Mary Ann Summers vs Ginger Grant
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of two beautiful woman stranded on an island. When Gilligan’s Island debuted in 1964 American’s were divided on whom to fall in love with the most on the show: Ginger, or Mary Ann. The debate still rages on today.
First meet Ginger Grant the movie star. Tina Louise played Ginger Grant, “the movie star”.
Her character was originally written as a sarcastic and sharp-tongued temptress, but Louise argued that this was too extreme and refused to play it as written. A compromise was reached; Louise agreed to play her as a cross between Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe. The evening gowns and hairstyle used were designed to re-create the look of Myrna Loy.”
Next up is Mary Ann Summers who was played by Dawn Wells.
Mary Ann became a simple farm-girl from Kansas. In February 2007, she starred as Lovey Howell in Gilligan's Island: The Musical, a musical stage adaptation of the TV show.”
So the real question to ask today is this: Did you love the movie star more? Or did you love a farm girl who could make a killer Coconut Cream pie?