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Exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 26th THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM CELEBRATES THE 55th ANNIVERSARY OF GILLIGAN’S ISLAND WITH CASTAWAY, DAWN WELLS AND SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ FAMILY MEMBERS

Written By: Marcelle - Sep• 24•19

THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM CELEBRATES
THE 55th ANNIVERSARY OF GILLIGAN’S ISLAND
WITH CASTAWAY, DAWN WELLS
AND SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ FAMILY MEMBERS

 

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WHAT: As part of the successful and ongoing LOBBY SERIES at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, paying tribute to iconic and legendary individuals in entertainment, The Hollywood Museum’s President/Founder, Donelle Dadigan, is pleased to announce that they will be celebrating the 55th Anniversary of America’s favorite shipwreck – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND (the longest running sitcom still showing worldwide in over 30 languages), with one of the show’s most enduring castaways, Dawn Wells, who portrayed the lovable farm girl next door, Mary Ann Sommers. The Character that was originally listed as “And the rest” on the credits became the fan favorite, garnering more fan mail that even the title character. With almost 400,000 fans on her FaceBook page and fan clubs across the U.S., her following has remained faithful.

The Museum will unveil one of pop culture’s most iconic costumes with Gilligan’s white sailor hat and red shirt, worn by Mr Bob Denver as Gilligan, as well as the gingham dress and the navel covering shorts with matching mid-drift top worn by Ms Wells as Mary Ann in the show, and her original scripts of the series. Other items on display include from the Rob Klein collection – the coconut cup prop used on the show, the screen accurate replica of the radio from the showâ™ pilot, as well as original Gilliganâ™ Island inspired merchandise from the 1960’s.

In addition, Ms Wells will be signing the newly released, updated version of her book, “A Guide To Life: What Would Mary Ann Do?” (Bear Manor Publishing) following the Lobby Series unveiling.

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND TO DATE: Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family), Billy Van Zandt (Yes, Dear/The Hughleys), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood/GH/Cougar Town), Celeste Thorson (Tyler Perry series the Have and Have Nots), Darcy Donovan (Modern Family), Dee Dee Sorvino (TV host), Donna Pescow (Even Stevens/Out of This World), Elaine Ballace (The Rich and the Ruthless), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Geri Jewell (Facts of Life/Deadwood), Geoffrey Mark (Author/Emmy Winner/Grammy Nominee), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair), Judy Tenuta (Comedienne), Kathleen Hughes (Braken’s World), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Rico E. Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek, Greys Anatomy), Steven Wishnoff (OZ/Director), Susan Olsen (Brady Bunch), Suzanne Sena (TV Host), Teresa Ganzel (The Toy), Ruta Lee (77 Sunset/Seven Brides for 7 Brothers), Roslyn Kind (Singer), Lee Purcell (Valley Girl/Carol of the Bells), Ro Brooks (The Haves and the Have Nots), as well as Hope Jube and Lloyd Schwartz (Daughter and Son of Gilligan’s Island creator).

ABOUT DAWN WELLS:
A native of Reno, Ms. Wells represented Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959. She found success in Hollywood immediately afterward, appearing in such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Bonanza, and Hawaiian Eye. She was later cast in the role of a lifetime as Mary Ann in Gilligan’s Island, beating out 350 other actresses. She’s an actress, producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and humanitarian. She has starred in over 150 TV shows, and 7 motion pictures, and has starred in 60+ theatrical productions across the country and on The Great White Way.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM:
The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation showcasing more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures, spotlighting 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites!

The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world – featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. The Hollywood Museum offers one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows.

Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly, and one of the “Top 10” Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.

REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028
MUSEUM INFO: www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com or Tel: (323) 464-7776

FOLLOW THE MUSEUM:
WEBSITE: www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com
FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/TheHollywoodMuseum
TWITTER: @HollywoodMuseum
INSTAGRAM: @HollywoodMuseum

The Hollywood Museum Special Events Contact:
Roger Neal / NPR – prstarus2000@yahoo.com / 323-366-2796

The Hollywood Museum PR Contact:
Harlan Boll / BHBPR – Harlan@bhbpr.com / 626-296-3757 / http://www.bhbpr.com/

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