Broke 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Bonanza' star Dawn Wells turns to fans to pay $194,000 hospital bill
The campaign page also reveals that Wells lost all her savings back in 2008, due to the 'banking crash'
Dawn Wells - the actress who played Mary Ann Summers in the hit CBS sitcom 'Gilligan's Island' - has fallen into hard times with a financial crisis.
Seeking financial assistance from her fans, a friend of the 79-year-old actress has even set up a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help her with 'hospital costs', the page describes. Wells is in the hospital after 'breaking her knee which required hospitalization for two months,' revealed TMZ.
Wells needs $194,000 to cover her hospital bills, the page describes "to help [Dawn] move and pay her hospital costs as well as future expenses." The page was started on August 27 and has received contributions from 696 people so far.
For those wondering why the established actress had to resort to public help for her finances, the page also reveals that Wells lost all her savings back in 2008, due to the 'banking crash'.
Her surgery, which happened in 2017, "came close to killing her" and the 'Bonanza' actress "needs to move to a smaller, more manageable assisted living situation, hopefully in the motion picture home that she likes," it stated. The page added: "Dawn is living one of the greatest fears we Americans have, an uncertain future. Should any of you out there wish to contribute a small sum to help a woman who gave so many people joy over the years, it would be appreciated."
Following Gilligan's Island, Wells embarked on a theater career, appearing in nearly a hundred theatrical productions, as of July 2009. She spent the majority of the 1970s, and 1980s, touring in musical theater productions. She also had a one-woman show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1985.
Wells is also quoted in the GoFundMe campaign. "I just don’t know what happened! I thought I would be just fine, but apparently, I’m not. I’ve found myself with no home, husband or kids. I thank god every day that I have friends and fans who care or this whole thing would be too overwhelming!", reported TMZ.
The actress' only and very brief marriage was to Larry Rosen, which took place in the year 1962. The couple never had any kids and eventually divorced in 1967. As of now, in terms of upcoming acting projects, Dawn is set to appear in two TV shows in 2018: 'See Ya' and 'Kaplan's Korner', according to IMDb.