December 10, 2004


"Some years ago," writes Cathy Seipp, "actress Dawn Wells visited one of the remotest islands in the already remote Solomon Islands; she was, in fact, the first non-native woman to set foot there. The chief's wife stared at Wells in surprise when she came out of her hut. 'Mary Ann?' she asked in amazement."

Read Seipp's entire article for a chilling insight into The Real Gilligan's Island.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 10, 2004 02:15 AM

Dawn Wells once visited my home when I lived in Dallas. She and my wife-at-the-time went to the same College [Stephens]...they were working on a alumni project. Nice lady. I said the same thing that Ms. Seipp reported...."hey, you're Mary Ann".

Posted by: Wallace-Midland Texas at December 10, 2004 at 03:25 AM

Many, many women would be much happier if they'd understand that (in polls) guys pick Mary Ann over Ginger at about a 2:1 ratio...

Posted by: cirby at December 10, 2004 at 04:14 AM

Mostly I remembered The Skipper from old war movies. Gilligan will always be Maynard G. Krebs to me, I thought The Professor was a twit, and I wasn't interested in the lifestyles of Mary Ann or Ginger. But The Millionaire and His Wife will always be my favorite couple.

Posted by: Rebecca at December 10, 2004 at 05:02 AM

I always thought one of the most radical things about GI was that they cast a good-looking guy as the Professor, instead of the usual pencil-necked stammering bottle-glassed boob. On any real Island, Mary-Anne and Ginger would have been taking turns to shag the Professor's brains out.

Posted by: cuckoo at December 10, 2004 at 08:11 AM

The Professor is Russell Johnson. Dreama Denver, Bob Denver's wife, has set up quite good websites for the show and actors.

Posted by: Fred Boness at December 10, 2004 at 10:54 AM

The Skipper's FATHER, Alan Hale Sr., was a famous Warner Bros contract player--he was always the burly guy behind Errol Flynn in the fight scenes and his son looked alot like him though Hale Sr. usually wore a big moustache in the movies. Skipper had a lobster restaurant on La Cienega's "Restaurant Row" in the 1970's, or at least lent his face and name to one and was there a lot as a "Greeter" kind of like the old fighters in Vegas. I think it was called "Skipper Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel"

As for men prefering Mary Ann to Ginger---they're realists and dealing with the issue of who they think they might have had a chance with. Tina Louise didn't do much of anything after Gilligan, alas, nor did any of them except Jim Baccus who always had a huge voiceover career, notably as the voice of the cartoon "Mr.Magoo" and had played basically the same character as Thurston Howell III in the great slapstick comedy "Its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" as the drunk owner of a private Beechcraft that Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett shanghai and can't fly when Baccus passes out.

Posted by: NoPajamas at December 14, 2004 at 04:14 AM