The movie star, the professor and … Mary Jane?


Do you ever wonder where the

women of Gilligan’s Island are these days?

OK, I don’t really, either.

I mean, there were only three of them, and Mrs. Howell (Natalie Schafer)

is dead. But Gilligan’s Island was once important to me, so I took notice when a friend

sent me an email with the subject line, “Mary Ann is a Stoner!

See, I’m not making it up.

She was really arrested and is on probation, although they dropped the

possession charge. And she gave a really pathetic excuse to the police

— her car smelled like pot because she picked up three hitchhikers,

but she made them get out when they lit up. Oh, and her friend left

some pot in her car. Uh huh.

Regardless, you can see why

I’ve been thinking about the Gilligan

ladies and what they’re up to these days. So here’s what I’ve learned about their whereabouts since leaving the island.



(Ginger, “the movie star”) left the island behind her a long time

ago (although she did appear in with other cast members in an episode

of Roseanne in 1995).

Apparently, she hated being

on the show. It seems she originally thought she was supposed to be

the star, and then had a rude awakening when she realized it was actually

about Gilligan. (Hence the name.) She did her time on the show, but

refused to participate in any of the reunion specials. (In a meta-ish

of coincidence that probably appeals only to me, both Tina Louise and

replacement Ginger, Judith Baldwin, were in one of my favorite

movies, The

Stepford Wives

And Baldwin was also in The Stepford Children.)

Louise continued do a lot of

soap opera and other TV work, and recorded a few albums along the way.

For the past 10 years or so, she’s been involved in children’s literacy

in New York, and has written a couple of children’s books, including

When I Grow Up, which was published last year.

And then there’s Mary Ann (Dawn

). She provided the All-American girl-next-door contrast to

Ginger’s more obvious sexuality, provoking the eternal question to boys

of whether they preferred Ginger or Mary Ann.

When she hasn’t been in jail,

Dawn Wells has fully embraced her Gilligan past. She appeared in

all the movies, including the one where the Harlem Globetrotters played basketball against a team of

robots on the island.

And a few years ago, she published

Mary Ann’s Gilligan Island Cookbook
, which includes Gilligan’s

–themed recipes and anecdotes about the show.

She didn’t limit her cooking

tips to the cookbook, though. Check out her amazing Idaho potato-peeling


Wells also founded the Film Actor’s Boot

to help aspiring

actors break into the film industry. So, really, she’s a productive

member of society.

Rather than delve further into

cheap jokes about Mary Ann’s stoner ways, I’ll leave you with a clip

of what may be my favorite Gilligan’s Island scene.

And I’ll leave you with the

question of whether you prefer Mary Ann or Ginger.

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