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Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell was a fictional character in the 1960s television show Gilligan's Island. Played by Natalie Schafer, the character was a rich, spoiled socialite, married to Thurston Howell, III.
While her husband always called her "Lovey," the other castaways always called her Mrs. Howell. There are only two times someone besides Thurston calls her Lovey: in the pilot, when the radio is announcing the missing people, the announcer says "Thurston Howell, III, and his wife, Lovey;" and in the episode in which Gilligan thinks he wins the lottery and invites all the people into the Howells' club, the Professor refers to Mr. and Mrs. Howell as Thurston and Lovey.
In one episode in which the Howells were having marital problems, she mentioned her maiden name was Wentworth. Hardly anything was ever learned about her life before being marooned with her fellow castaways, but she mentioned in one episode that she spoke "perfect" French and Italian, hinting at a classical education. Thurston Howell also indicates that Lovey, or at least her family, had money of their own; Mr Howell describes her family as being loaded. She also claimed in one episode to being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Although she was spoiled and preoccupied with social status, Mrs. Howell was also kind and genuinely cared about the well-being of her fellow castaways. She frequently served as something of a mother figure to the two younger female castaways, Ginger Grant and Mary Ann Summers, offering advice (though she sometimes also displays jealousy toward the two younger women).
Several times she acted as a motherly figure to Gilligan, such as psychoanalyzing him, adopting him, and praising him for his accomplishments when no one else did. She often plotted with her husband several times to steal/access/manipulate things from the other survivors. She once tried to get Gilligan and Mary Ann to wed, she and her husband kept a gold mine secret from the rest of the group, divulging secrets about stolen jewelry from a parrot, scheming to convince a burnt out artist to leave the island and get through to an uncivilized jungle boy played by Kurt Russell.
It was once quoted by Thurston Howell himself that their brilliance together was only succeeded by their greed. They had also proven to have once had several houses and several staffs of servants, including an upstairs maid, a downstairs maid and a butler whose butler served him breakfast in bed. Thurston once quoted that the neighborhood of one million dollars apiece was considered a slum area where they resided.
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