Born Tina Blacker (1934) in New York City, Tina Louise is best remembered for her three-year (1964 through 1967) television role as movie star Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island, though she hated the role and reportedly made no secret of it on the set.
Nor did she wish to have anything to do with the Gilligan cartoon and TV movie follow-ups of the 1970s and 1980s. During her Gilligan years, Tina entered into a brief marriage with TV talk-show host Les Crane.
(Man, did Les like to party. Anybody else see that movie about him?)
Tina studied drama at Miami University, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Actors' Studio. A nightclub singer in the mid-1950s, Louise came to Broadway as Appasionatta von Climax in the original 1956 production of the musical Li'l Abner. Two years later she made her first film, the then-torrid God's Little Acre.
Thanks to Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide, and Wikipedia.