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Dawn Wells Born: 10/18/1938
Birth Place: Reno, Nevada, USA

Dawn Elberta Wells was born in Reno, NV on Oct. 18, 1938, the first child of Joe and Betty Wells. Starting out as a logger in his native Stockton, CA, Joe Wells later parlayed a small trucking business into a real estate empire; in 1961, he became co-owner of the Las Vegas Thunderbird Hotel and served for several years as its general manager. Although her first ambition was to be a professional ballerina, trick knees prevented Dawn Wells from realizing that dream. An honor roll student at Reno High School, she entered Stephens College in Columbia, MO, with an aim to study medicine but instead earned an associates degree in drama. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in theatre at Seattle's Uni...

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