The Untold Truth About 'Gilligan's Island'

Growing up watching Gilligan's Island is a given for any Gen Xer. The story follows seven people who get stranded on an island together: A skipper named Jonas Grumby (known as "The Skipper"); his first mate, Gilligan; a millionaire, Thurston Howell III and his wife, Lovey; a movie star, Ginger; a high-school science professor, Roy Hinkley (called "The Professor"); and a nice country girl, Mary Ann. 

Here are some lesser-known facts about the famed tv series and the actors who starred in it.

Veterans and Mary Ann

As previously mentioned, Mary Ann was a fan-favorite among the male audience. Interestingly enough, Mary Ann was also a huge figure for veterans. Apparently, she helped them "keep going" during tough times.


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