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Tina Louise

An American actress, singer and author.

She played the "movie star" Ginger Grant on the television situation comedy Gilligan's Island.

Tina Blacker was born in New York City. She was raised by her mother, Betty Horn, a fashion model. The name "Louise" was supposedly added during her senior year in high school when she mentioned to her drama teacher that she was the only girl in the class without a middle name. He immediately picked the name "Louise" and it stuck.

At the age of 17, Louise began studying acting, singing and dancing.

Her acting debut came in 1952 in the Bette Davis musical revue Two's Company, followed by roles in other Broadway productions, such as John Murray Anderson's Almanac, The Fifth Season, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?.

Her album It's Time for Tina was also released that year, with songs such as "Embraceable You" and "I'm in the Mood for Love."

In 1964, she left the Broadway musical Fade Out - Fade In to portray movie star Ginger Grant on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island, after the part was turned down by Jayne Mansfield.

Louise appeared as a semi-regular character in the prime-time soap opera Dallas, as J.R.'s secretary, Julie Gray, during the 1978-79 seasons.

Louise made four record albums, two for Concert Hall, and two for Urania Record (1958 and 1959 respectively).

By far the most sought-after of these is the 1957 album It's Time For Tina (Concert Hall 1521). With arrangements by Jim Timmens and Buddy Weed's Orchestra, 12 tracks include "Tonight Is The Night" and "I'm in the Mood for Love".

Coleman Hawkins is featured on tenor sax. A version of this album is planned by UK label Harkit Records.

Films include:

God's Little Acre (1958)
The Trap (1959)
The Hangman (1959)
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
The Warrior Empress (1960)
Siege of Syracuse (1960)
Viva L'Italia!/Garibaldi (1961)
Armored Command (1961)
For Those Who Think Young (1964)
Gilligan's Island (19641967)
The Seventh Floor (1967)
The Wrecking Crew (1969)
How to Commit Marriage (1969)
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
The Happy Ending (1969)
Love It or Leave It (1971) (documentary)
Film Portrait (1973) (documentary)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Mean Dog Blues (1978)
Dog Day (1984)
Hell Riders (1984)
Evils of the Night (1985)
The Pool (1987)
O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
Dixie Lanes (1988)
Johnny Suede (1991)
Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
Little Pieces (2000)
Growing Down in Brooklyn (2000)
West from North Goes South (2004)
The Seventh Floor (2009)

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