Gina Tognoni

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Gina Tognoni
Born (1973-11-28) November 28, 1973 (age 41)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Joseph Chiarello (m. 2009)

Gina Tognoni /tnˈjni/ (born November 28, 1973) is an American actress known for her performances on the soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light. In 2014, she began starring as Phyllis Summers in CBS's The Young and the Restless.

Career[edit]

Tognoni is known for her roles on daytime television soap operas. In 1995, she made her soap debut as Kelly Cramer in ABC's One Life to Live. She appeared on the show until 2001. In April 2001, it was announced that Tognoni, after six years with the show, had decided not to renew her contract with the series.[1] Tognoni returned to daytime television as Dinah Marler on CBS's Guiding Light in July 2004, and won her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2006 for her work on the show. In 2007, she was nominated again in the same category but lost to Genie Francis. She won her second Emmy in 2008, becoming only the second actress to be a repeat winner in the Supporting Actress category.

In 2009, after CBS canceled Guiding Light, Tognoni returned to her role as Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live. Also it was reported that Tognoni was in talks with several soaps for her post-Guiding Light gig.[2] Following the April 2011 cancelation of One Life to Live and All My Children,[3] it was announced that Tognoni and co-star Tom Degnan, who was portraying Joey Buchanan at the time, would exit the series before its January 2012 finale.[4][5] In addition to her career on soaps, Tognoni had guest-starring roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Sopranos, and co-starred in a number of television shows and independent films.

On May 22, 2014, it was announced that Tognoni was cast as Phyllis Summers in CBS's The Young and the Restless, replacing Michelle Stafford. Tognoni made her debut on August 11, 2014.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Tognoni was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She has won Miss Rhode Island Teen USA in 1991 and Miss Rhode Island Teen All-American in 1993.[8] Tognoni became engaged to Joseph Chiarello on November 21, 2007. She was introduced to him by her co-star Beth Ehlers.[9] The two were married May 16, 2009.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995–2001, 2002, 2010–11 One Life to Live Kelly Cramer Buchanan Series regular. Role from: February 17, 1995 – August 14, 2001, December 6, 2001, January 16–18, 2002, February 12, 2010 – August 24, 2011
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (1997-98)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer (1996)
2002 Pride & Loyalty Stephanie
2003 Fastlane Gabriella Episode: "Iced"
2003 This Time Around Cara Cabot Television film
2003 Phenomenon II Officer Claire Television film
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Kristen Vaill Episode: "Goliath"
2005 Art Barbara Short film
2006 The Sopranos Catherine Lipman Episode: "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh"
2004–09 Guiding Light Dinah Marler Series regular. Role from: July 7, 2004 – September 18, 2009
Won — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2007)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return (2005)
2009-10 Venice: The Series Sami Nelson Series regular, 24 episodes
2011 In the Family Nurse Jackson
2014–present The Young and the Restless Phyllis Summers Series regular. Role from: August 11, 2014 – present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (2001-04-01). "Tognoni to end six-year stay in Llanview". Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (2009-06-08). "Gina Tognoni close to deciding on her post-GL career". Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AMC and OLTL Canceled". Soap Opera Digest. Soapoperadigest.com. 2011-04-14. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (2011-06-07). "Gina Tognoni, Tom Degnan exiting OLTL this summer". Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fairman, Michael (2011-05-31). "Is Gina Tognoni headed out of One Life to Live early?". Michael Fairman On Air On Soaps. Michaelfairmansoaps.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ SOD (May 22, 2014). "GINA TOGNONI IS Y&R'S NEW PHYLLIS!". Soap Opera Digest. American Media, Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Logan, Michael (May 22, 2014). "Exclusive: Gina Tognoni Joins The Young and the Restless". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gina Tognoni: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Gina Tognoni - Biography

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