Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon

Birth Name:

Gina L. Gershon

Body Height:

1.68 m


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.

Producers Filmography:

Rocked with Gina Gershon (2004)
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)

Actors Filmography:

Kumejima (2019)
#Fashionvictim (2018)
Shotgun (2018)
American Dresser (2018)
Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs (2018)
The Little Mermaid (2018)
The Mimic (2018)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2018)
Red Oaks (2017)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2017)
9/11 (2017)
Lost in Oz (2017)
Inconceivable (2017)
Permission (2017)
Crashing (2017)
Lost Cat Corona (2017)
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017)
Empire (2016)
My Dead Boyfriend (2016)
A Message from Melania Trump (2016)
Z Nation (2015)
Staten Island Summer (2015)
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015)
Cocktails & Dreams (2015)
Glee (2015)
Elementary (2015)
Me (2014)
Sharklumbo (2014)
The Lookalike (2014)
Mall (2014)
Community (2014)
The Scribbler (2014)
Cleaners (2014)
Anger Management (2013)
House of Versace (2013)
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer (2013)
Dealin' with Idiots (2013)
Wilfred (2013)
Maron (2013)
Category 7: The End of the World (2012)
Breathless (2012)
LOL (2012)
How to Make It in America (2011)
Killer Joe (2011)
Sarah Palin Media Addict (2011)
Glory Daze (2010)
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010)
Five Minarets in New York (2010)
Love Ranch (2010)
Everything She Ever Wanted (2009)
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Rescue Me (2009)
Eastbound & Down (2009)
Numb3rs (2009)
Life on Mars (2009)
Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah Palin (2008)
Beer for My Horses (2008)
Just Business (2008)
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007)
Psych (2007)
Ugly Betty (2007)
What Love Is (2007)
The Batman (2007)
Delirious (2006)
Kettle of Fish (2006)
Man About Town (2006)
Dreamland (2006)
American Dad! (2005)
One Last Thing... (2005)
Family Guy (2005)
Crossing Jordan (2005)
The Studio (2005)
Out of Season (2004)
Kevin Hill (2004)
Three Way (2004)
Tripping the Rift (2004)
The Practice (2004)
Just Shoot Me! (2003)
Spider-Man (2003)
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)
Borderline (2002)
Demonlover (2002)
Slackers (2002)
Picture Claire (2001)
Driven (2001)
Saturday Night Live (2000)
Snoops (2000)
Black and White (1999)
The Insider (1999)
Guinevere (1999)
Prague Duet (1998)
Legalese (1998)
One Tough Cop (1998)
I'm Losing You (1998)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
The Larry Sanders Show (1998)
Palmetto (1998)
Face/Off (1997)
Ellen (1997)
Touch (1997)
This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)
Bound (1996)
Showgirls (1995)
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995)
Black and White (1994)
Flinch (1994)
The Untouchables (1994)
Melrose Place (1993)
Love Matters (1993)
Joey Breaker (1993)
Miss Rose White (1992)
The Player (1992)
Sinatra (1992)
City of Hope (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Out for Justice (1991)
Voodoo Dawn (1990)
Cop Rock (1990)
Suffering Bastards (1989)
Monsters (1989)
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1989)
Cocktail (1988)
Red Heat (1988)
The Twilight Zone (1987)
Sweet Revenge (1987)
Stark: Mirror Image (1986)
3:15 (1986)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
The Cars: Hello Again (1984)
Beatlemania (1981)

Selfs Filmography:

Ok! TV (2018)
Fameless (2015)
The View (2015)
Femme Fatales with Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly (2014)
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)
Larry King Now (2013)
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (2013)
The Haunting Of (2012)
Chelsea Lately (2012)
Big Morning Buzz Live (2012)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2012)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2012)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2012)
MSN Exclusives (2012)
Mic Check Live: Ms. Lauryn Hill & Tyrese Gibson (2011)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2009)
Broadway Beat (2009)
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards (2009)
Entertainment Tonight (2008)
I Love the New Millennium (2008)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2008)
Spread TV (2007)
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' (2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2007)
Tavis Smiley (2007)
Tell Me Cuba (2006)
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2006)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2005)
The Barry Z Show (2005)
The CMT Music Awards (2005)
Rocked with Gina Gershon (2004)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2004)
Dinner for Five (2004)
Howard Stern (2003)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2003)
Totally Gay! (2003)
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003)
Making of 'Demonlover' (2003)
The 56th Annual Tony Awards (2002)
The Job (2002)
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002)
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' (2001)
The 55th Annual Tony Awards (2001)
HBO First Look (2001)
Making the Video (2000)
Sonic Cinema (2000)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1999)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1998)
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute (1998)
Late Show with David Letterman (1996)
The Making of 'Showgirls' (1995)