Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells is seeking approximately $180,000 from fans in oder to pay off her financial debt, which includes medical bills.

The 79-year-old actress, who played Mary Ann Summers on the famous 1960s sitcom, was recently hospitalized for two months due to an unspecified medical issue. A GoFundMe page to help Wells was set up on Aug. 27 and has since received more than $136,000 in donations as of Friday afternoon. The page was created by a friend of Wells.

Wells thanked fans for the outpouring of financial support in a Facebook post on Wednesday.


“Wow! I am amazed at the kindness and affection I have received from the current outpouring in regards to the Go Fund Me Page that is grabbing so much attention and want to address it,” she wrote. “A dear dear friend of mine with a big heart was trying to help me with some common issues we all understand and some must face.”

She continued: “I thought I was taking all the proper steps to ensure my golden years. Now, here I am, no family, no husband, no kids and no money. Im grateful that God has given me so many friends and fans who care, or it would all be too ….overwhelming.”

In 2014, Wells was interviewed by Fox News to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gilligan’s Island and the release of her book What Would Mary Ann Do?  

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