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Dawn Wells Biography

Birth Name:
Dawn Elberta Wells
Birth Place:
Reno, Nevada, United States
Actor, author, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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