Born Tina Blacker in New York City in 1934, gorgeous Tina
Louise has worked as a model, singer, and actress during
her lengthy career. At 17, she made her acting debut in
summer stock, and then quickly moved to Broadway, taking
small roles. She was also once a featured singer at Ciro's,
the infamous Hollywood nightclub. As her aspirations became
more focused on acting, Louise enrolled in Lee Strasberg's
Actors Studio. Her big break came in a January 1956 appearance
on the hour-long dramatic anthology television series Studio
She also landed a spot on Jan Murray Time as a singer.
She followed this up with more guest appearances on Studio
One, Climax!, and Joe and Mabel, meanwhile still
taking roles on Broadway. With her success in the Broadway
production of Li'l Abner (cast as "Apassionata Von
Climax") beginning in 1956, Louise made her way to Hollywood.
Tina Louise was cast as Griselda in the United Artists'
release God's Little Acre (1958) along with Fay Spain,
Aldo Ray, and Lance Fuller.
In 1959, Louise won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer,
mostly as a result of her role as Griselda in God's Little
Acre. Her next role would come in The Hangman.
For a couple of years in the early 1960s, Tina Louise relocated
to Italy to star in several films. At the time, many Hollywood
actors were making foreign films to cash in on the craze
and to find better roles.
Tina Louise was starring on Broadway in the play Fade
Out, Fade In when she was offered the role of sexy actress
Ginger Grant in the CBS television comedy Gilligan's
During her stint on Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise
married talk-show host Les Crane in 1966; the union produced
a daughter, Caprice, but the couple divorced in 1970. During
the 1970s and 1980s, Louise made several films and appeared
on numerous TV series; she even had a recurring role on
the CBS nighttime drama Dallas during its first season.
Into the 1990s, she cooled her acting career somewhat, but
Tina Louise still, on occasion, makes a film or television