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Gina Gershon Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 10, 1962
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Sultry, dark-eyed, brunette leading actress Gina Gershon mixes a muscular toughness with her seductive femininity. Born June 10th, 1962, Gershon wasthe youngest of five children. Raised in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Gershon gets her exotic looks from her French, Russian, and Dutch heritage. After high school, she decided she wanted a more sophisticated image than those usually attributed to Valley Girls like herself and so moved to the Big Apple, to earn a bachelor of arts degree at New York University. While in New York, she studied acting with such well-known teachers as Sandra Seacat, [[Performer~P100953~David Mamet~davidmamet]], and Harold Guskin. She started out in theater and worked on both coasts.

Since the mid-'80s, Gershon has carved out a living as a reliable character actress on both the big and the small screens. Her most notable role on the tube was that of [[Performer~P65895~Nancy Sinatra~nancysinatra]], the famous wife of Old Blue Eyes himself, in the CBS miniseries [[Feature~V44816~Sinatra~sinatra]] (1994). Gershon made her feature film debut playing a small role opposite [[Performer~P60327~Molly Ringwald~mollyringwald]] in 1986's [[Feature~V39095~Pretty in Pink~prettyinpink]], and graduated to the jucier role of of Coral opposite [[Performer~P86295~Tom Cruise~tomcruise]] in [[Feature~V10144~Cocktail~cocktail]] (1988). Through the 1990s, Gershon vascillated between high-brow and low-brow fare, the former exemplified by her memorable turns in [[Performer~P110025~John Sayles~johnsayles]]'s City of Hope (1991), [[Performer~P79456~Robert Altman~robertaltman]]'s The Player (1992), and Michael Mann's The Insider (1999); the latter, by her gleeful, scenery-chewing work in Best of the Best 3 and the infamous [[Feature~V135793~Showgirls~showgirls]] (both 1995). Gershon's signature role, however, was a synthesis of B-movie pulp and indie smarts, courtesy of the Wachowski brothers' twisty 1996 neo-noir [[Feature~V135539~Bound~bound]]. Cast as a woman falling in love with an abusive gangster's moll, Gershon was able to radiate an intelligence, sexuality, and power not afforded her by previous scripts, and the lead part would go a long way in establishing her screen persona into the new millenium.

Gershon enjoyed success in 1997 when she co-starred with Nicolas and John Travolta in the blockbuster action thriller Face/Off, and again in 1999 with a role in The Insider. The actress co-starred with Dennis Hopper in the crime thriller Out of Season (2004), and the 2006 comedies Delirious and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. In 2010, Gershon appeared in The Love Ranch, a period film documenting the true story of Nevada’s first legal brothel.

~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi