The Original Ginger is BornActress Tina Louise, known for playing Ginger on Gilligan’s Island TV show was born on this day in 1934. Her breakout role came from 1958’s God’s Little Acre where she received a Golden Globe for “New Star of the Year.” She became Ginger Grant in 1964, a role that she was afraid would ruin her career, and continued playing it until 1967. (Originally the role was offered to Jayne Mansfield, but she turned it down.) Tina continued to act in both film and TV but, she never participated in any of the show’s reunion movies and unlike her co-stars, she did not lend her voice for the animated version of show which ran on Saturday mornings from 1974-1977. However, she did appear occasionally for reunions on talk shows, she appeared with Dawn Wells (who played Mary Ann on the show) for a commercial for the Jeopardy game show and she also made a brief appearance on Roseanne. Tina and Wells are the only two surviving cast members.
Leslie Nielsen is Born
On this day in 1926, actor Leslie Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Nielsen had been acting since 1948 making appearances in more than 50 TV shows many movies. It was his performance in Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure that convinced critics that he was a serious actor. Ironically, many had never heard of the actor before his role in movie Airplane! and the Police Squad! TV show, where he was known for his comedy. Nielsen passed away in November of 2010.