Born Tina Blacker in New York City on February 11, 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 famous 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.

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LEFT: Promotional photo from Tina Louise's 1957 appearance on Climax!. RIGHT: Early 1960s photos

Cast as Griselda in the United Artists' release God's Little Acre (1958; with Fay Spain, Aldo Ray, and Lance Fuller), in 1959 Louise won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer. She followed up with roles in the Paramount film noir thriller The Trap (1959; with Richard Widmark and Lee J. Cobb) and Paramount's western The Hangman (1959; with Robert Taylor and Jack Lord). In 1960, like many other actors, she went to Italy to star in several films, including The Warrior Empress (1960; with Kerwin Mathews). After her return, Louise continued her association with the Actors Studio and, as a lifetime member, is a method acting devotee. Meanwhile, she kept her career going with guest-starring roles on popular television series, such as Route 66 and Checkmate, and was cast in Allied Artist's Armored Command (1961; with Howard Keel) and For Those Who Think Young (1964; with James Darren and Pamela Tiffin). While starring on Broadway in the play Fade Out, Fade In with Carol Burnett, Louisen accepted the role of sexy actress Ginger Grant in the CBS television comedy Gilligan's Island (1964-1967; with Russell Johnson).

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God's Little Acre (1958)

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LEFT: Tina Louise portrays Griselda in the United Artists potboiler God's Little Acre. CENTER: With Aldo Ray. RIGHT: With Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, and Robert Ryan

The Trap (1959)

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From Paramount's film noir release The Trap. LEFT: With Earl Holliman. RIGHT: With Richard Widmark

The Hangman (1959)

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From the Paramount western The Hangman, directed by Michael Curtiz

The Warrior Empress (1960)

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From the Italian-made adventure The Warrior Empress, distributed by Columbia. LEFT: With Kerwin Mathews. RIGHT: Louise as Sappho

Siege of Syracuse (1960)

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From the historical drama Siege of Syracuse with Rossano Brazzi

Armored Command (1961)

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Promotional shots from the Allied Artists World War II film Armored Command. The far right shots include Earl Holliman

For Those Who Think Young (1964)

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LEFT: From the United Artists comedy For Those Who Think Young. RIGHT: With Paul Lynde

Fanfare for a Death Scene (1964)

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With Viveca Lindfors in the NBC made-for-TV drama Fanfare for a Death Scene. This film was released theatrically in Europe

Gilligan's Island (1964-1967 CBS TV series)

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LEFT: With Gilligan's Island castmate Bob Denver. RIGHT: Cast photo from the series, featuring Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Alan Hale Jr., Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, and Bob Denver

It Takes a Thief (1968-1970 ABC TV Series)

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From the ABC TV series It Takes a Thief in a 1968 episode titled Totally by Design with series star Robert Wagner

The Wrecking Crew (1969)

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From the Columbia release The Wrecking Crew, the final film in the Matt Helm series

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

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As Carmel in the Warner Bros. western comedy The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

The Stepford Wives (1975)

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With Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss in Columbia's sci-fi mystery The Stepford Wives

The Day the Women Got Even (1980)

Barbara Rhoades, Jo Ann Pflug, Tina Louise, Georgia Engel, and Julie Hagerty

From NBC's made-for-TV comedy film The Day the Women Got Even with Barbara Rhoades, Jo Ann Pflug, Georgia Engel, and Julie Hagerty

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During her stint on Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise married talk-show host Les Crane in 1966. Their daughter, Caprice, was born in November 1970, just a month before their divorce was finalized. During the 1970s and 1980s, Louise made several films and appeared on numerous TV series, including a recurring role on the CBS nighttime drama Dallas during its first season. Into the 1990s, she cooled her acting career. Residing in New York City for years, as of late she has acted in such films as Tapestry (2017; with Stephen Baldwin and Burt Young) and Late Phases (2014; with Karen Lynn Gorney and Rutanya Alda).

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Tapestry (2016) with Stephen Baldwin and Burt Young
Late Phases: Night Of The Lone Wolf (2014) with Ethan Embry, Rutanya Alda, Karen Lynn Gorney, and Tom Noonan
Growing Down in Brooklyn (2000)
Little Pieces (2000) with Jon Seda
Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) with Johnathon Schaech and Rod Taylor
West From North Go South (1993) with Phyllis Diller and Larry Linville
Johnny Suede (1991) with Brad Pitt
Dixie Lanes (1988) with Hoyt Axton, Karen Black, Nina Foch, John Vernon, and Ruth Buzzi
The Pool (1987)
Evils of the Night (1985) with Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, and Julie Newmar
O.C. and Stiggs (1985) with Jane Curtin, Paul Dooley, Jon Cryer, Ray Walston, Martin Mull, and Dennis Hopper
Hellriders (1984) with Adam West
Dog Day (1983) with Lee Marvin
Advice to the Lovelorn (1981) with Cloris Leachman, Melissa Sue Anderson, Desi Arnaz Jr., Lance Kerwin, Donna Pescow, Rick Lenz, Dennis Patrick, and Paul Burke
The Day the Women Got Even (1980) with Jo Ann Pflug, Barbara Rhoades, Georgia Engel, and Julie Hagerty
Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979) with Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Paula Prentiss, and Stella Stevens
Mean Dog Blues (1978) with Gregg Henry, Kay Lenz, Scatman Crothers, Gregory Sierra, William Windom, and George Kennedy
SST: Death Flight (1977) with Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Doug McClure, George Maharis, and Martin Milner; once featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Nightmare in Badham County (1976) with Chuck Connors, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy, Deborah Raffin, Lynne Moody, and Lana Wood
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) with Patty Duke, Ray Milland, and George Maharis
Death Scream (1975) with Lucie Arnaz, Edward Asner, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Kate Jackson, Cloris Leachman, Eric Braeden and Raul Julia
The Stepford Wives (1975) with Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss
Call to Danger (1973) with Peter Graves, Clu Gulager, and Diana Muldaur
But I Don't Want to Get Married! (1970) with Shirley Jones, Nanette Fabray, Sue Lyon, and June Lockhart
The Happy Ending (1969) with Jean Simmons, Nanette Fabray, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, and John Forsythe
How to Commit Marriage (1969) with Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Jane Wyman, Leslie Nielsen, and Tim Matheson
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) with Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine, and Marie Windsor
The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, and Nigel Green
The Seventh Floor (1967) with Ugo Tognazzi
Fanfare for a Death Scene (1964) with Richard Egan, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Asner, Burgess Meredith, and Telly Savalas
For Those Who Think Young (1964) with Pamela Tiffin, James Darren, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Denver, and Ellen Burstyn
Armored Command (1961) with Howard Keel, Earl Holliman, and Burt Reynolds
Siege of Syracuse (1960) with Rossano Brazzi and Sylva Koscina
The Warrior Empress (1960) with Kerwin Mathews and Elke Sommer
Viva l'Italia! (1960)
Day of the Outlaw (1959) with Robert Ryan and Lance Fuller
The Trap (1959) with Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, and Earl Holliman
The Hangman (1959) with Robert Taylor and Fess Parker
God's Little Acre (1958) with Robert Ryan, Fay Spain, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, Michael Landon, and Lance Fuller

All My Children, 1970-present ABC TV Series. Louise portrayed Tish Pridmore during the 1994 season
Rituals, 1984-1985 TV Series. Louise portrayed Taylor Von Platen
Dallas, 1978-1991 CBS TV Series. Louise portrayed Julie Grey during the 1978-1979 season
Gilligan's Island, 1964-1967 CBS TV Series. Louise portrayed Ginger Grant
Jan Murray Time, 1955 TV Series. Louise served as a singer

L.A. Heat, episode In Harm's Way, originally aired May 10, 1999
Roseanne, episode Sherwood Schwartz--A Loving Tribute, originally aired May 24, 1995
Married with Children, episode Kelly Bounces Back, originally aired October 28, 1990
The Love Boat, episode Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?, originally aired February 27, 1987
Simon & Simon, episode Act Five, originally aired April 3, 1986
Blacke's Magic, episode Death Goes to the Movies, originally aired January 29, 1986
Knight Rider, episode The Topaz Connection, originally aired January 28, 1983
Matt Houston, episode The Kidnapping, originally aired November 28, 1982
CHiPs, episode The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired December 7, 1980
Fantasy Island, episode Unholy Wedlock/Elizabeth, originally aired January 2, 1980
CHiPs, episode Roller Disco: Part 2, originally aired September 22, 1979
The Love Boat, episode Second Time Around/The Now Marriage/My Sister, Irene, originally aired January 13, 1979
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode All Passions Spent, originally aired March 2, 1976
Cannon, episode The Wedding March, originally aired November 19, 1975
Movin' On, episode The Cowhands, originally aired October 24, 1974
Police Story, episode Requiem for C.Z. Smith, originally aired September 17, 1974
Kojak, episode Die Before They Wake, originally aired February 6, 1974
Kung Fu, episode A Dream Within a Dream, originally aired January 17, 1974
Police Story, episode Death on Credit, originally aired November 27, 1973
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Golden Memory/Love and the Heavy Set/Love and the Novel/Love and the See-Through Mind/Love and the Seven Year Wait, originally aired September 28, 1973
Mannix, episode The Faces of Murder, originally aired February 4, 1973
The New Dick Van Dyke Show, episode Running Bear and Moskowitz, originally aired February 26, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Lady Athlete/Love and the Lady Killers/Love and the New Size 8/Love and the Single Sister, originally aired January 7, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Duel/Love and the Note/Love and the Young Unmarrieds, originally aired March 5, 1971
Ironside, episode Beware the Wiles of the Stranger, originally aired January 22, 1970
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Advice Givers/Love and the Geisha/Love and Take Me Along, originally aired November 10, 1969
It Takes a Thief, episode Totally by Design, originally aired February 20, 1968
Bonanza, episode Desperate Passage, originally aired November 5, 1967
Mr. Broadway, episode Smelling Like a Rose, originally aired November 28, 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode The Deep End, originally aired January 2, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Billy Jo?, originally aired November 8, 1963
The Doctors, episode The March for Three Lovers, originally aired August 31, 1963
Route 66, episode I'm Here to Kill a King, originally aired January 1, 1963
The Real McCoys, episode Grandpa Pygmalion, originally aired September 30, 1962
Checkmate, episode A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Game, originally aired January 3, 1962
The New Breed, episode I Remember Murder, originally aired December 26, 1961
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode New Orleans Trackdown, originally aired December 23, 1961
Climax!, episode A Matter of Life and Death, originally aired November 21, 1957
The Phil Silvers Show, episode Bilko Goes South, originally aired March 26, 1957
Producers' Showcase, episode Happy Birthday, originally aired June 25, 1956
Appointment with Adventure, episode All Through the Night, originally aired February 5, 1956
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Johnny August, originally aired January 16, 1956

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