Born on June 10, 1962 in Los Angeles, Gina began performing at a young age, her first role was as 'Rosie' in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1980, she moved to Boston, attending Emerson College and working on stage in the musical Runaways. She later transferred to NYU, where she initially studied philosophy and psychology, but graduated with a BFA in drama from the university's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. While in New York, Gina and fellow actress Helen Slater formed the theater group Naked Angels. Gina eventually began to land roles on TV and in movies such as Red Heat, Out for Justice and Cocktail. Of course, Gina is probably best known for her role as 'Cristal Connors' in the 1995 camp classic Showgirls. Her electrifying performance in the diva-licious drama and her follow up movie, the critically-acclaimed erotic crime caper Bound in 1996 led her to bigger roles in bigger films such as Face/Off with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage and The Insider with Russell Crowe. Gina also appeared on the infamous 'Puppy Episode' of Ellen in 1997 and starred on the short-lived detective series Snoops in 1999. Gina returned to the stage in the Broadway revival of Cabaret in 2001 and received impressive reviews. Her turn as a wannabe rocker in 2003's Prey for Rock and Roll mirrored Gina's real life, writing songs for the film's soundtrack with musician and producer Linda Perry and going on tour with the band Girls Against Boys to promote the film, which was chronicled for the IFC series Rocked with Gina Gershon. Recently, Gina has had recurring roles on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rescue Me, and Ugly Betty, playing Italian cosmetics mogul 'Fabia,' the rival of Vanessa Williams' 'Wilhelmina Slater.' Not one to be content with a mere acting career, Gina wrote a children's book, Camp Creepy Time with her brother Dann, which was released in May of 2007 and released an album, In Search of Cleo in September of that same year. In May of 2008, the curtain again went upon Gina's Broadway career, portraying an amorous Italian stewardess in the farcical play Boeing, Boeing. Gina Gershon's talents are - and have always been - crystal clear.
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