THE GABELLI EQUITY TRUST INC.
REAFFIRMS ITS 10% DISTRIBUTION POLICY AND
DECLARES FIRST QUARTER DISTRIBUTION OF $0.19 PER SHARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rye, NY
February 15, 2006
NYSE - GAB
CUSIP 362397101
For information:
Carter Austin
(914) 921-5070



  The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. (NYSE:GAB) declared a $0.19 per share cash distribution payable on March 27, 2006 to common stock shareholders of record on March 17, 2006, pursuant to the Gabelli Equity Trust's 10% Distribution Policy.

Under the Gabelli Equity Trust's distribution policy, the Fund pays a minimum annual distribution of 10% of the average net asset value of the Fund. The Fund's current quarterly distribution level for 2006 is set at $0.19 per share in each of the first three quarters of the year with an adjusting distribution in the fourth quarter of an amount sufficient to pay 10% of the average net asset value of the Fund, as of the last day of the four preceding calendar quarters, or to satisfy the minimum distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, whichever is greater. Each quarter, the Board of Directors reviews the amount of any potential distribution based on the income, capital gains or capital available.

A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain and qualified dividend income for individuals, each subject to the maximum Federal income tax rate, which is currently 15% in taxable accounts for individuals. If the Fund does not generate earnings from dividends, interest and net realized capital gains equal to or in excess of the aggregate distributions paid by the Fund for the year, then the amount distributed in excess of the Fund's investment income and net realized capital gains will be deemed a non-taxable return of capital.

Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income, ordinary income and paid-in capital, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all distributions to common shareholders for the year. As of February 15, 2006, the date of this press release, the current distribution would include approximately 13% from net capital gains and 87% from paid-in capital. The estimated components of each distribution are provided to shareholders of record in a notice accompanying the distribution and are available on our website (www.gabelli.com). The final determination of the sources of all distributions in 2006 will be made after year-end. All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment for all 2006 distributions in early 2007 via Form 1099-DIV.

The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with $1.8 billion in total assets whose primary investment objective is long term growth of capital. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.