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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:||Cast ... actor model nightclub singer|
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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