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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tina Louise born 11 February 1934

 
 
Tina Louise (born February 11, 1934) is the stage name of Tina Blacker, an American actor, singer and author. She is best known for her role as "movie star" Ginger Grant on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island.
 
Louise was born Tina Blacker in New York City. She was raised by her mother, Betty Horn, who at the time was a beautiful fashion model. Her father, Joseph Blacker, was an accountant. The name "Louise" was 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. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
 
At the age of 17, Louise began studying acting, singing and dancing. During her early acting years, she was offered modeling jobs and appeared on the cover of several pinup magazines such as Adam, Sir! and Modern Man. Her later pictorials for Playboy (May 1958, April 1959) were arranged by Columbia Pictures studio in an effort to further promote the young actress. 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 also appeared in such early live TV dramas as Studio One, Producers' Showcase, and Appointment with Adventure.
 
 

 
 
In 1957, she and Julie Newmar appeared on Broadway in the hit musical Li'l Abner. Her album It's Time for Tina was also released that year, 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" and "Let's Do It." Coleman Hawkins is featured on tenor sax.
 
Louise made her Hollywood film debut in 1958 in God's Little Acre. She 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 and Playboy pictorials she had become famous for in the late 1950s. Further roles followed, 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.
 
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 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 TV sitcom Gilligan's Island, on which she co-starred from 1964 to 1967, was among the most widely syndicated series in history. However, she was unhappy with the role and worried that it would typecast her. The role did 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 Gilligan's Island Louise continued to work in film and made numerous guest appearances in various television series.
She appeared in 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.
 
From 1966 to 1974, Louise was married to radio and TV announcer/interviewer Les Crane, with whom she has one daughter, Caprice Crane (born 1974), who became an MTV producer and a novelist.
 
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. As a literacy and academic advocate, she became a volunteer teacher at Learning Leaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing tutoring to New York City school children. It has been her passion to help young students gain not only literary skills, but also confidence, self-determination and proof of their own potential. She has written two books: Sunday: A Memoir (1997) and When I Grow Up (2007). (Info edited mainly from Wikipedia)

 The gorgeous, sultry star performing a number from her 1957 "Time for Tina" LP. With scenes as Ginger on "Gilligan's Island." Bonus track: "Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me" from the same LP.

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Time For Tina go here:

https://app.box.com/s/g1l0343argxace79ktui

A1 Tonight Is the Night2:57
A2 Hand Across the Table3:09
A3 Snuggled on Your Shoulder3:54
A4 Embraceable You3:51
A5 I'm in the Mood for Love3:44
A6 Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me2:58
B1 It's Been a Long, Long Time2:28
B2 Hold Me4:10
B3 I Wanna Be Loved3:51
B4 Let's Do It2:54
B5 How Long Has This Been Going On4:08
B6 Goodnight, My Love4:34