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A sign of the apocalypse


This is the most disturbing news I read in some time.

DRIGGS, Idaho - Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car.

She was sentenced Feb. 29 to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving.

Under a plea agreement, three misdemeanor counts -- driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance -- were dropped.

On Oct. 18, Teton County sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gutierrez arrested Wells as she was driving home from a surprise birthday party that was held for her. According to the sheriff's office report, Gutierrez pulled Wells over after noticing her swerve and repeatedly speed up and slow down. When Gutierrez asked about a marijuana smell, Wells said she'd just given a ride to three hitchhikers and had dropped them off when they began smoking something. Gutierrez found half-smoked joints and two small cases used to store marijuana.

The 69-year-old Wells, founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute and organizer of the region's annual family movie festival called the Spud Fest, then failed a sobriety test.

What's next? Alfalfa dies as the result of a fight over money? Jeff gets arrested for growing marijuana on his farm? Oops those already happened. No, Angela 'Penny Robinson' Cartwright gets arrested for dealing in pornography. That would really break my heart.

Hat tip- Dr. Taylor at Poliblog who writes "And here I thought Mary Ann was the good one!" Me too.

Update- Corrected post to say Angela not Veronica Cartwright but I did have the right wikipedia link all along. Bad me.


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Comments (9)

Angela Cartwright wa... (Below threshold)

Angela Cartwright was Penny, not Veronica.

I think it was on Howard St... (Below threshold)

I think it was on Howard Stern's TV show they did a skit where they all got stoned. But Gilligan's Island was in the sixties.

How in the world did the Te... (Below threshold)

How in the world did the Teton County Sheriff's Department get a patrol car on that island?

BTW, Ginger would have beat the rap.

MARY ANN should just return... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

MARY ANN should just return to her parents farm in KANSAS and as for ANGELA CARTRIGHT well her and WILL and JUDY are still out there with the parents major west dr smith and the BUBBLEHEADED BOOBIE and dont forget debbie the bloop

So sad...another one of my ... (Below threshold)

So sad...another one of my childhood crushes destroyed.

But WTF -- how in the name of all that is holy is Dawn Wells nearly 70 years old? Time is supposed to stand still for our TV icons of yesterday!

I'm surprised at Mary Ann. ... (Below threshold)

I'm surprised at Mary Ann. Ginger, I could believe - but as HughS notes, she would have been able to talk her way out of it. Or Mrs. Howell. That woman just had to have found the pot plant grove on the island.

btw, all you youngsters: Angela Cartwright's first claim to fame was in the role of Linda Williams, stepdaughter on The Danny Thomas Show after the original Mrs. Williams, Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Jean Hagen, grew bored with the role and was killed off in the show. Angela came with the new Mrs. Williams (Majorie Lord) and remained until the series went off the air. She became America's sweetheart in the process, and grew up enough on the small screen to be many a young lad's secret crush, too.

If I recall correctly, the ... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

If I recall correctly, the late Bob Denver was also busted for pot possession.

Mary Ann must have had a mass craving for bananas and coconuts.

She may be a toker and at t... (Below threshold)

She may be a toker and at the threshold of 70 but she's still a good looking woman. I wish I had those genes.

Is it me or does that heigh... (Below threshold)

Is it me or does that height chart say "centimeters"? It's hard for me to believe that she's less than 2 feet tall. I guess you really do look bigger on TV.






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