Gina Tognoni Bio

(Kelly, OLTL)


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BIRTHDATE: November 28
STAR SIGN: Sagittarius
YEARS ON SHOW: 1995-2001; 2002; 2010-present
MARITAL STATUS: Wed Joseph Chiarello on May 16, 2009
AWARDS: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2006.

Gina Tognoni was raised in Syracuse, NY and in Rhode Island. She attended a Catholic high school and was intent on pursuing a degree at Emerson College when she won Miss Teen Rhode Island, her first pageant. A judge of her second pageant, then-manager of actress Halle Berry, encouraged Tognoni to pursue acting. Tognoni moved to New York City, then Los Angeles. Work was light, so she secured a job at a tanning salon and took classes at a local college. During final exams, she auditioned and won the part of Kelly on ONE LIVE TO LIVE. Tognoni lived in New York for seven years, then returned to California. She moved back to Manhattan after snagging the role of Dinah on GUIDING LIGHT in 2004. She left the show in 2009 and accepted an offer to reprise her role as Kelly on OLTL in February 2010.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. She is an accomplished horseback rider.
  2. She and former co-star Robert Bogue presented at the 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards.
  3. She enjoys skiing and songwriting in her free time.
  4. Voted by Soap Opera Digest as one of the most beautiful women in daytime 2007.
  5. Her favorite place in the world is Italy.
stories featuring
Gina Tognoni
Gina Tognoni (Kelly, OLTL) on Cancellation   Apr 18, 2011

The OLTL actress said: "It makes my heart sad and I am at a loss for the words to describe how I feel when I...

Gina Tognoni Cozies Up to Crazy   Nov 2, 2007

GUIDING LIGHT's Gina Tognoni studied and soul-searched...

Tognoni Time   Jan 23, 2007

From saying goodbye to ex-boyfriend Tom Pelphrey to giving back with GUIDING LIGHT in the Gulf Coast, Weekly makes...

Gina Tognoni Sings SOPRANOS   Jun 13, 2006

When GUIDING LIGHT's Gina Tognoni (Dinah) landed a coveted guest spot on THE SOPRANOS, she was sworn to secrecy by...

Life Of The Party   Oct 24, 2005

There was plenty of singing, dancing and general merriment at the 11th Annual Daytime Television Salutes St. Jude...

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Other Roles

Other Soap Roles
GUIDING LIGHT (Dinah Marler, 2004-2009)

TV Roles
THE SOPRANOS (Catherine Lipman, 2006)
LAW & ORDER (Officer Kristin Vaill, 2005)
PHENOMENON II (Officer Claire, 2003)
THIS TIME AROUND (Cara Cabot, 2003)
FASTLANE (Gabriella, 2003)

Film Roles
Pride & Loyalty (Stephanie, 2002)

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