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Overview (3)

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died in Sharon, Connecticut, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameGail Gerber

Mini Bio (1)

A cute blonde with an unconventional personality, hence the name changes, Gail Gerber (a.k.a. Gail Gilmore, a.k.a. Gale Gerber, a.k.a. Gail Gibson) came to Hollywood in 1963 after a successful career as a ballet dancer and TV actress in Canada. Betweeen 1964 and 1965, she appeared in six movies leaving an indelible impression on fans of teenage drive-in movies. Gilmore co-starred with Elvis Presley twice, playing a vacationing coed in Girl Happy (1965) and a dancing gypsy in Harum Scarum (1965). She then frolicked on the seashores of sunny Southern California in The Girls on the Beach (1965) and Beach Ball (1965) before growing to gigantic proportions along with five other delinquent teenagers who terrorize a town in Village of the Giants (1965). Gilmore met writer Terry Southern on the set of The Loved One (1965) and abandoned Hollywood in 1966 to live with him in New York then Connecticut where she remained his longtime companion until his death thirty years later.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Lisanti

Trivia (7)

At the age of fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, based in Montreal.
Posed in a tight-fitting sweater for Playboy Magazine in November 1963 as one of "The Girls from Canada.".
Was friends with Geraldine Page until her death. Is still close with her daughter actress/writer Angelica Page and her father Rip Torn and his wife, actress Amy Wright.
Taught ballet in the Berkshires from 1973 until 1995.
Is the Secretary of The Terry Southern Literary Estate.
Completed her critically acclaimed memoir, co-written by Tom Lisanti, "Trippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember" released by McFarland & Company in 2010. It was awarded the Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) for Best Autobiography/Memoir, and was a finalist in the National Best Books 2010 Awards in the Performing Arts category.
Encouraged by Angelica Page, she returned to the silver screen playing a dotty old woman in Lucky Days (2008), which Angelica starred in, wrote and co-directed.

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