Dawn Wells Of "Gilligan's Island" Has Lost Her Home And Started A GoFundMe Account

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in Entertainment News & Politics


According to TMZ, Dawn Wells who you know from Gilligan's Island as Mary Ann Summers, is heavily in debt after losing most of it in the 2008 banking crash, and then going through two major surgeries. She's $180,000 in the red.

The GoFundMe page, set up by her friend, says Dawn, who's now 79, needs to be moved to an assisted living home that caters specifically to people in the entertainment industry, but the facility won't accept her because of her outstanding debt. The friend tells us Dawn has no family and has already lost her home. 

Bonus viewing while you're debating on how much to give to Ms. Wells... The cast of Gilligan's Island vs. the 1966 cast of Batman! (And you bet Richard Dawson kissed every woman on each panel...

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Male 2,468
Wow! Dawn Wells, Lee Merriweather AND Yvonne Craig.  That is enough to induce a spontaneous 1960s TV orgasm.

Throw in Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar and a half dozen or so of the space-hoochies that Capt Kirk was banging in TOS and I’ll be in my bunk for the next week or so...

I’m sure Gerry1of1 knows this but Yvonne Craig was in TOS.  Kirk was spreading more than just the prime directive.
http://www.heavymetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/yvonne-craig-star-trek-1.jpg
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Male 9,626
Maybe if you guys had a sane health system this wouldn't happen.
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Male 2,468
woodyville06 I think you mean insurance system.  We have a great healthcare system.
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Male 9,626
woodyville06 Aye, well. Not so great if you can't access it without going into the poor-house.
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LordJim oh please, in many countries she wouldn't even receive treatment because she was too old
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Male 2,568
dm2754 Countries like Afghanistan, Angola, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe don't have Universal health care. Neither does the United States. It blows my mind that a country that touts itself as the best country in the world holds the same stance on universal health care as Haiti and Somalia.
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Male 2,468
dm2754 we have a universal healthcare system.  Our previous president crafted it and his majority party passed it unfettered by the opposition - no compromise required.
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Male 3,052
She should have gone into porn. I would have bought that.
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Male 2,468
oobaka Maryann was a sweetheart you filthy pig, wash your mouth out!
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woodyville06 I bet she liked leather clothes and pony harnesses.
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Male 726
Did Thurston Howell the third not help out his castaway compadres?  He probably has the cash in his sock drawer.
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Male 10,075
Truly, this just doesn't seem right. You'd like to think that anyone who provided such innocent entertainment for so many people for so many years (especially if you consider the reruns) would never have to worry about being destitute in old age. Shouldn't she be getting some kind of residuals?

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Male 580
squrlz4ever Generally speaking only the shows producers and studio owners own any right to the program.  Actors typically just get paid salary.  Nowadays it is common on long running shows for lead actors to negotiate an Executive Producer credit which could put them in line for % fees of the show's success.  In films, actors will sometimes waive a % of their fee in exchange for a % of the revenue.
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Male 158
wibble4321 Most of the money is made in syndication. On older shows syndication was never really discussed as very few shows actually made it that far. The money involved now though means that actors appearing in pilots generally make sure the syndication rites are written in on day one, should the show ever get that far. Generally a show has to run 100 episodes to get syndication (This is more a ball-park figure though, Gilligan's ran 98 + pilot) 

The cast of Gilligan's never had a syndication clause, so the producers were the ones to rake in cash after syndication. 

Sure actors can make a fair hunk of cash per episode. But bare in mind the $100,000+ an episode wages are a pretty recent turn of events. Wages on 60's and 70's shows were not in that ballpark. Hell top actors on long running shows (30+ episodes in) can command $500,000 per paycheques. 

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki of supernatural fame are credited with making around $160-$190 Thousand per episode. Great and all but still syndication is where its at. I mean "Friends" has made over $3 Billion in syndication, since we don't know individual actors residuals its hard to say who made what but you can bet they all come away with nice yearly residual cheques. 
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Male 2,468
wibble4321 I don’t know the mechanism by which older shows went into “reruns” vs “syndication”.  many shows back then went right into reruns like Star Trek , Wild Wild West, I love Lucy etc.  I’m not sure how that was structured and if it was as lucrative for the content owner as the current syndication model.
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Male 2,468
wibble4321 nobody makes as much money in syndication as the Seinfeld cast.  Their combined take is probably equal to the GDP of a small industrial nation
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Male 10,075
wibble4321 Interesting information. Thanks, Wibble.
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Male 1,203
I want to see her naked.
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Male 46,098
BuckeyeJoe    
Dude, she's 79 years old. 
Why would you want to see that naked? 
Are you some kind of prevert?
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Gerry1of1 the yaers have been kind to her
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Male 13,436
Gerry1of1 In fairness I'd rather see a 79 year old woman naked than a man naked....
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Male 1,203
Gerry1of1 That's racist, bro.
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Male 13,436
BuckeyeJoe He's just a homophobe.
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More like Dawn not Wells
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