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Gina Gershon

Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania (1981), Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading light of a Las Vegas leg-line in director Paul Verhoeven's kitsch classic Showgirls (1995). Exploding out of a plaster-of-Paris volcano clad in nothing but body makeup and a G-string, Gina Gershon obtained cinema immortality. After Showgirls (1995), she solidified her reputation, playing a lesbian sexpot in the Wachovski Bros' neo-noir Bound (1996).Gina Gershon was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, the last in a brood of three kids. Her mother, Mickey (Koppel), worked as an interior decorator, and her father, Stanley Gershon, was a salesman and worked in the import/export business. Her paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families, and her maternal grandparents were born in Holland and Belgium, both of them to Jewish families from Poland. Gina was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and got the acting bug early, appearing at the age of seven in a school production of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Because of her acting ambitions, her parents moved to Beverly Hills so Gina could attend Beverly Hills High, where she indulged her acting jones by appearing in a student production of The Music Man (1962). Her first love, she says, is singing.After graduating from high school in 1980, she attended Emerson College in Boston, but took a part in the musical "Runaways". She transferred to New York University, where her official biography says she studied philosophy and psychology, but she graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts, taking a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama in 1983. In New York City, while perfecting her craft, she co-founded the theater company Naked Angels with Helen Slater.Her big-screen breakthrough came with a part in the 1986 "Brat Pack" teenage hit Pretty in Pink (1986). She also had parts in the Tom Cruise vehicle Cocktail (1988) and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Red Heat (1988). Of this period, she says, "One of my first gigs, a movie called Cocktail (1988), I found myself at 8 in the morning, in bed, practically naked, having to make out with Tom Cruise; hmmmm... movie business - so far, so good".Citing Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" as an inspiration, she says that following Cocktail (1988), "I was fortunate enough to play many diversified roles in film, television and stage. Not always to the liking of my managers and agents, but I always did what I wanted...." She played Nancy Sinatra, Frank's first wife, in the TV miniseries Sinatra (1992).Gina Gershon became a celebrity in Showgirls (1995). The following year, Gershon solidified her claim on second-tier stardom playing the calculating lesbian "Corky" in the crime movie Bound (1995). She never did capitalize on her mid-1990s breakthrough, but Gershon is established as a character actress and is never out of work, unlike most of her female peers who started out in the industry at the same time. Though no classic beauty, the talented thespian remains gainfully employed while many actresses of her vintage are out of work as she is possessed of a unique look and smoldering sex appeal that comes across on camera.Gershon is versatile, too, as at home on stage as she is in front of the camera. After appearing in off-Broadway and regional theater productions, she made her Broadway debut as a replacement in Sam Mendes' revival of Cabaret (1972) in January 2001. For six months, she played the key role of "Sally Bowles", returning that October to reprise the role for another month. In 2008, she once again appeared on Broadway in the revival of the farce "Boeing Boeing" on Broadway, which won the Tony award for Best Revival.Gina Gershon also is a children's book writer. In 2008, Putmam Juvenile published her "Camp Creepy Time", a tale of a boy who discovers aliens at his summer camp, which she co-wrote with her brother, Dann Gershon. "Camp Creepy Time" recently was optioned by DreamWorks, which plans to turn it into a movie. In 2008, she also released "In Search Of Cleo", a CD featuring nine songs which she wrote or co-wrote.


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Born:
Jun 10, 1962 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
39
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015-04-05

1 win & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Elementary
Poster of Community
Poster of Glee
Poster of Family Guy
Filmography
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Ava Gardner 1 episode, 2015 2015-04-05
Red Oaks Fay Getty 15 episodes, 2015-2017 2014-08-28
Maron Unknown 2013-05-03
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Anger Management Unknown 2012-06-28
The Haunting Of Herself 2012-10-27
Elementary Unknown 2012-09-27
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Wilfred Unknown 2011-06-23
Glory Daze Unknown 2010
How to Make It in America Nancy Frankenburg 7 episodes, 2011 2010-02-14
Eastbound & Down Unknown 2009-02-15
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Community Unknown 2009-09-17
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Rescue Me Unknown 2004
Tripping the Rift Six 13 episodes, 2004 2004-03-04
The Batman Unknown 2004-09-11
Spider-Man Unknown 2003-07-11
The Job Unknown 2001-03-14
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown 2000-10-15
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Just Shoot Me! Unknown 1997
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
The Untouchables Unknown 1993-09-01
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Monsters Unknown 1988-10-22
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11