation of a cultural landmark that continued to bring comfort and smiles to people during this difficult time. I hope people will remember her as I do – always with a smile on her face. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/teFLyVv07C
– Tina Louise (@TheTinaLouise) December 31, 2020