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February 11, 2022

30 Vintage Portraits of a Young and Beautiful Tina Louise in the 1950s and 1960s

Tina Louise (February 11, 1934) is an American actress best known for playing movie star Ginger Grant in the CBS television situation comedy Gilligan’s Island. She began her career on stage during the mid-1950s before landing her breakthrough role in 1958 drama film God’s Little Acre for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

Louise had starring roles in The Trap, The Hangman, Day of the Outlaw, and For Those Who Think Young. She also appeared in The Wrecking Crew, The Happy Ending, and The Stepford Wives (1975). Upon the death of Dawn Wells in December 2020, Louise became the last surviving original cast member of the Gilligan’s Island TV series.

Following the news of Dawn Wells’ passing, Tina Louise denied any longtime rumors that she resented the role of Ginger Grant, “Never true – I loved doing my part, especially after they really started writing for my character, originally billed as a ‘Marilyn Monroe’ type of character. A different director took over and really started to write for my character. I really loved my character.”

She also said that she was very grateful to the show’s fans for their continued support especially during the COVID-19 pandemic: “We were part of the wonderful show that everyone loves and has been a great source of comfort, especially during these times. We brought a lot of joy to people and still do. This show is an escape from so many things going on. Fathers share it with their children now. I get letters all the time about that.”


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