Gina Gershon Biography

Birthday: 1962-06-10
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: Since making her unaccredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania (1981) (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). Of French, Dutch and Russian-Jewish extraction, Gina Gershon was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, the last in a brood of three kids. Raised in the San Fernando Valley, she 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) (TV). 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 a CD featuring nine songs which she wrote or co-wrote, "In Search Of Cleo".

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
French & Saunders Valerie 1987 -
The Insiders Helen Caperelli 1999 Drama
Snoops Glenn Hall 1999 - 1999
Driven Cathy Heguy 2002 Action
Tripping the Rift Six 2004 Animation
Rocked with Gina Gershon 2004 Documentary
Category 7: The End of the World FEMA Director Judith Carr 2005 Action
The Business Corky 2006
How to Make It in America 2010 Comedy
Piha Rescue Sasha Hassler 2011
Touch 2013 Drama
The Insider Helen Caperelli 2016 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Pretty in Pink 1986 0, Biography
Red Heat Catherine 'Cat' Manzetti 1988 Action, Comedy, Crime
Cocktail 1988 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Suffering Bastards Sharnetta 1990 Comedy
Out for Justice Patti Madano 1991 0, Game Show, Comedy
Voodoo Dawn Tina 1991 Horror
Joey Breaker Jenny Chaser 1993 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Guinevere Billie 1994 0, 0
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back 1995 Action, Crime, Drama
Showgirls Cristal Connors 1995 Drama
Bound Corky 1996 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Touch Debra Lusanne 1997 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Face/Off Sasha Hassler 1997 Action, Crime, Thriller
Palmetto 1998 Comedy, Game Show, 0
Lulu on the Bridge Hannah 1998 Biography
One Tough Cop Joey O'Hara 1998 Action, Crime
I'm Losing You Lidia 1999 Drama
The Insider Helen Caperelli 1999 Drama, Thriller
Prague Duet Dr. Lauren Graham 2000 Drama, Romance
Black and White Nora 'Hugs' Hugosian 2001 Mystery, Thriller
Driven Cathy Heguy 2001 Action, Drama, Sport
Demonlover Elaine Si Gibril 2002 Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Picture Claire Lily Warden 2003 Thriller
Three Way 2004 0, Game Show
Prey for Rock & Roll 2004 Drama, Music
One Last Thing... Arlene 2005 0, Comedy
Category 7: The End of the World FEMA Director Judith Carr 2005 Action, Thriller
Man About Town 2006 0, 0
Kettle of Fish Ginger 2006 0
What Love Is 2007 Biography
Delirious 2007 0, 0
Out of Season Eileen Phillips 2007 Crime, Drama
Dreamland 2007 Drama
P.S. I Love You Sharon 2007 Drama, Romance
PS, I Love You Sharon 2007 Drama, Romance
Beer for My Horses 2008 0
Love Ranch 2010
Five Minarets in New York Maria 2010 Drama
Killer Joe Sharla Smith 2012 Crime, Thriller
Breathless Lorna 2012 Comedy, Thriller
Dealin' with Idiots Sophie 2013 Comedy
The Lookalike Lee Garner 2014 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Twisted Margot 2014 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Mall Donna 2014
The Scribbler Cleo 2014 Thriller
Me Gina Gershon 2014 Comedy
Staten Island Summer Ms Greeley 2015 Comedy
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy Senator Wilkes 2017 0