Tina Louise

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 One.

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 Island.

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 guest appearance.