In preparation for any and all types of roles, Ginger also studied dance along with
singing and acting. She had a sultry 36-24-36 body but would not compromise her
morals by moving up through 'casting couch' type of auditions. Although she could be
coy and quite a tease, she set up her own barriers of approach which caused her acting
career to be a slow, laborative process.
Ginger grew up in Hollywood, but at the age of 21 moved to New York to study various
forms of method acting. She found more success in New York and had small parts in
various off-Broadway productions and musicals. Ginger also did a couple TV commercials
and it seemed that her "star was beginning
to shine." To gain more exposure, Ginger joined a USO Tour which traveled worldwide
to entertain the troops and everywhere the tour went, Ginger would sign on to do
nightclub shows. So she would entertain Army troops during the day and club [bar]
members at night. Financially, she was doing quite well and she enjoyed the USO Tour
because it gave her a chance to travel. In fact, it was the USO Tour that brought her to
Honolulu in 1964.
Ginger was now 25 years old and one day (after an exhaustive USO and nightclub
performance), she decided to take a little break and 'get away from it all. She did two
evening shows at the Tiki-Kiwi Nightclub and decided to go walking along the beach
during sunrise the next morning. While at the beach she walked past a beach house
which advertised an exotic (3-hour) island tour with free lunches included. Ginger
thought that this sounded exciting so she decided to board the S.S. Minnow for a relaxing
Hawaiian Island Tour. She looked out of place because she still wore her nightclub
gown but she didn't care. She needed a break.
As we will know, Ginger never had a chance to relax due to the storm that shipwrecked
the S.S. Minnow. Of all the castaways, Ginger Grant had the hardest time adapting to
their situation. Mary Ann was used to this type of hard-working life; the Professor could
continue his studies; the Howells' fortune would continue to grow and they would have
time to develop financial strategies to use (if they ever got rescued); and the Skipper and
Gilligan would be the main providers while trying to format rescue efforts. For Ginger,
the shipwreck occurred at the wrong time in her life. She was moving up in her career
as a hope-to-be-soon-to-be (big) movie star. Ginger Grant is frustrated by her enforced
stay on the island because she knows some other girl is getting some part in some picture
that might make Ginger a genuine star.
However, there is no malace in Ginger's remarks or in her nature for that matter.
Beneath the veneer of Hollywood, California sophistication - is a true heart of gold. But,
Ginger would be the first to deny this, because, in Hollywood, a heart of gold is
considered corny. But, in spite of her, it quite often shines through. Ginger may
complain and grumble about conditions on the island, but when the occasion demands,
she pitches in and helps.
Throughout her enforced stay, Ginger does
manage to maintain her dignity even though she
will seduce any man who may have a chance to
lead her (and the others) from their isolation. Of
all the men on the island, Ginger shows the most
interest in the Professor, and would prefer to call
him Roy if not for
his title: The Professor. Her liking the Professor
is more of a process of elimination. She wouldn't
think of pursuing Mr. Howell due to the wrath
she would incur from Mrs. Howell. The only
other men on the island are the Skipper who she's
not really compatible with and as for Gilligan,
well, he is Gilligan! Ginger never had to cook
for herself so she isn't very domestic, but
occasionally will try to be more homey.
However, for Ginger, she's always looking for
that one big break which will make her a big,
well-known star! In fact, she was preparing for
an Egyptian movie: "Pyramid For Two" in which
she would have played the lead role of Cleopatra.
So, she brought the script from this (and other
movies) with her and if she can't act for the
theaters, at least she can entertain the others until
they are rescued!
"A Pyramid For Two" was to be Ginger
Grant's first movie in which she would
have been the major star!