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      Tina Louise

      Tina Louise

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

      Lowest Rated: 17% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Day of the Outlaw poster
      Day of the Outlaw
      The Stepford Wives poster The Stepford Wives Late Phases poster
      Late Phases
      Johnny Suede poster
      Johnny Suede
      The Good Guys and the Bad Guys poster
      The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

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      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
      27% 47% Johnny Suede Mrs. Fontaine (Character) $8.5K 1991
      No Score Yet 50% O.C. and Stiggs Florence Beaugereaux (Character) $6.3K 1987
      No Score Yet 4% Evils of the Night Cora (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 45% Dog Day Noémie Blue (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Riders Unknown (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 88% 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 13% Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Marjean Dorn (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 83% Death Scream Hilda Murray (Character) - 1975
      68% 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
      17% 30% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Carmel (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 36% 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 21% 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
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Linda Anderson (Character) - 1959
      100% 72% Day of the Outlaw Helen Crane (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 38% The Hangman Selah Jennison (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 42% God's Little Acre Griselda Walden (Character) - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      76% 73% Roseanne Roseanne (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 99% Married ... With Children Miss Beck (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 89% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet 100% 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 100% 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 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      90% 65% 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