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Tina Louise

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tina Louise (born February 11, 1934) is an American actress best known for playing movie star Ginger Grant in the CBS television situation comedy Gilligan's Island. She began her career on stage during the mid-1950s, before landing her breakthrough role in 1958 drama film God's Little Acre for which she received Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. Louise had starring roles in a number of Hollywood movies, including The Trap, The Hangman, Day of the Outlaw, and For Those Who Think Young. Louise later returned to film, appearing in The Wrecking Crew, The Happy Ending, and The Stepford Wives (1975). Tina Blacker was born in New York City. By the time she was four years of age, her parents had divorced. An only child, she was raised by her mother, Sylvia Horn (née Myers) Blacker (1916–2011), a fashion model. Tina's father, Joseph Blacker, was a candy store owner in Brooklyn and later an accountant. The name "Louise" was allegedly added during her senior year in high school when she mentioned to her drama teacher that she was the only girl in the class without a middle name. He selected the name "Louise" and it stuck. She attended Miami University in Ohio. At the early age of just two years, Tina got her first role, after being seen in an ad for her father's candy store. She played numerous roles until she decided it was best to focus on school work. By the age of 17, Louise began studying acting, singing and dancing. She studied acting under Sanford Meisner at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan. During her early acting years, she was offered modeling jobs, including as a rising starlet, who along with Jayne Mansfield, was a product advocate in the 1958 Frederick's of Hollywood catalog, and appeared on the cover of several pinup magazines such as Adam, Sir! and Modern Man. Her later pictorials for Playboy (May 1958; April 1959) were arranged by Columbia Pictures studio in an effort to further promote the young actress. Louise with Gene Barry from the television series Burke's Law (1964). Her acting debut came in 1952 in the Bette Davis musical revue Two's Company,[4] followed by roles in other Broadway productions, such as John Murray Anderson's Almanac, The Fifth Season, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? She appeared in such early live television dramas as Studio One, Producers' Showcase, and Appointment with Adventure. In 1957, she appeared on Broadway in the hit musical Li'l Abner. Her album, It's Time for Tina, was released that year, with songs such as "Embraceable You" and "I'm in the Mood for Love". Louise made her Hollywood film debut in 1958 in God's Little Acre. That same year, the National Art Council named her the "World's Most Beautiful Redhead." The next year she starred in Day of the Outlaw, with Robert Ryan. She became an in-demand leading lady for major stars like Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark, often playing somber roles quite unlike the glamorous pinup photographs and Playboy pictorials she had become famous for in the late 1950s. ] In 1962, she guest-starred on the sitcom The Real McCoys, portraying a country girl from West Virginia in an episode titled "Grandpa Pygmalion". Two years later, prior to the development of Gilligan's Island, she appeared with Bob Denver in the beach party film For Those Who Think Young. CLR

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Feb 11, 1934
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Tapestry 2019-01-10
Known For
Poster of Tapestry
Poster of Knight Rider
Poster of Dallas
Poster of The Love Boat
Movie Tapestry Rose 2019-01-10
Movie Late Phases Clarissa 2014-11-21
Series L.A. Heat Unknown 1999-03-15
Movie Welcome to Woop Woop Bella 1998-08-13
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Johnny Suede Mrs. Fontaine 1991-08-18
Movie Dixie Lanes Violet Hunter 1988-05-03
Series Blacke's Magic Unknown 1986-01-05
Movie O.C. and Stiggs Florence Beaugereaux 1985-01-01
Movie Evils of the Night Cora 1985-10-10
Movie Dog Day NoƩmie Blue 1984-01-10
Movie Hell Riders Claire Delaney 1984-09-10
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Knight Rider Anne Tyler 1982-09-26
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie Advice to the Lovelorn Diane Marsh 1981-11-30
Movie The Day the Women Got Even Mary Jo Alfieri 1980-12-04
Movie Friendships, Secrets and Lies Joan Holmes 1979-12-03
Movie Mean Dog Blues Donna Lacey 1978-03-03
Series Dallas Julie Grey 1978-04-02
Movie SST: Death Flight Mae 1977-02-25
Series The Love Boat Betty Bricker 1977-09-24
Series CHiPs Edie Marshall 1977-09-15
Movie Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Marjean Dorn 1976-10-29
Movie Nightmare in Badham County Unknown 1976-11-05
Movie The Stepford Wives Charmaine Wimpiris 1975-02-12
Movie Death Scream Hilda Murray 1975-09-26
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie Call to Danger Unknown 1973-02-27
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie But I Don't Want to Get Married! Miss Spencer 1970-10-06
Movie How to Commit Marriage Laverne Baker 1969-07-07
Movie The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Carmel 1969-11-19
Movie The Happy Ending Helen Bricker 1969-12-21
Movie The Wrecking Crew Lola Medina 1968-12-30
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The Jackie Gleason Show Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie Salute to Stan Laurel Herself 1965-11-23
Movie For Those Who Think Young Topaz McQueen 1964-06-01
Movie Fanfare for a Death Scene Coola Hana 1964-09-01
Series Gilligan's Island Ginger Grant 1964-09-26
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Movie Viva l'Italia! French Journalist 1961-02-02
Movie Armored Command Alexandra Bastegar 1961-07-09
Movie The Warrior Empress Sappho 1960-08-24
Movie Siege of Syracuse Diana / Artemide / Lucrezia 1960-03-17
Series Checkmate Joanne Dunn 1960-09-17
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie The Hangman Selah Jennison 1959-06-17
Movie The Trap Linda Anderson 1959-01-28
Movie Day of the Outlaw Helen Crane 1959-07-01
Movie God's Little Acre Griselda Walden, Ty Ty's daughter-in-law 1958-09-23
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series The Oscars Herself 1953-03-18
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07