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Also Known As: Tina Blacker Died:
Born: February 11, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, nightclub singer

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A sultry figure in film and on television and stage since the early 1950s, Tina Louise was, for most viewers, the one and only Ginger Grant, the movie star castaway on the enduring TV series "Gilligan's Island" (ABC, 1966-69). The breathy, vampish Ginger was an object of erotic fascination for most of the men on the tiny island, as well as at homes across the country, but Louise was used to such attention, having earned wolf whistles since her teenage years as a magazine model and chorus dancer. Hot-blooded turns in Broadway productions of "Li'l Abner" and "God's Little Acre" (1958) preceded her turn as Ginger that, according to Louise, capsized her career, stereotyping her as the titian-haired, Marilyn Monroe-esque bombshell. In response to this pigeonholing, she distanced herself from any cast reunions while maintaining a low but active profile on television. Despite her protestations, Ginger remained Louise's defining role, an icon of sanitized sexuality for over four decades.

A sultry figure in film and on television and stage since the early 1950s, Tina Louise was, for most viewers, the one and only Ginger Grant, the movie star castaway on the enduring TV series "Gilligan's Island" (ABC, 1966-69). The breathy, vampish Ginger was an object of erotic fascination for most of the men on the tiny island, as well as at homes across the country, but Louise was used to such attention, having earned wolf whistles since her teenage years as a magazine model and chorus dancer. Hot-blooded turns in Broadway productions of "Li'l Abner" and "God's Little Acre" (1958) preceded her turn as Ginger that, according to Louise, capsized her career, stereotyping her as the titian-haired, Marilyn Monroe-esque bombshell. In response to this pigeonholing, she distanced herself from any cast reunions while maintaining a low but active profile on television. Despite her protestations, Ginger remained Louise's defining role, an icon of sanitized sexuality for over four decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Welcome to Woop Woop (1998) Bella
2.
 Johnny Suede (1991) Mrs Fontaine
3.
 Dixie Lanes (1987) Violet
4.
 O.C. And Stiggs (1987) Florence Beaugereaux
5.
 Hell Riders (1985) Claire Delaney
6.
 Canicule (1984) Noemie Blue
7.
 Advice to the Lovelorn (1981) Diane Marsh
8.
 Day the Women Got Even, The (1980) Martha Jo Alfieri
9.
 Friendships, Secrets, and Lies (1979) Joan Holmes
10.
 Mean Dog Blues (1978) Donna Lacey
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Appeared on the cover of several pinup magazines such as <i>Adam</i> and <i>Modern Man</i>
1952:
Made her debut in the Bette Davis musical revue "Two's Company"
1954:
Principal Broadway debut in "The Fifth Season"
1957:
Co-starred with Julie Newmar in the Broadway musical "Li'l Abner"
1957:
Released her debut album, <i>It's Time for Tina</i>
1958:
Made motion picture debut in "God's Little Acre"
1958:
Posed twice for <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1960:
Appeared in the Italian film "Garibaldi," directed Roberto Rossellini
1964:
Appeared in the Beach party film "For Those Who Think Young"
1964:
Starred as 'movie star' Ginger Grant on the sitcom "Gilligan's Island"
1969:
Cast in the Matt Helm spy spoof "The Wrecking Crew," with Dean Martin
1975:
Played a doomed suburban housewife in "The Stepford Wives"
1976:
Portrayed an evil Southern prison guard in the ABC TV Movie "Nightmare in Badham County"
1978:
Had a recurring role on CBS' primetime drama "Dallas," as J.R.'s secretary, Julie Gray
1985:
Played Taylor Chapin on the syndicated soap opera "Rituals"
1987:
Co-starred in the Robert Altman comedy "O.C. and Stiggs"
1992:
Had a small role in the satire "Johnny Suede"
1995:
Reunited with costars Bob Denver, Dawn Wells, and Russell Johnson in an episode of "Roseanne" (ABC)
2000:
Had a small role in the film "Little Pieces"
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Education

Miami University: Miami , Florida -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

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husband:
Les Crane. Broadcast personality. Married in 1966; divorced in 1970.

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