Ginger and Mary Ann

Ginger or Mary Ann?
Ginger or Mary Ann?" is regarded as a classic pop-psychological question, one which provides insight into the personality types of males of a certain age, at least as regards to which certain female stereotypes interest them the most.

Ginger Grant

Ginger Grant was a character in the 1960s television sitcom Gilligan's Island. Grant was a movie star, and would casually mention names of some of the biggest movie stars of the day, as co-stars or acquaintances, suggesting that she too was a great star.

Ginger Grant was portrayed by actress Tina Louise. The character name was taken from two stars of Hollywood's "Golden Era", Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant. Louise has stated that the character as originally written was somewhat abrasive and sarcastic, however she argued that such a character would be out of place. She suggested the final characterisation which she described as a blend of Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball, and with a visual style inspired by Myrna Loy.

Ginger appeared in several episodes to be the desire of The Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.) but as this was 1960s series television, the "relationship" was never allowed to develop beyond a mild flirtation.

Ginger's fellow single female on the island and hence companion and rival was Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells), a simple, innocent farm girl from Kansas who was in many ways her opposite.

Miss Louise for many years regarded her casting as Ginger Grant as having largely destroyed her subsequent career through typecasting her solely as a retro glamour queen.

Mary Ann Summers

Mary Ann Summers is a fictional Kansas farm girl who is a character in the television sitcom Gilligan's Island which ran on the CBS network from 1964 to 1967, and has run more or less continuously since in reruns.

Mary Ann was portayed by actress Dawn Wells. She was an ingénue and a foil, as well as a friend, to glamorous Hollywood star Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise. She is apparently regarded with some desire by both the title character of Gilligan (Bob Denver) and The Professor (Russell Johnson), but this is never allowed to develop into anything beyond mild flirtation (this was, after all, 1960s series television!).

Unlike Miss Louise, who in retrospect for many years felt that her casting as Ginger Grant had largely destroyed what until then had seemed to be a promising career, Miss Wells has always, at least in public, expressed gratitude for the opportunities that the role has presented her.

Gilligan's Island was an American TV sitcom from the 1960s. Early episodes were filmed in black-and-white; later episodes in color. The theme tune for the show 'Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...' is familiar to many.

The Gilligan of the show's name is the hapless deckhand. Other characters are the 'Skipper' (referred to as Jonas Grumby in the pilot), the 'Professor' (referred to as Roy Hinkley in the pilot), millionaires Mr. and Mrs. Thurston B. Howell III, movie star Ginger Grant, and farm girl Mary Ann Summers. The show's plots revolved around the characters' failed attempts to get off the island that they have been shipwrecked on.

One of the astounding things about the show is that the Professor is a genius able to construct practically anything from palm fronds and coconuts, but he is unable to build a boat. Another strange and puzzling fact is that the S.S. Minnow was on a three hour tour—so why did the passengers carry all of their luggage on the trip?

According to the show's creator and cast the name "S.S. Minnow" was actually named after Newton Minow, who was chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission in 1961. In a much-publicized speech, he called television a "vast wasteland." The boat was named after the man who, Gilligan's Island producer Sherwood Schwartz insists, "ruined television." Minow gave networks authority and placed the power of programming in the hands of the networks. He did this after Gilligan's Island was started.

The last new episode of the show aired on September 4, 1967.


  • Gilligan - Bob Denver
  • The Skipper - Alan Hale
  • Thurston Howell III - Jim Backus
  • Lovey Howell - Natalie Schafer
  • Ginger Grant - Tina Louise
  • The Professor - Russell Johnson
  • Mary Ann Summers - Dawn Wells

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