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Tina Louise is a $6 million net worth American actress, novelist, and singer. Tina Louise is most remembered for her appearance on “Gilligan’s Island” as the fiery redhead Ginger Grant.
Tina Louise, born Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker in New York, New York, began studying acting in her late teens. Louise’s mother was a well-known fashion model, and her father (Joseph Blacker) owned and ran a Brooklyn bakery. He would eventually work as an accountant. Tina apparently added the name “Louise” during her senior year of high school. She’d told one of her theatre professors that she didn’t have a middle name and that she was the only person she knew who didn’t.Louise was a name suggested to her by her theatre teacher. After graduating from high school, Louise attended Miami University in Ohio. After graduating from college, Louise established her own modelling business.
Career as a Model
Louise went on to have a very successful modelling career, appearing on the covers of Adam Sir!, Modern Man, and Playboy.
Career in Acting
Louise obtained her first job when she was two years old after seeing an advertising for her father’s sweets store. Louise began studying acting, singing, and dancing at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in Manhattan when she was 17 years old, under the great Sanford Meisner.
Louise made her acting debut in the Bette Davis vehicle/musical “Two’s Company” in 1952. She has appeared in various Broadway shows, including “John Murray Anderson’s Almanack”, “The Fifth Season”, and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” In 1957, she made her Broadway debut as “Li’l Abner” in the musical. Louise has also made several successful television appearances on series such as “Studio One” and “Appointment with Adventure.”
Louise went on to feature in “God’s Little Acre” on the big screen.
Louise was honoured by the National Art Council in 1958, an organisation that dubbed her the “World’s Most Beautiful Redhead” with distinction. The next year, Louise co-starred in “Day of the Outlaw” with Robert Ryan. Louise began her career as a supporting actress, working with Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark. Despite her gorgeous beauty, Louise frequently portrayed sombre roles.Louise made a point of declining reprise roles in film versions of “Li’l Abner” and “Operation Petticoat,” which lost her credits. During this time, she worked on both Broadway and in Italian films. “The Siege of Syracuse,” directed by Pietro Francisci, and “Garibaldi,” directed by Roberto Rossellini, are two Italian film credits. “Roberto Rossellini’s 1960 film “Garibaldi” portrays Garibaldi’s efforts to unite Italian countries during the 1860s.
Louise moved to the United States and began studying acting with another legendary teacher, Lee Strasberg. Louise joined the prestigious Actors Studio as an active and passionate member.Louise appeared as a farm girl from West Virginia in an episode named “Grandpa Pygmalion” on the comedy “The Real McCoys” in 1962. Louise again co-starred with Bob Denver in the beach party film “For Those Who Think Young” two years later.
In 1964, Louise would leave the Broadway musical “Fade Out – Fade In” to play a movie star named Ginger Grant in a fledgling sitcom called “Gilligan’s Island.” Jayne Mansfieldinfamously turned down the role before Louise was given it and subsequently accepted it.
Louise would feel uneasy and dissatisfied with the role over time, thinking that it had harmed her by stereotyping her. When “Gilligan’s Island” ended in 1967, Louise was unable to rehabilitate her career and begin substantial film work since those kind of roles were no longer accessible to her.
Louise would continue to appear in films and television shows as a guest star. However, Louise would continue to allege that playing Ginger in “Gilligan’s Island” had damaged her film career. As a result, Louise did not reprise her role as Ginger in any following “Gilligan’s Island” films, including “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island,” “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island,” and “The Louise would return to the big screen in 1969, in the Matt Helm espionage satire “The Wrecking Crew,” and again in 1975, in “The Stepford Wives,” co-starring Dean Martin.
Louise attempted several times to shed her comedic reputation by taking on darker cinema roles. In a 1974 episode of Kojak, for example, Louise played a heroin addict.She also appeared as a prison officer in the 1976 made-for-TV film “Nightmare in Badham County.” Other TV appearances include “Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby” in 1976, “SST: Death Flight debuted in 1977, followed by “Friendships, Secrets, and Lies” in 1979, and the serial opera “Dallas” in 1978 and 1979.
Tina Louise is still a New York City mainstay and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a lifelong member of the famous Actors Studio.