Dawn Wells is an actress, producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, and teacher.
Most of you know her as “Mary Ann” on “Gilligan’s Island,” the longest running sitcom still showing worldwide in over 30 languages; however, there is so much more to Dawn Wells than “Mary Ann”.
Dawn released a book “What Would Mary Ann Do?” in September 2014 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of “Gilligan’s Island.”The book is part self-help, part memoir and part humor with a little classic TV nostalgia thrown in for good measure.
Dawn was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Dawn had dreamed of being a ballerina but bad knees prevented her from pursuing this dream. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she majored in chemistry. However, she then transferred to University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with a degree in theatre arts and design.
In 1959, she competed and won in the Miss Nevada pageant and went on to compete in the 1960 Miss America pageant. After graduating University of Washington, Dawn moved to Hollywood to start her acting career. Dawn has done over 150 Television shows, over 70 theatrical productions, and a number of Feature Films. She was Co-Executive producer of one of the highest rated CBS movie-of-the-week, “Surviving Gilligan’s Island,” in which she starred and hosted. She also Co-Executive produced, “Return to the Batcave,” another movie-of-the-week about the 60’s Batman TV series.
Dawn appeared in the feature films This is Our Time and Silent but Deadly. She also appeared in the feature film, Super Suckers, written, produced, directed, and starring Jeff Daniels. Dawn is an avid world traveler, having climbed the mountains in Rwanda to view the mountain gorillas, canoed the Solomon Islands, where women had never been before, and has been on five Safaris as well as flying around the world on the Concord.
Heitor Pereira discovered composing film music in a unique way.
He had been brought in as a songwriter for the film As Good As It Gets, but soon found that his melodies and arrangements were of perfect fit to film scores. He made such an impression on producer James L. Brooks that in Brooks; next film, 2001’s Riding in Cars with Boys, Heitor was co-composer. Heitor Pereira’s original film scores include: The Smurfs, A Little Bit of Heaven, From Prada to Nada, Despicable Me just to name a few…