Tina Louise

Tina Louise

Highest Rated: 100% Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

Birthday: Feb 11, 1934

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Tina Louise was an American actress who carved out a nearly six-decade long career for herself in film in television, though to her chagrin, she was mainly remembered for playing a glamorous movie star stranded on a desert island in one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. Born Tina Blacker on February 11, 1934 in New York City to a candy store owner father and a fashion model mother, Louise began her screen career very early, appearing in an ad for her father's candy store at the age of 2. Her parents divorced when she was 4, and she was raised mostly by her mother. Louise earned her nom de fame when she complained to her high school drama teacher that she was the only girl in class who didn't have a middle name. He chose "Louise" and the name stuck. After attending Miami University in Ohio, Louise returned to New York, where she studied acting under the instruction of Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She soon began booking work as a model, often as a pinup girl. Louise made her film debut at age 24, with the drama "God's Little Acre" (1958). She was soon appearing in all sorts of pictures, ranging from film noir ("The Trap" [1959]), to westerns ("The Hangman" [1959] and "Day of the Outlaw" [1959]) to beach party comedies ("For Those Who Think Young" [1964]). However, Louise would book the role that came to define her when she was cast as Ginger Grant on "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67). The tale of a disparate bunch of castaways attempting to survive on an abandoned desert island, with comedic results, Ginger, the movie star, was originally written as a sharp-tongued diva, but Louise instead played her as a sexed up bombshell, a la Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield. Though the show was beloved by fans, Louise's tenure on the show was not a happy one. She fought often with producers, especially creator Sherwood Schwartz, over screen time (she originally thought Ginger was supposed to be the main character) and creative freedom. Louise was the only cast member who refused to return for any of the post-series TV movies, and often claimed that the show ruined her career, as she was no longer seen as a serious actress. Despite this, Louise continued to work after "Gilligan" ended, co-starring with Dean Martin in the swinging action flick "The Wrecking Crew" (1968), taking a supporting role in the seminal sci-fi thriller "The Stepford Wives" (1975), and appearing in Robert Altman's teen comedy "O.C. and Stiggs" (1987), among other projects. After co-starring with Brad Pitt in the satire "Johnny Suede" (1992), Louise took a few steps back from acting, focusing instead on writing her memoirs and advocating for child literacy.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tapestry Rose (Character) - 2017
62% 44% Late Phases Clarissa (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Down in Brooklyn Mrs. Pip (Character) - 2000
33% 47% Johnny Suede Mrs. Fontaine (Character) $8.5K 1991
No Score Yet 51% O.C. and Stiggs Florence Beaugereaux (Character) $6.3K 1987
No Score Yet 4% Evils of the Night Cora (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 47% Dog Day Noémie Blue (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Riders Unknown (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 90% Peter-No-Tail Unknown (Voice) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day the Women Got Even Mary Jo Alfieri (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friendships, Secrets and Lies Joan Holmes (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Donna Lacey (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 8% SST: Death Flight Mae (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 64% Nightmare in Badham County Greer (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 14% Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Marjean Dorn (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 80% Death Scream Hilda Murray (Character) - 1975
67% 65% The Stepford Wives Charmaine Wimperis (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call to Danger April Tierney (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet But I Don't Want to Get Married! Miss Spencer (Character) - 1970
20% 29% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Carmel (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 38% How to Commit Marriage Laverne Baker (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 45% The Wrecking Crew Lola Medina (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Seventh Floor Immer Mehr (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 17% For Those Who Think Young Topaz McQueen (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Viva L'Italia Unknown (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 20% Armored Command Alexandra Bastegar (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garibaldi French Journalist (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Siege of Syracuse Diana/Artemide/Lucrezia (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warrior Empress Sappho (Character) - 1960
100% 71% Day of the Outlaw Helen Crane (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Linda Anderson (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 29% The Hangman Selah Jennison (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 43% God's Little Acre Griselda Walden (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Well With Carmel Guest 2016
76% 68% Roseanne Roseanne (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Miss Beck (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 98% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Nell Dexter (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Movin' On Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Anita (Character) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Linda Cole (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
90% 73% Gilligan's Island Ginger Grant (Character) 1964-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Checkmate Jo Ann Dunn (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957

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