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Tina Louise was born Tina Blacker in New York City, the daughter of Sylvia (Horn) and Joseph Blacker, who owned a candy store. Tina was still in her teens when she burst upon the national scene by starring on Broadway in the critically acclaimed box-office success “Li’l Abner”, based on the famous comic strip character created by Al Capp. Stellar reviews caught the attention of Hollywood and Tina signed up for her first feature film, God’s Little Acre (1958), which was an entry in the Venice Film Festival. It was at this point in her career that she began studying with Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio in New York because she believed it was “time to develop and deepen my knowledge of the craft . . . Lee Strasberg,” says Tina, “had the most dynamic effect on me. He influenced my life as no other man ever has.”
Interesting Facts about Tina Louise
- She was not the first choice for Ginger Grant on Gilligan’s Island (1964), at the time when Kit Smythe had to be let go from the casting, CBS executives wanted the more, softer side of the character.
- She and fellow Gilligan’s Island (1964) cast member Dawn Wells have both been asked to appear together in numerous television ad campaigns over the years. However, the two actresses have never liked each other and have not spoken in years. They have turned down many of these offers. The most notable one was a commercial for Old Navy clothing stores, which would feature them as Mary Ann Summers and Ginger Grant, still stuck on the island.
- She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio.
- She included among the many women’s names listed in the song “52 Girls” on the self-titled debut album (1979) by the American New Wave group The B-52’s.
- On the Fox animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers (2011), the family’s two daughters are named, oldest to youngest, Tina and Louise.
- Her parents, Sylvia (Horn) and Joseph Blacker, were both from Jewish families from Eastern Europe.
- Despite liking her work, she was the only cast member of Gilligan’s Island (1964) that did not always get along with the crew.
- A song on the album “If You Don’t Already Have a Look” (2005) by the American garage rock group The Dirtbombs is named “Tina Louise” (#26 on Disc one).
- She is a lifelong Democrat.
- She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. She is also a volunteer reading teacher in the New York City school system.
- Her Broadway debut was in “Li’l Abner”, where she played Apassionata Von Climax. She shared her dressing room with another actress making her Broadway debut in the same play–Julie Newmar.
- Grew to resent her role on Gilligan’s Island (1964) and refused to appear on any of the reunion movies following the series’ cancellation (her character was played by Judith Baldwin). However, according to Sherwood Schwartz, she did offer to appear in the reunion movie Rescue from Gilligan’s Island (1978); however, the salary she demanded was considered too high.
Personal Quotes by Tina Louise
I don’t think any child could really be happy between five and eight away from their parents.- Tina Louise
All these things they’ve been saying are a pack of lies.- Tina Louise
I don’t think I was ravishing, but I think I was pretty.- Tina Louise
Mental communication without verbalization… all space is made up of waves and we are constantly sending and receiving messages from our brain.- Tina Louise