There is a familiarity that Hollywood projects to fans and followers of the industry that makes it easy to forget that it has existed for over 100 years. It is an industry as old as some of the most important inventions in our lives. As such, it has produced its own fair share of veterans, who lived through the dark ages of black and white films. Those who in their heyday were the stars of their time but whose names mean little to modern viewers. In a way, it is a sad side effect of the moving train that is Hollywood. Tina Louise is a Hollywood veteran. Though she is now an octogenarian, she is still as beautiful and charming as the days she played Ginger Grant on television for CBS.
Who Is Tina Louise?
Tina first appeared on television screens at the age of two. She did in a commercial for father’s candy store. But though she had caught the acting bug from such a young age and subsequently appeared in a few roles as a child actress, she ultimately decided to pause her acting career to focus on her education.
Although she was born Tina Blacker to her parents Sylvia Horn and Joseph Blacker on February 11, 1934, she came to be known as Tina Louise after her high school teacher gave her the name Louise as a middle name.
She returned to her pursuit of an acting career at the age of 17, by studying under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, but she still attended Miami University in Ohio as a fulfillment of her belief in the importance of formal education.
Early on into her career as an actress, as a young beautiful rising star, she was offered a slew of modeling jobs. She lent her beautiful face and body to the promotion of several products and services, including appearances in Playboy magazines. When her acting started to take prominence in her career direction, she was offered a starring role in the musical, Two’s Company by Bette Davis. As a talented singer, Tina took on the role as well as other roles that were offered to her in Broadway stage productions. Before her film debut, she also appeared in television dramas like Producers’ Showcase and Appointment with Adventure. A year before her film debut in 1958, she released her first album, It’s Time for Tina.
Her first Hollywood film was a long time coming for the actress who first graced TV screens at the age of 2. She debuted in God’s Little Acre. Soon after her debut, she became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. As a smart woman, she took advantage of her popularity and starred in choice projects, including an Italian film, Garibaldi directed by Roberto Rossellini. Tina Louise joined the Actors Studio in 1960.
Tina Louise enjoyed a period of popularity the 60s that were further solidified by her role as Ginger Grant in the popular situation comedy, Gilligan Island.
One of the many risks of being an actor is a successful appearance in a long-running show is most likely to condemn your career to a lifetime of playing the role forever, in a phenomenon referred to as getting typecast. It was a fate that befell Tina Louise for her role as Ginger Grant. Over the course of the rest of her career, despite attempts at shedding her image as Ginger Grant and appearing in tougher roles, she never managed to shake off the character from her professional outlook. She continued to play the role in different various iterations, both in film and TV.
What Is Her Net Worth?
Tina Louise has a net worth of $6 million. The octogenarian career has featured appearances in several movies and TV shows. She’s also a published author and her current worth is believed to be royalties from her published works and accumulated wealth from active acting days.
5 Facts To Know About Tina Louise
Tina is an author and child literacy advocate
Tina Louise took a break early on in her career to focus on her education on a belief that education is very important in a person’s life. It is a belief that followed her into adulthood. She is a vocal supporter of child literacy and has donated proceeds from her book When I Grow Up to charities and organizations fighting for child literacy. She has written three books.
She is a registered Democrat
In what is perhaps not a surprise as an actress who spent a lot of years in California, Tina Louise is a registered Democrat and she actively campaigned for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential Election.
Tina Louise is a film veteran
Tina has appeared in over 40 movies and starred in over 35 Television shows. She has a total of 5 stage appearances. She’s a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The actress has a daughter
Tina was married to Les Crane, a radio and TV interviewer. The marriage lasted from 1966 to 1971 and it produced a daughter, Caprice Crane.
She is a New Yorker
Though her career took her to California where she spent some years, Tina is a New Yorker through and through. She was born and raised in New Yorker and after years as an actress, she returned to her beloved city where she currently lives.