Dawn Wells

  • Birth Name: Dawn Elberta Wells
  • Birth Place: Reno, Nevada, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Producer
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  • Great-great grandfather was a stagecoach driver during the Gold Rush of 1849; father once owned the Las Vegas Thunderbird Hotel.
  • Planned on becoming a ballerina, but bad knees prevented her from following her aspirations. 
  • Competed in the Miss America Pageant in 1960, after having been named Miss Nevada in 1959.
  • Performed in more than 65 theatrical productions, including a national touring company production of They're Playing Our Song!
  • Served as coproducer and star of the series Dawn Wells: Reel Adventures.
  • In 1998, launched the Dawn Wells' Film Actors Boot Camp in Driggs, Idaho; it's geared toward those with a solid acting background looking to transition from the amateur to professional world.
  • Owns her own clothing company, Wishing Wells Collections, which caters to the elderly and to people who are physically challenged.
  • Is the founder and artistic director of the Spud Drive-in Film and Music Festival, in both Driggs, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 
  • Served as President of the Idaho Film and Television Institute.


  • Evelyn Wells — Mother
  • Larry Rosen — Ex-husband
  • Tom Irvin — Ex-significant Other


  • Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, United States (AA); University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States (BA in Theater, 1960)

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