Tina Louise would have picked Manhattan over Gilligan's Island
Oops! Looks like Tina Louise would have rather been stranded somewhere else.
If Tina Louise could choose where to be stranded, she would have picked New York. Louise was one of the many stars from the hit '60s series, Gilligan's Island, where she played the role of Ginger Grant.
Louise may have been shipwrecked on an island, but she still had her New York attitude. As a native of New York, Louise always had it at the back of her mind.
She would even take trips to Manhattan during breaks and hiatus on Gilligan's Island.
In a 1965 interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Louise talked about her love for the city and how it inspired her in more than one way.
"New York is my hobby," she said. "I dig the streets, the people and the theater. And I get all charged up. I love the movement, the electricity and the charm of the city."
She said she would fly back to California when she needed to recuperate. Louise's character on Gilligan's Island was also from New York and was a movie star.
According to the interview, her day started at 6:30 a.m. and she would arrive at the studio by 7 a.m., and remain on set for about 12 hours.
Louise said she had a reputation for being aloof while on set, but she didn't see it that way. She said she would keep her nose buried in books and magazines, and didn't have the image most people believed her to have.
Despite her busy life in Hollywood, she always found time to go home to New York. After a few years of show business under her belt, and with the success of Gilligan's Island, Louise started to settle down.
"I liked dressy things when I lived in New York," she said. "Now all I think about is comfort. I never wear a girdle anymore, and I rarely wear high heels or anything else constricting. My favorite color is orange because it goes with my hair."
New York always had a special place in Louise's heart, and we are sure that New York always had a spot for her.
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I was once in San Jose, I thought it was closer to LA than SF
Studios helped to promote the image of their prominent actors. She was known for fashion and glamor. There's no reason the interview didn't fit her to a "T." Glad she mentioned the Theater which seemed natural. And the vitality of MYC in general. How fortunate to earn the resources to go back home, and back to her adopted second home of opportunity.
I enjoyed the story, and always the first hand references in the print articles themselves. Thank you MeTV Staff writers!