Jennifer Gan

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Jennifer Gan
Ginny Gan circa 1967
Born Virginia Gan
(1938-03-02)March 2, 1938
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died September 15, 2000(2000-09-15) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other names Ginny Gan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–1972

Jennifer Gan (March 2, 1938 – September 15, 2000) was a stage, film and television actress. She appeared in sixteen film and TV titles in the sixties and early seventies.

Career as Ginny Gan[edit]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] she first began her career as Ginny Gan on the stage in musicals such as Li'l Abner in 1958, The Pink Jungle in 1959 starring Ginger Rogers and Agnes Moorehead,[2] and No Strings in 1962. She made her first TV appearance in a popular Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode in late 1964. She then appeared on stage in the musical Guys and Dolls, in 1965 with actress Sheila MacRae.[3]

She was seen again in the spring of 1967 when making four more film and TV appearances. She appeared in the James Coburn spy spoof sequel In Like Flint and his tongue in cheek western Waterhole No. 3. She then appeared in an episode in the last season of the hit TV show The Monkees. She also had an uncredited role in the hit film Valley of the Dolls. She also appeared in the stage play The Two Gentlemen of Verona.[4]

In 1968, she appeared in an episode in the last season of the hit TV show Batman. She then was cast in the hit family comedy film Yours, Mine and Ours. She had a speaking role with Henry Fonda in the coffee house scenes when he was on his big first date with Lucille Ball in the popular film.

Career as Jennifer Gan[edit]

In 1969, she changed her name to Jennifer Gan and continued performing until late 1972. She made appearances in episodes of The Virginian and Ironside. She then began a professional association with Roger Corman that lasted through two B movies. The first was Naked Angels where she starred as a biker chick, clad in leather and lace.[5] The film featured a soundtrack co-written by fuzz guitarist Jeff Simmons. She also appeared as a dancer in the feature film Hello, Dolly!.

In 1970, she appeared in a first-season episode of the popular TV shows Love, American Style and Marcus Welby, M.D.. In 1971, she starred in her second Roger Corman film, Women in Cages.[6] In 1972, she appeared in an episode of Nichols and made an appearance in the film The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. She made her final onscreen appearance in a fourth-season episode of Marcus Welby, M.D., in 1972.

Gan died on September 15, 2000. Her cause-of-death remains unknown.

Stage credits[edit]

Date Production Role
1958 Li'l Abner Stupefyin' Jones
1959 The Pink Jungle Dancer
1962 No Strings Dancer
1965 Guys and Dolls Dancer
1967 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Dancer


Year Title Role Notes Worked With
1964 Alfred Hitchcock Hour First Worker Episode: "Consider Her Ways" Leif Erickson, Barbara Barrie, Gladys Cooper, Ellen Corby, Virginia Grey
1967 In Like Flint Amazon #2 Feature film credited as Ginny Gan James Coburn, Jean Hale, Lee J. Cobb, Anna Lee
1967 Waterhole No. 3 Dove Feature film uncredited James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor, Claude Akins, James Whitmore, Bruce Dern
1967 The Monkees Ann Episode: "The Wild Monkees" Michael Nesmith, Davey Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Henry Corden, Norman Grabowski
1967 Valley of the Dolls Show Girl Actress Feature film uncredited Barbara Parkins
1968 Batman First Policewoman Episode: "Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club" Larry Gelman, Jean Byron
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours First Young Lady Feature film credited as Ginny Gan Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Van Johnson
1969 The Virginian Minnie Episode: "The Ordeal" Doug McClure, Robert Pine
1969 Ironside Chickie Episode: "Puzzlelock" Don Galloway
1969 Naked Angels Marlene Feature film star billing Michael Greene, Richard Rust, Corey Fischer, Penelope Spheeris
1969 Hello, Dolly! Miss Bolivia Feature film uncredited Dance troupe
1970 Love, American Style Gorgeous Redhead Segment: "Love and the King" Herb Edelman, Kathie Browne
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Raylene Kohl Episode: "Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey" James Brolin, Michael Burns, JoAnna Cameron
1971 Women in Cages Carol “Jeff” Jeffries Feature film star billing Pam Grier, Roberta Collins
1972 Nichols Gloria Episode: "The Unholy Alliance" James Garner, Margot Kidder, Noam Pitlik, Neva Patterson, Stuart Margolin, John Beck, Liam Dunn
1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Abbie Feature film uncredited Cliff Robertson, Dana Elcar
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Marcia Denny Episode: "We'll Walk Out of Here Together" Robert Young, Dana Elcar, Ann Doran


  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  2. ^ Google Books [1] Ginger Rogers The Pink Jungle
  3. ^ Google Books [2] Sheila MacRae Guys & Dolls
  4. ^ Google Books [3] Two Gentlemen of Verona
  5. ^ DVD Talk [4] Naked Angels
  6. ^ Google Books [5] Women in Cages

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