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Tina Louise    

Actress, Literacy & Academic Advocate, Best Known for her Role as Ginger Grant on 1960s TV Show "Gilligan's Island"

Tina Louise made her Hollywood film debut in 1958 in God's Little Acre. That same year, the National Art Council named her the "World's Most Beautiful Redhead," and the following year she won a Golden Globe.

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? She appeared in such early live television dramas as Studio One with John Cassavetes, Producers' Showcase, and Appointment with Adventure. In 1957, she appeared on Broadway in the hit musical Li'l Abner. Her album, It's Time for Tina, was released that year, with songs such as "Embraceable You" and "I'm in the Mood for Love".

Louise then became an in-demand leading lady for major stars like Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark and Robert Ryan, often playing somber roles quite unlike the glamorous pinup photographs she had become famous for in the late 1950s. She turned down roles in Li'l Abner and Operation Petticoat taking roles on Broadway and in Italian cinema and Hollywood.

Among her more notable Italian film credits was the historical epic Garibaldi (1960), directed by Roberto Rossellini, that concerned Garibaldi's efforts to unify the Italian states in 1860.

When Louise returned to the United States, she began studying with Lee Strasberg and eventually became a member of the Actors Studio. She appeared in a 1962 episode of The Real McCoys, the Walter Brennan sitcom, and in the 1964 beach party film For Those Who Think Young, with Bob Denver, prior to the development of Gilligan's Island.

In 1964, she left the Broadway musical Fade Out – Fade In to portray movie star Ginger Grant on the situation comedy Gilligan's Island. A role that make Louise a pop icon of the era, and in 2005 an episode of TV Land Top Ten ranked her as second only to Heather Locklear as the greatest of television's all-time sex symbols.

After the series ended in 1967, Louise continued to work in film and made numerous guest appearances in various television series. She appeared in the Richard Brooks film "The Happy Ending" in 1969 and, that same year, the Matt Helm spy spoof The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin. Louise played a doomed suburban housewife in the original The Stepford Wives (1975), and both the film and her performance were well received.

Louise was also a series regular in the first season of Dallas portraying the character Julie Gray.

She's continued to do sporadic film and television throughout her life and in 2014 filmed two feature films: Tapestry and Late Phases.

As a literacy and academic advocate, Louise is a volunteer teacher at Learning Leaders,a non-profit organization dedicated to providing tutoring to New York City school children. Over the past 15 years, she has helped countless young students gain literary skills, confidence and determination.

Louise also published two children's books, When I Grow Up, and What Does a Bee Do. And a memoir of her younger years up to the age of 8 called Sunday.

Louise is also an accomplished artist, with 7 collages shows at the Patterson Museum and most recently showed her paintings, drawings and collages at Gallery 52 NYC in May 2015.

Louise now resides in New York City. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

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