Gershon in June 2011
|Born||Gina L. Gershon |
June 10, 1962
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
Gina L. Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American film, television and stage actress, singer and author, known for her roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Showgirls (1995), Bound (1996), Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1996), Face/Off (1997), The Insider (1999), Demonlover (2002), Category 7: The End of the World (2005), P.S. I Love You (2007), Five Minarets in New York (2010), and Killer Joe (2011). She has also had supporting roles in FX's Rescue Me and HBO's How to Make It in America.
Gershon was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Mickey (née Koppel), an interior decorator, and Stan Gershon, who worked in the import/export business and sales. Gershon was raised in a Jewish family. She has an older brother and sister, Dan and Tracy. Gershon was raised in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and attended Beverly Hills High School. She started acting at the age of 14. After high school, Gershon moved to Boston to attend Emerson College. She transferred to New York University, and graduated with a BFA in drama and psychology/philosophy.
Gershon attended the Circle in the Square Professional Theater School in New York, working first with David Mamet and later with Harold Guskin and Sandra Seacat, whom she has described in interviews as "a huge influence." Gershon is one of the founding members of the New York-based theater group Naked Angels.
She has appeared on Broadway three times, as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret, in the revival of the sex farce Boeing-Boeing, and is currently playing Rosie Alvarez in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Her first acting venues were stage appearances in Camille and The Substance of Fire. She had a cameo role in The Cars 1984 video "Hello Again" alongside Andy Warhol. Her break came with a bit part in 1986's Pretty in Pink which led to more substantial roles in Sweet Revenge with Nancy Allen and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue. Gershon also worked in television, with a recurring role on Melrose Place playing a Heidi Fleiss-esque Hollywood madame. She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Nancy Sinatra in the made-for-TV biopic Sinatra. In 1996, she played Corky, an ex-con who gets mixed up in an affair with Violet (played by Jennifer Tilly), in the mobster flick Bound. The following year, she costarred with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off.
Gershon is regarded as a gay icon because of her roles in movies such as Bound (in which she played a butch lesbian), Prey for Rock & Roll, and Showgirls (in which she played a bisexual, and which is regarded as a camp classic). She was ranked #23 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.
Gershon played Jew's harp on "I Can't Decide", a song on the Scissor Sisters 2006 release Ta-Dah. She also played Jew's harp on the song "I Do It For Your Love", Paul Simon's collaboration with Herbie Hancock on his album Possibilities, in a duo with bassist Christian McBride on the song "Chitlins and Gefiltefish", on McBride's 2011 album Conversations with Christian, and on "Maria" from her album In Search of Cleo. On television, she has recurring roles on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (as a Hasidic dry cleaner), Rescue Me, and the U.S. dramedy series Ugly Betty (as Italian cosmetics mogul Fabia, the rival of Wilhelmina Slater). She also has served as the voiceover for Major League Baseball's "I Live For This" promotional campaign.
Gershon also appears in Lenny Kravitz's music video entitled "Again". She and her brother Dann are the authors of the children's book Camp Creepy Time. On September 10, 2008, Gershon appeared in a video on funnyordie.com, parodying former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, titled "Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah Palin" which she followed with "Gina Gershon Does Sarah Palin 2".
Gershon's first book written for an adult audience, In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind, is the true story of the hunt for her runaway cat and was released on October 11, 2012.
A 2008 Vanity Fair article linked her romantically with former President Bill Clinton. Speaking on the U.S. television show Live with Regis and Kelly on June 9, she said, "It is such a crazy, outrageous lie… I met him three times at events. [These rumors] disturbed me on so many levels."
|1985||Girls Just Want to Have Fun||Dancer (uncredited)|
|1986||Pretty in Pink||Trombley, Girl Friend / Gym Class|
|1988||Red Heat||Catherine 'Cat' Manzetti|
|1991||Out for Justice||Patti Madano|
|1991||Jungle Fever||Angie's Neighbor (scenes deleted)|
|1991||City of Hope||Laurie Rinaldi|
|1992||The Player||Whitney Gersh|
|1993||Joey Breaker||Jenny Chaser|
|1994||Black and White|
|1995||Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Margo Preston|
|1997||This World, Then the Fireworks||Carol Lakewood Morton|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Hannah|
|1998||One Tough Cop||Joey O'Hara|
|1998||I'm Losing You||Lidia|
|1998||Prague Duet||Dr. Lauren Graham|
|1999||The Insider||Helen Caperelli|
|2001||Picture Claire||Lily Warden|
|2002||Slackers||Girl at Trendy Club (uncredited)|
|2002||Demonlover||Elaine Si Gibril|
|2002||Borderline||Dr. Lila Coletti|
|2003||Prey for Rock & Roll||Jacki|
|2004||Out of Season||Eileen Phillips|
|2004||Three Way||Florence DeCroix Hagen|
|2005||One Last Thing...||Arlene|
|2006||Man About Town||Arlene Kreiner|
|2006||Kettle of Fish||Ginger|
|2007||What Love Is||Rachel|
|2007||P.S. I Love You||Sharon|
|2008||Just Business||Marty Jameson||Video|
|2008||Beer for My Horses||Cammie|
|2008||Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah Palin||Sarah Palin||Video short|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.||(uncredited)|
|2010||Five Minarets in New York||Maria|
|2010||Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright||Mariel Garza||Video|
|2011||Sarah Palin Media Addict||Sarah Palin||Short film|
|2011||Killer Joe||Sharla Smith||Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress |
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2012||The Unknown Son||Mrs. Prentice||Pre-production|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Sophie|
|1986||Stark: Mirror Image||Alison Cromwell||TV movie|
|1987||The Twilight Zone||Laura||Episode: "Time and Teresa Golowitz"|
|1989||The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Randy Lewis||3 episodes|
|1990||Cop Rock||Stacey Kane||Episode: "The Cocaine Mutiny"|
|1992||Miss Rose White||Angie||TV movie|
|1992||Sinatra||Nancy Barbato Sinatra||TV miniseries|
|1993||Love Matters||Heat||TV movie|
|1993||Melrose Place||Ellen||3 episodes|
|1994||The Untouchables||Becky Petrov||Episode: "The Skin Trade"|
|1997||Ellen||The Cashier (uncredited)||Episode: "The Puppy Episode: Part 2"|
|1998||Legalese||Angela Beale||TV movie|
|1999–2000||Snoops||Glenn Hall||13 episodes|
|2000||Saturday Night Live||Wilma Slotsin (uncredited)||Episode: "Jackie Chan/Kid Rock"|
|2002||Just Shoot Me!||Rhonda Ferrara||Episode: "Da Sister Who Loved DiMauro"|
|2003||Just Shoot Me!||Rhonda Ferrara||Episode: "My Fair Finchy"|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Shikata (voice)||Episode: "Sword of Shikata" |
Episode: "Keeping Secrets"
|2004||The Practice||Glenn Hall||Episode: "The Firm"|
|2004||Tripping the Rift||Six||13 episodes|
|2004||Kevin Hill||Carly Austin||Episode: "The Good Life"|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Anna||Episode: "The Survivor"|
|2004–2007||The Batman||Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)||5 episodes|
|2005||The Studio||Bebe Knight||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005||Crossing Jordan||Charlie Davis||Episode: "Embraceable You"|
|2005||Family Guy||Policewoman (voice)||Episode: "Blind Ambition"|
|2005||Category 7: The End of the World||FEMA Director Judith Carr||TV movie|
|2005||American Dad!||Karen / Various (voice)||Episode: "Homeland Insecurity" |
Episode: "Stan of Arabia: Part 2"
|2006||Ugly Betty||Fabia||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Fabia||Episode: "I'm Coming Out" |
Episode: "East Side Story"
|2007||Psych||Emilina Saffron||Episode: "American Duos"|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Anna||Episode: "The Anonymous Donor"|
|2007–2009||Rescue Me||Valerie||9 episodes|
|2009||Life on Mars||Rita||Episode: "Coffee, Tea, or Annie"|
|2009||Numb3rs||Danielle Hill||Episode: "12:01 AM"|
|2009||Eastbound & Down||Realtor||Episode: "Chapter 5"|
|2009||Everything She Ever Wanted||Pat Allanson||TV miniseries|
|2010||Glory Daze||Lt. Lang||Episode: "What's Love Got to Nude with It"|
|2011||How to Make It in America||Nancy Frankenburg||7 episodes|
|2013||Maron||Alexa||Episode: "A Real Woman"|
|2009||Bye Bye Birdie||Rose Alvarez|
|2007||In Search of Cleo|
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- Marc Maron (March 7, 2013). "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 367 - Gina Gershon" (Podcast). WTF with Marc Maron. http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_367_-_gina_gershon. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Paul Chutkow: "I Dream of Gina," Cigar Aficionado, Sept/Oct 1998  
- Dawn Kay: "Gina Gershon;" The Lab Magazine; August 12, 2012
- NetGlimse Gina Gershon biography
- Time 2 hours and 30 minutes. (1 Intermission). "Bye Bye Birdie Tickets | Broadway". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- http://www.afterellen.com/TV/totallygay.html Afterellen.com Retrieved on 04-19-07
- "FreeJose.com". Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2004. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
- "Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah Palin". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "Gina Gershon Does Sarah Palin 2". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- , HBO.com, retrieved 2013-06-18
- "Gina Gershon writing book about missing cat". New York Magazine. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- "Gina Gershon talks 'Killer Joe,' her career, new book". Philly.com. 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- The Los Angeles Times. Vanity Fair links Bill Clinton to actress Gina Gershon
- "The Master, Holy Motors Dominate ICS Award Nominees". icsfilm.org. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
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- Official website (features detailed filmography, biography, news)
- Gina Gershon at the Internet Movie Database
- Gina Gershon at the Notable Names Database
- Q&A from Entertainment Weekly (June 19, 2007)