Character: Donatella Versace
Gina Gershon has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in entertainment, earning acclaim as a film, television and stage actor, as a singer/songwriter/musician and most recently as an author. Gershon was recently seen in the dark comedy independent film, “Killer Joe,” directed by William Friedkin. Her performance in the film garnered Gershon the Best Supporting Actress Award at The Toronto Film Critic’s Association. She is currently filming the indie “The Lookalike” in New Orleans with Justin Long and recurs on the IFC series “MARON” starring comedian Marc Maron.
Gershon’s prolific film career began when she landed her first speaking role with a memorable turn in John Hughes’ box office hit “Pretty in Pink.” In addition to her breakout roles in Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls” and the “Wachowskis’ Bound,” Gershon has appeared in such films as “Red Heat” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Cocktail” opposite Tom Cruise, John Sayles’s “City of Hope,” Robert Altman’s “The Player,” the John Woo blockbuster “Face/Off” opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated “The Insider” with Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer. Gershon was also in Richard LaGravenese’s “P.S. I Love You” opposite Hillary Swank and Taylor Hackford’s “Love Ranch” opposite Helen Mirren.
On television, Gershon has appeared in three different series for HBO, “How to Make It In America,” Danny McBride’s “Eastbound & Down” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Other notable credits include Denis Leary’s FX series “Rescue Me,” ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” the CBS miniseries “Sinatra,” the TNT movie “Legalese,” David E. Kelley’s action detective drama “Snoops” and the Lifetime miniseries “Everything She Ever Wanted.”
Gershon made a huge splash on Broadway, receiving rave reviews as the Italian flight attendant “Gabriella” in the 2008 Tony® Award-winning revival of “Boeing Boeing.” She returned to the stage starring in the first-ever Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Additional stage credits include a 2001 starring role as “Sally Bowles” in Sam Mendes’s Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” the stage plays “Camille” opposite Kathleen Turner and Jon Robin Baitz’s “The Substance of Fire” (both at the Long Wharf Theatre). As a founding member of the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, Gershon has appeared in numerous productions with the company. She also appeared in the original production of William Mastrosimone’s “Nanawatai,” which opened the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Having always enjoyed singing and songwriting, Gershon’s musical career blossomed with the independent film “Prey for Rock & Roll,” receiving critical acclaim for her role as singer/guitarist “Jacki.” She sang live and wrote for the soundtrack. Gershon’s powerful turn as a rock performer in this project led her to star in the IFC documentary “Rocked,” which followed her on the road touring with the indie rock band Girls Against Boys. Her musical career continues to thrive with her latest CD “In Search of Cleo,” a compilation of original songs with a unique sound that mixes country, rock and jazz. Additionally, Gershon has also played Jew’s harp on recordings for Herbie Hancock, the Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Christian McBride. Her book “In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind,” released in October 2012, whose audio book includes music by Gershon and Christian McBride. Gershon’s previous book “Camp Creepy Time,” co-written with her brother Dann, was optioned by Dreamworks.
Gershon currently splits time between New York and Los Angeles.
Born in Italy in 1955, Donatella Versace grew up with two major fashion influences. Her mother was a dressmaker and her older brother, Gianni Versace, was a budding designer. She went to work for her brother in the late 1970s, serving as his muse and adviser. Donatella Versace became the designer for the company's Versus line in the 1980s. After her brother was murdered, in 1997, she became creative director of the Versace Group... Read more about Donatella on Biography.com.