Gina L. Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American film, television and stage actress, singer and author. She is known for her roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Showgirls (1995), Bound (1996), Face/Off (1997), The Insider (1999), Demonlover (2002), P.S. I Love You (2007), Five Minarets in New York (2010), Killer Joe (2011) and House of Versace (2013). 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 mother Mickey Gershon (nÃ©e Koppel), an interior decorator, and father Stan Gershon, who worked in the import-export business and in sales. Gershon was raised in a Jewish family in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley She has an older brother, Dan Gershon, and an older sister, Tracy Gershon.
Gershon went to Collier Street Elementary School and Woodland Hills Academy (formerly known as Parkman Middle School). Gershon attended Beverly Hills High School and started acting at the age of 14. After graduating from high school in 1980, Gershon moved to Boston to attend Emerson College. She transferred to New York University, and graduated with a BFA in drama and psychology/philosophy in 1983.
Gershon said she always wanted to be an actor, but her career began in music and dance.
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 played Rosie Alvarez in the 2010 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 prostitute working for a Heidi Fleiss-esque Hollywood madam. 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.
TV and online work
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.
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".
In 2011, she appeared as a recurring character in the HBO series How to Make It in America. Her portrayal of Donatella Versace in Lifetime's "House of Versace" earned her praise from fashion critic Cathy Horyn.
On December 19, 2014, it was announced that Gershon would guest star in Gleeââ'âs sixth and final season as Pam, the mother of Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss).
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.
She had a cameo role in The Cars 1984 video "Hello Again" alongside Andy Warhol. She appeared in Lenny Kravitz's music video entitled "Again".
She and her brother Dann are the authors of the children's book Camp Creepy Time.
Gershon's first book written for adults, 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. TV 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."
In a 2014 interview with Larry King, Gershon said that she was in a relationship with DEDON outdoor furniture founder Robert "Bobby" Dekeyser.
- GinaGershon.com (official website)
- Gina Gershon at the Internet Movie Database
- Gina Gershon at the Notable Names Database
- Q&A from Entertainment Weekly (June 19, 2007)