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Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon

Gina L. Gershon (born June 10, 1962) is an American actress, singer, and author. She had 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. She currently portrays the role of Gladys Jones on The CW teen drama series Riverdale.

Gina Gershon
Gina Gershon 2011.jpg
Gershon in June 2011
Gina L. Gershon

(1962-06-10)June 10, 1962
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNew York University, BFA 1983
OccupationActress, singer, author
Years active1981–present
Known forBound
Killer Joe

Early life

Gershon was born in Los Angeles, to Mickey Gershon (née Koppel),[1] an interior decorator, and Stan Gershon, who worked in the import-export business and sales.[2][3] Gershon was raised in a Jewish family in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley.[4] She has an older brother and an older sister.

Gershon went to Collier Street Elementary School and Woodland Hills Academy (formerly known as Parkman Junior High).[5] She 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.[6]

Gershon said she always wanted to be an actress, but her career began in music and dance.[5]



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."[7][8][9] Gershon is one of the founding members of the New York-based theater group Naked Angels.[10]

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 as Rosie Alvarez in the 2010 revival of Bye Bye Birdie at the Roundabout Theatre Company.[11]

Her first acting venues were stage appearances in Camille and The Substance of Fire.


Her break came with a bit part in Pretty in Pink (1986), which led to more substantial roles in Sweet Revenge with Nancy Allen and Cocktail with Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue and in John Sayles' urban drama City of Hope (1991). Gershon also worked in television, with a recurring role on Melrose Place playing a prostitute working for a Heidi Fleiss-esque Hollywood madam.

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.[12] In 1997, she co-starred with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off.[10]

Gershon is regarded as a gay icon[13] for 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 stripper, and which is regarded as a camp classic). She was ranked #23 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.[14]

In 2011, Gershon appeared alongside Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe, a dark comedy/thriller featuring director William Friedkin.[15]

In 2017, Gershon co-starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Inconceivable, an American thriller film directed by Jonathan Baker, written by Chloe King and released by Lionsgate Premiere.[16]

In June 2019, Variety magazine confirmed that the casting of Allen's new and currently Untitled film in San Sebastian, Spain would include "Gina Gershon as well as production company Gravier Productions."[17]

TV and online work

She portrayed Nancy Sinatra in the made-for-TV biopic Sinatra, in 1992.

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. She has also voiced Catwoman in the 2007 animated series The Batman.

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"[18] which she followed with "Gina Gershon Does Sarah Palin 2".[19]

In 2011, she appeared as a recurring character in the HBO series How to Make It in America.[20] Her portrayal of Donatella Versace in Lifetime's House of Versace earned her praise from fashion critic Cathy Horyn.[21]

On December 19, 2014, it was announced that Gershon would guest star in Glee's sixth and final season as Pam, the mother of Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss).[22]

In 2017, Gershon had a recurring role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the villainous Lt. Melanie Hawkins. On October 7, 2018, it was announced that Gershon would appear on the CW drama series Riverdale playing Jughead Jones' mother Gladys who is a shady businesswoman.[23]


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.[24][25]

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 Dan are the authors of the children's book Camp Creepy Time.[26]

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[27] and was released on October 11, 2012.[28]

Personal life

In 2015, Gershon dated Bobby Dekeyser, a Belgian Football player turned furniture designer.[29] According to a January 29, 2018, Page Six interview with Gershon, they were no longer in a relationship.



1985Girls Just Want to Have FunDancerUncredited
1986Pretty in PinkTrombley, Girl Friend / Gym Class
1987Sweet RevengeK.C.
1988Red HeatCatherine 'Cat' Manzetti
1989Suffering BastardsSharnetta
1990Voodoo DawnTina
1991Out for JusticePatti Madano
1991Jungle FeverAngie's NeighborScenes deleted
1991City of HopeLaurie Rinaldi
The Player
Whitney Gersh
1993Joey BreakerJenny Chaser
1994Black and White
1994FlinchDaphne JamesVideo
1995Best of the Best 3: No Turning BackMargo Preston
1995ShowgirlsCristal ConnorsNominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1996BoundCorkyNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
1997This World, Then the FireworksCarol Lakewood Morton
1997TouchDebra Lusanne
1997Face/OffSasha Hassler
1998Lulu on the BridgeHannah
1998One Tough CopJoey O'Hara
1998I'm Losing YouLidia
1998Prague DuetDr. Lauren Graham
1999Black and WhiteNora 'Hugs' Hugosian
The Insider
Helen Caperelli
2001DrivenCathy Heguy
2001Picture ClaireLily Warden
2002SlackersGirl at Trendy ClubUncredited
2002DemonloverElaine Si Gibril
2002BorderlineDr. Lila Coletti
2003Prey for Rock & RollJacki
2004Out of SeasonEileen Phillips
2004Three WayFlorence DeCroix Hagen
2005One Last Thing...Arlene
2005Category 7: The End of the WorldJudith Carr
2006Man About TownArlene Kreiner
2006Kettle of FishGinger
2007What Love IsRachel
2007P.S. I Love YouSharon
2008Just BusinessMarty JamesonVideo
2008Beer for My HorsesCammie
2008Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah PalinSarah PalinVideo short
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
2010Love RanchIrene
2010Five Minarets in New YorkMaria
2010Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie WrightMariel GarzaVideo
2011Sarah Palin Media Addict[30]Sarah PalinShort film
2011Killer JoeSharla SmithToronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012The Unknown SonMrs. Prentice
2013Dealin' with IdiotsSophie
2014The ScribblerCleo
2014The LookalikeLee Garner
2015Staten Island SummerMs. Greeley
2017Bad Kids of Crestview AcademySenator Wilkes
2017Lost Cat CoronaConnie
2018After EverythingTracy
2018American DresserSandra
2019Red Shoes and the Seven DwarfsRegina (voice)Post-production
TBARifkin's FestivalPost-production


1986Stark: Mirror ImageAlison CromwellMovie
1987The Twilight ZoneLauraEpisode: "Time and Teresa Golowitz"
1989The Days and Nights of Molly DoddRandy Lewis3 episodes
1989MonstersAnnEpisode: "Jar"
1990Cop RockStacey KaneEpisode: "The Cocaine Mutiny"
1992Miss Rose WhiteAngieTV movie
1992SinatraNancy Barbato SinatraMiniseries
1993Love MattersHeatMovie
1993Melrose PlaceEllen3 episodes
1994The UntouchablesBecky PetrovEpisode: "The Skin Trade"
1997EllenCashier (uncredited)Episode: "The Puppy Episode: Part 2"
1998LegaleseAngela BealeMovie
1999–2000SnoopsGlenn Hall13 episodes
2000Saturday Night LiveWilma Slotsin (uncredited)Episode: "Jackie Chan/Kid Rock"
2002–2003Just Shoot Me!Rhonda Ferrara2 episodes
2003Spider-Man: The New Animated SeriesShikata (voice)Episode: "Sword of Shikata"
Episode: "Keeping Secrets"
2004The PracticeGlenn HallEpisode: "The Firm"
2004Tripping the RiftSix13 episodes
2004Kevin HillCarly AustinEpisode: "The Good Life"
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmAnnaEpisode: "The Survivor"
2004–2007The BatmanCatwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)5 episodes
2005The StudioBebe KnightEpisode: "Pilot"
2005Crossing JordanCharlie DavisEpisode: "Embraceable You"
2005Family GuyPolicewoman (voice)Episode: "Blind Ambition"
2005Category 7: The End of the WorldFEMA Director Judith CarrTV movie
2005American Dad!Karen / Various (voice)Episode: "Homeland Insecurity"
Episode: "Stan of Arabia: Part 2"
2006–2007Ugly BettyFabia3 episodes:
"I'm Coming Out"
"East Side Story"
2007PsychEmilina SaffronEpisode: "American Duos"
2007Curb Your EnthusiasmAnnaEpisode: "The Anonymous Donor"
2007–2009Rescue MeValerie9 episodes
2009Life on MarsRitaEpisode: "Coffee, Tea, or Annie"
2009Numb3rsDanielle HillEpisode: "12:01 AM"
2009Eastbound & DownRealtorEpisode: "Chapter 5"
2009Everything She Ever WantedPat AllansonMiniseries
2010Glory DazeLt. LangEpisode: "What's Love Got to Nude with It"
2011How to Make It in AmericaNancy Frankenburg7 episodes
2013MaronAlexaEpisode: "A Real Woman"
2013House of VersaceDonatella VersaceMovie
2013Hunt For the Labyrinth KillerKaren DonovanMovie
2013Anger ManagementMandyEpisode: "Charlie Loses His Virginity Again"
2013–2014CleanersMotherMain role (18 episodes)
2014ElementaryElana March2 episodes
2014CommunityDevon's wifeEpisode: "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"
2015GleePam AndersonEpisode: "A Wedding"
2015–2016Red OaksFay Getty12 episodes
2015Z NationLa Reina de la MuerteEpisode: "Party With the Zeros"
Episode: "Adiós, Muchachos"
Episode: "All Good Things Must Come to an End"
2016EmpireHeleen Von WyattEpisode: "The Unkindest Cut"
2017CrashingSusieEpisode: "The Road"
2017Brooklyn Nine-NineLt. Melanie HawkinsRecurring role
2018YoungerChrissie HartEpisode: "Sex, Liza and Rock & Roll"
2018–presentRiverdaleGladys JonesRecurring role
2019The Good Fight"Melania Trump"Episode: "The One with the Celebrity Divorce"[31]


1998CabaretSally Bowles
2009Bye Bye BirdieRose Alvarez
2014Ghost Brothers of Darkland CountyMonique McCandless[32]


2007In Search of Cleo


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