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Tina Louise Biography

Birth Name:
Tina Blacker
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, model, singer, author

Fast Facts

  • Launched career as model and nightclub singer while studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the Actors Studio, both in New York City
  • Made her Broadway debut in the 1952 Bette Davis musical revue Two's Company
  • Appeared on Broadway with Julie Newmar in 1957's hit musical Li'l Abner; released an album that same year, titled It's Time for Tina
  • Landed on the cover of Modern Man Magazine in July of 1957; appeared in Playboy magazine in 1957, '58 and '59
  • Studied with Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio
  • Landed the role of Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island while starring on Broadway in the play Fade Out, Fade In
  • Disassociated herself from Gilligan after it ended, opting out of participating in the Gilligan cartoon and various specials during the 1970s and '80s
  • Had a guest-starring role alongside her Gilligan's Island costars Dawn Wells, Bob Denver and Russell Johnston on a 1995 episode of Roseanne
  • Is a licensed helicopter pilot
  • Published a book about her experiences, Sunday: A Memoir, in 1997
  • Authored a children's book in 2007 titled When I Grow Up, with the objective of inspiring more kids to read and achieve their goals


  • 1959Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner