Louise in 1964
February 11, 1934
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
|Years active||1952–2004, 2014–present|
(m. 1966;div. 1971)
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 the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
Ginger Grant is a fictional character portrayed by actress Tina Louise in the 1964 to 1967 television sitcom Gilligan's Island.
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. The series followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive on an island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.
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).
The Trap is a 1959 color film noir directed by Norman Panama and released through Paramount Pictures. It stars Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Tina Louise, Earl Holliman, and Lorne Greene.
The Hangman is a 1959 film directed by Michael Curtiz. It stars Robert Taylor and Tina Louise. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Luke Short.
Day of the Outlaw is a 1959 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise. It was directed by Andre DeToth; this was DeToth's final Western feature film.
Tina Blacker was born in New York City, to a Jewish family.By the time she was four years of age, her parents had divorced.
The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
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 Brooklynand 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.
Miami University is a public research university in Oxford, Ohio. The university was founded in 1809, although classes were not held until 1824. Miami University is the second-oldest university in Ohio and the 10th oldest public university in the United States. The school's system comprises the main campus in Oxford, as well as regional campuses in nearby Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. Miami also maintains an international boarding campus, the Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Miami University as a research university with a high research activity. It is affiliated with the University System of 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. [ citation needed ]
Sanford Meisner, also known as Sandy, was an American actor and acting teacher who developed an approach to acting instruction that is now known as the Meisner technique. While Meisner was exposed to method acting at the Group Theatre, his approach differed markedly in that he completely abandoned the use of affective memory, a distinct characteristic of method acting. Meisner maintained an emphasis on "the reality of doing", which was the foundation of his approach.
Jayne Mansfield was an American film, theater, and television actress. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol during the 1950s and early 1960s, while under contract at 20th Century Fox. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.
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Her acting debut came in 1952 in the Bette Davis musical revue Two's Company , [ citation needed ]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".
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
Two's Company is a musical revue with principal sketches by Charles Sherman and Peter DeVries, principal lyrics by Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn, and principal music by Vernon Duke.
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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. She turned down roles in Li'l Abner and Operation Petticoat taking roles on Broadway and in Italian cinema and Hollywood. Among her more notable Italian film credits was the historical epic Garibaldi (1960), directed by Roberto Rossellini, that concerned Garibaldi's efforts to unify the Italian states in 1860. When Louise returned to the United States, she began studying with Lee Strasberg and eventually became a member of the Actors Studio. 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 .
In 1964, she left the Broadway musical Fade Out – Fade In to portray movie star Ginger Grant on the situation comedy Gilligan's Island, after the part was turned down by Jayne Mansfield. Over time she became unhappy with the role and worried that it would typecast her. The role did make Louise a pop icon of the era, and in 2005 an episode of TV Land Top Ten ranked her as second only to Heather Locklear as the greatest of television's all-time sex symbols.[ citation needed ] After the series ended in 1967, Louise continued to work in film and made numerous guest appearances in various television series. She did not appear in the 1978 movie Rescue from Gilligan's Island nor on another cast reunion film, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, the only original cast member to decline reprising the role (which was played by Judith Baldwin and Connie Forslund in the later film).
She appeared in the Matt Helm spy spoof The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin. Louise played a doomed suburban housewife in the original The Stepford Wives (1975), and both the film and her performance were well received.
She attempted to shed her comedic image by assaying grittier roles, including a guest appearance as a heroin addict in a 1974 Kojak episode, as well as a co-starring role as a Southern Corrections Officer in the 1976 ABC television movie Nightmare in Badham County . Her other television films of the period included Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976), SST: Death Flight (1977), Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979), and in the prime-time soap opera Dallas , during the 1978–1979 seasons, as J.R. Ewing's secretary, Julie Grey, a semi-regular character. Her character was finally killed off. In the fall of 1984, she replaced Jo Ann Pflug as Taylor Chapin on the syndicated soap opera Rituals after Pflug refused to do love scenes with co-star George Lazenby because of her religious beliefs. After a few months, however, Louise did not renew her own contract and the character was written out. She later made cameo appearances on the network daytime soaps Santa Barbara and All My Children .[ citation needed ]
The question "Ginger or Mary Ann?" is considered a classic pop-psychological question when given to American men of a certain age as an insight into their characters, or at least their desires as regarding certain female stereotypes. With the January 2014 death of Gilligan's Island co-star Russell Johnson, Louise and actress Dawn Wells are the only two surviving cast members of the original sitcom.
Louise declined to participate in any of three reunion television films for Gilligan's Island. Despite maintaining an active career after the show's run, she maintained that the show actually ruined her career. The role of Ginger was recast with Judith Baldwin and Constance Forslund. Although she did not appear in these television movies, she made brief walk-on appearances on a few talk shows and specials for Gilligan's Island reunions, including Good Morning America (1982), The Late Show (1988) and the 2004 TV Land award show with the other surviving cast members. In the 1990s, she was reunited with costars Bob Denver, Dawn Wells, and Russell Johnson in an episode of Roseanne .She did not reunite with them for the television film Surviving Gilligan's Island (2001), co-produced by Wells. She was portrayed by Kristen Dalton in the television film. Her relations with series star Denver were rumored to be strained, but in 2005, she wrote a brief, affectionate memorial to him in the year-end "farewell" issue of Entertainment Weekly .
Later film roles included a co-starring appearance in the Robert Altman comedy O.C. and Stiggs (1987) as well as the independently made satire Johnny Suede (1992) starring Brad Pitt. She appeared in Married... with Children as Miss Beck in episode "Kelly Bounces Back" (1990). In 2014 Louise starred in the spiritual drama, Tapestry and the horror film Late Phases .
Louise made one record album, It's Time for Tina, which was released originally on Concert Hall in 1957 (Concert Hall 1521), and later reissued on Urania Records (1958 and 1959 respectively).With arrangements by Jim Timmens and Buddy Weed's Orchestra, 12 tracks include "Tonight Is the Night" and "I'm in the Mood for Love." Coleman Hawkins is featured on tenor sax. The album has been reissued on CD twice, most recently on the UK label Harkit Records. The album was released on iTunes in 2012. She also recorded for United Artists Records but recorded just one single for that label in 1958.
From 1966 to 1971, Louise was married to radio and TV announcer/interviewer Les Crane, with whom she has one daughter, Caprice Crane (born 1970), who became an MTV producer and a novelist. Crane's first novel, Stupid and Contagious, was published in 2006, and was dedicated to her mother.[ citation needed ]
Louise now resides in New York City. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. [ citation needed ] She also published a second children's book titled What Does a Bee Do? in 2009.Louise has been a vocal advocate for improving child literacy. She donated a portion of the proceeds of her 2007 book, When I Grow Up, to literacy programs and said in a 2013 interview that she had been volunteering at local public schools since 1996. She has written three books including Sunday: A Memoir (1997) and When I Grow Up (2007). The latter is a children's book that inspires children to believe they can become whatever they choose through creative and humorous comparisons of animal kingdom achievements.
Louise is quoted as saying, "The best movie you'll ever be in is your own life because that's what matters in the end."
A Democrat, she campaigned for John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election.
|1958||God's Little Acre||Griselda Walden|| Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress |
Laurel Award for Best Female Supporting Performance (5th place)
|1959||The Trap||Linda Anderson|
|1959||The Hangman||Selah Jennison|
|1959||Day of the Outlaw||Helen Crane|
|1960||L'assedio di Siracusa||Diana / Artemide / Lucrezia|
|1960||The Warrior Empress||Sappho|
|1961||Armored Command||Alexandra Bastegar|
|1964||For Those Who Think Young||Topaz McQueen|
|1967||The Seventh Floor||Dr. Immer Mehr|
|1968||The Wrecking Crew||Lola Medina|
|1969||How to Commit Marriage||Laverne Baker|
|1969||The Good Guys and the Bad Guys||Carmel|
|1969||The Happy Ending||Helen Bricker|
|1970||But I Don't Want to Get Married!||Miss Spencer||Television film|
|1973||Call to Danger||April Tierney||Television film|
|1975||The Stepford Wives||Charmaine Wimpiris|
|1975||Death Scream||Hilda Murray|
|1976||Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby||Marjean Dorn||Television film|
|1976||Nightmare in Badham County||Greer||Television film|
|1977||SST: Death Flight||Mae||Television film|
|1977||The Kentucky Fried Movie||Voice|
|1978||Mean Dog Blues||Donna Lacey|
|1979||Friendships, Secrets and Lies||Joan Holmes||Television film|
|1980||The Day the Women Got Even||Mary Jo Alfieri||Television film|
|1981||Advice to the Lovelorn||Diane Marsh||Television film|
|1984||Dog Day||Noémie Blue|
|1984||Hell Riders||Claire Delaney|
|1985||Evils of the Night||Cora|
|1985||O.C. and Stiggs||Florence Beaugereaux|
|1988||Dixie Lanes||Violet Hunter|
|1991||Johnny Suede||Mrs. Fontaine|
|1997||Welcome to Woop Woop||Bella|
|2000||Growing Down in Brooklyn||Mrs. Pip|
|2004||West from North Goes South||Celeste Clark|
|1956||Studio One||Dolores||Episode: "Johnny August"|
|1956||Producers' Showcase||Maude||Episode: "Happy Birthday"|
|1957||The Phil Silvers Show||Gina||Episode: "Bilko Goes South"|
|1957||Climax!||Maxene Sumner||Episode: "A Matter of Life and Death"|
|1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Helene Montclair||Episode: "New Orleans Trackdown"|
|1961||The New Breed||Stella Knowland||Episode: "I Remember Murder"|
|1962||Checkmate||Checkmate||Episode: "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Game"|
|1963||Burke's Law||Bonnie Belle Tate||Episode: "Who Killed Billy Jo?"|
|1963||Route 66||Robin||Episode: "I'm Here to Kill a King"|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Angie Powell||Episode: "The Deep End"|
|1964||Mr. Broadway||The Girl||Episode: "Smelling Like a Rose"|
|1966||The Red Skelton Show||Daisy June||Episode: "Be It Ever So Homely, There's No Face Like Clem"|
|1964–1967||Gilligan's Island||Ginger Grant||Series regular, 98 episodes|
|1967||Bonanza||Mary Burns||Episode: "Desperate Passage"|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||Anna Martine||Episode: "Totally by Design"|
|1970||Ironside||Candy||Episode: "Beware the Wiles of the Stranger"|
|1973||Mannix||Linda Cole||Episode: "The Faces of Murder"|
|1969–1973||Love, American Style||Mrs. Rossi / Wilma / Lola/ Audrey||4 episodes|
|1974||Kojak||Audrey Norris||Episode: "Die Before They Wake"|
|1973, 1974||Police Story||April / Anita||2 episodes|
|1974||Movin' On||Helen Trueblood||Episode: "The Cowhands"|
|1974||Kung Fu||Carol Mercer||Episode: "A Dream Within a Dream"|
|1975||Cannon||Nell Dexter||Episode: "The Wedding March"|
|1976||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Susan Dager||Episode: "All Passions Spent"|
|1978–1979||Dallas||Julie Grey||Special guest star, 5 episodes|
|1979||The Love Boat||Betty Bricker||Episode: "My Sister, Irene/The 'Now' Marriage/Second Time Around"|
|1980||Fantasy Island||Lisa Corday||Episode: "Unholy Wedlock/Elizabeth"|
|1980||CHiPs||Edie Marshall||2 episodes|
|1982||Matt Houston||Jessica Collier||Episode: "The Kidnapping"|
|1983||Knight Rider||Anne Tyler||Episode: "The Topaz Connection"|
|1984–1985||Rituals||Taylor Chapin Field von Platen||Series regular|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Lainie Warde||Episode: "Death Goes to the Movies"|
|1986||Santa Barbara||Cassie Dunn||Special guest star|
|1986||Simon & Simon||Robin Price||Episode: "Act Five"|
|1990||Married... with Children||Miss Beck||Episode: "Kelly Bounces Back"|
|1994||All My Children||Tish Pridmore||Special guest star|
|1995||Roseanne||Roseanne (cameo)||Episode: "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute"|
|1999||L.A. Heat||Patricia Ludwigson||Episode: "In Harm's Way"|
Julie Newmar is an American actress, dancer, and singer, known for a variety of stage, screen, and television roles as well as a writer, lingerie inventor, and real estate mogul. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Katrin Sveg in the 1958 Broadway production of The Marriage-Go-Round, and reprised the role in the 1961 film version. In the 1960s, she starred for two seasons as Catwoman in the television series Batman (1966–1967). Her other stage credits include the Ziegfeld Follies in 1956, and playing Lola in Damn Yankees! (1961) and Irma in Irma la Douce (1965) in regional productions.
Robert Osbourne Denver was an American comedic actor, widely known for portraying Gilligan on the 1964-1967 television series Gilligan's Island and beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the 1959–1963 series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
James Gilmore Backus was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles were the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis' character's husband on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause, and Thurston Howell III, on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot Off the Wire.
Natalie Schafer was an American actress of film, stage and television, known for her role as Lovey Howell on the sitcom Gilligan's Island (1964–1967).
Alan Hale Jr. was an American actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of major movie character actor Alan Hale Sr. Hale Jr.'s television career, which spanned four decades, was most noted for his co-starring role on the 1960s series Gilligan's Island. He also appeared on several talk and variety shows.
Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress and writer. After making her stage debut as Rita in a Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss in 1990, Parker came to prominence for film roles in Grand Canyon (1991), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Client (1994), Bullets over Broadway (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), and The Maker (1997). Among stage and independent film appearances thereafter, Parker received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Catherine Llewellyn in David Auburn's Proof in 2001, among other accolades. Between 2001 and 2006, she recurred as Amy Gardner on the NBC television series The West Wing, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2002. She received both the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Harper Pitt on the acclaimed HBO television miniseries Angels in America in 2003.
Megan Mullally is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which she received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning twice in 2000 and 2006. She also received nominations for numerous other accolades for her portrayal, including seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, winning three times in 2001, 2002, and 2003, as well as receiving four Golden Globe Award nominations.
Dawn Elberta Wells is a beauty queen and an American actress who became known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island. She and Tina Louise are the last surviving regular cast members from that series.
Kristina Louise Yothers is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties, as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course, and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.
Herbert Edelman was an American actor of stage, film and television. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his television work. One of his best-known roles was as Stanley Zbornak, the ex-husband of Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls. He also had a recurring role on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere.
Rescue from Gilligan's Island is a 1978 made-for-television comedy film that continues the adventures of the shipwrecked castaways from the 1964–67 sitcom Gilligan's Island, starring Bob Denver and Alan Hale, Jr., and featuring all the original cast except Tina Louise. The film first aired on NBC as a two-part special on October 14 and October 21, 1978. The film has the characters finally being rescued after 15 years on the island. The film was directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
Judith Lee Baldwin is an American film and television actress who replaced Tina Louise in the role of Ginger Grant in Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978) and The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979). A life member of the Actors Studio, Baldwin amassed 46 screen credits between 1969 and her leading role in 2005's Every Secret Thing.
Fade Out – Fade In is a musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The story involves the movie industry in the 1930s. It starred Carol Burnett, returning to the Broadway stage for the first time in four years.
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three-Hour Tour in History is a 2001 American made-for-television docudrama film based on the 1964–1967 television sitcom Gilligan's Island.
The first season of the American comedy television series Gilligan's Island commenced airing in the United States on September 26, 1964 and concluded on June 12, 1965 on CBS. The season introduces the audience to the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive and escape from an island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their failed attempts—invariably Gilligan's fault—to escape their plight. The season originally aired on Saturdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST).
The second season of the American comedy television series Gilligan's Island commenced airing in the United States on September 16, 1965 and concluded on April 28, 1966 on CBS. The second season continues the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempt to survive and escape from an island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their failed attempts—invariably Gilligan's fault—to escape their plight. The second season, unlike the first season, was filmed in color. The season originally aired on Thursdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST).
The third and final season of the American comedy television series Gilligan's Island commenced airing in the United States on September 12, 1966 and concluded on April 17, 1967 on CBS. The third season continues the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive and escape from an island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their failed attempts—invariably Gilligan's fault—to escape their plight. The season originally aired on Mondays at 7:30-8:00 pm (EST).
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