Gina Gershon

Active - 1986 - Present  |   Born - Jun 10, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Action, Comedy Drama, Thriller

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Gina Gershon was born June 10th, 1962, the youngest of five children. Raised in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Gershon decided after high school to move to New York City 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, David Mamet, 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 Nancy Sinatra in the CBS miniseries Sinatra (1994). Gershon made her feature film debut playing a small role opposite Molly Ringwald in 1986's Pretty in Pink, and graduated to the jucier role of of Coral opposite Tom Cruise in Cocktail (1988). Through the 1990s, Gershon vascillated between high-brow and low-brow fare, the former exemplified by her memorable turns in John Sayles's City of Hope (1991), Robert Altman'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 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 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. She remained active in film and television, with recurring roles in Riverdale, New Amsterdam, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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  • Was a high-school classmate of Lenny Kravitz and appeared as his girlfriend in his music video for "Again."
  • Attended New York's Circle in the Square Professional Theater School and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.
  • Co-founded Naked Angels, a theater troupe that included Rob Morrow and Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • Made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret.
  • Appeared in a six-part series on the Independent Film Channel called Rocked with Gina Gershon, about her tour with the band Girls Against Boys.
  • Had a recurring role in season four of Rescue Me as Valerie.