Dawn Wells, known for her role as Mary Ann in Gilligan’s Island, says that taking part in festivals and conventions such as the Roy Rogers Festival help her to connect with the adults who watched her when they were just children.
“What I find so pleasant is you get to meet the kids you raised,” Wells stated. “And, I think we raised a good crew.”
She explained that her fans are always respectful, don’t swear and are never lewd. Wells explained for her Gilligan’s Island was about seven misfits all trying to live together.
“Isn’t that what we all really are,” the actress commented.
Through what Wells described to be a universal message, she says Gilligan’s Island taught morals and common courtesy for fellow man.
Wells added that she so often meets men in their 40s or older now that tell her she was their first crush. Though these men flirt, Wells says they are always polite.
“It’s respect, not lust. I was a crush, not a conquest,” Wells said.
She further added that many of these men blush in her presents.
“It’s cute,” she said.
Wells visits two to three festivals or conventions a year. She also is active in theater and just completed Steel Magnolias.
Wells commented that she is often asked if she could do it all over again, would she have taken a different path. In response, she commented that she would love to be an international correspondent always at the front of the news.
Wells can be seen at the Holiday Inn on Second Street in Portsmouth throughout the weekend where she is a guest of the Roy Rogers Festival.
For more information about the Roy Rogers Festival or the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association, find them on Facebook or stop in at the Holiday Inn through August 5.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.