Friday, August 26, 2016

The Graceful Aging of Mary Ann

Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers.
Dawn Wells as Dawn Wells at 78.
Those of you who have the fixed image of the sexy girl next door Mary Ann Summers from from the 1960s TV show "Gilligan's Island" (above) etched into your brain will likely appreciate the Mary Ann of today. She's Dawn Wells, who was born in 1938 and retains the beauty of the young woman quite well.

"Gilligan's Island" ran 1964-1967, 98 episodes. The first season's 36 episodes were filmed in black and white and later colorized for syndication. The cast made two Gilligan movies, as well. Star Bob Denver, who had been a second-banana on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the '50s, is today a cultural icon of sorts.

Ms. Wells will be the featured attraction at the first Starcropolis Sept. 4 atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke. This will be a hybrid performance gig, featuring stories, and vignettes with Mill Mountain at the center. The Hollins Theatre department came up with the idea and some of the region's most talented people will pull it off.

My understanding is that the tickets are gone, so if you know somebody who knows somebody, you might want to use your influence. Everybody who's anybody will be there. I didn't get a ticket, so I probably won't, but who the hell am I anyway? Sounds like a good evening, though.

And, if nothing else, you'll be able to see how at least one person aged just about as well as a human can. Here's a story about Ms. Wells, telling you how she did it. (Hint: diet and exercise.)

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