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Feb 23 2018
There's Something About Mary Ann: Celebrating Dawn Wells In NYC Comments (0)

IMG_2599****Dawn Wells, forever Mary Ann (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I had a blast at Thursday night's Limelight Nightlife Award dinner in honor IMG_2571*****EDITof Dawn Wells of Gilligan's Island fame, thanks to an invite from Chip Duckett, the king of NYC nightlife.

The event was held at Jue Lan, club/restaurant in the old Limelight space that attractively plays off the space's history — including Andy Warhol-style Campbell's Soup cans overhead that provided echoes of days gone by in NYC.

Dawn was a doll and doesn't look anywhere near 79! She's so cool with her Mary Ann reputation that in her acceptance speech she spontaneously encouraged questions from the audience about Gilligan's Island. When no one immediately took her up on her offer, she blurted out, “Yes, Tina Louise was beautiful!”

Keep reading for some of my snaps ...

IMG_2551*****Robyn Byrd, Mason Reese & Dawn

IMG_2556*****Sandwiched between the B-52s' Fred Schneider and CSI star/Daddy director Gerald McCullouch

IMG_2561*****Gerald was teasing me for not taking any casual chatty shots — but I was smeared!

IMG_2587*****With handsome Ben Curtis, the actor you may recall as the Dell Dude

IMG_2617****My new bestie Matt Crabtree (Will & Grace, Modern Family) with busty Robin Byrd

IMG_2632****Dawn with her manager

IMG_2639****Laughing as organizer Chip Duckett talks about past winners, including the “I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up” lady

IMG_2660****Watch for this on eBay!

IMG_2677****Having a blast with buddy Randy Jones of the Village People

IMG_2693****Oh, my!

IMG_2693****Dawn with gossip Florence Anthony)

With embraceable Vincent De Paul, a producer who danced in the 1987
Hairspray film