Early life, family, educational background
american actress, Gina Tognoni was born on November 28, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is best known for her role in “The Young and the Restless.” She was born to Edward Anthony Tognoni and Sharon Tognoni, and she has a sister, Maggie Tognoni.
She is close to her family, which can be seen in her social media posts. On Father’s Day in June 2017, she wished her father a photo of her father via an Instagram post. For the caption, she wrote an ode to him and complimented him on being an incredible guy and amazing father.
She is especially close with her sister and often posts pictures of her on her Instagram feed. She briefly attended Emerson College before dropping out to focus on and pursue her acting career.
In 1995, she made her soap opera debut on ABC’s “One Life to Live”, as Kelly Cramer. After six years on the show, in April 2001, she announced she would not be renewing her contract with the soap. She returned to daytime television in July 2004 in CBS’s “Guiding Light” as Dinah Marler.
Her list of guest roles includes appearing in “Fastlane” as Gabriella in 2003, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” as Officer Kristen Vaill in 2005, and “The Sopranos” as Catherine Lipman in 2006. From 2009 to 2010, she appeared in the web series Venice: The Series, as Sami Nelson. In 2009, after CBS’s “Guiding Light” was canceled, she returned to “One Life to Live” as Kelly Cramer and remained so until it was canceled in 2011. On May 22, 2014, it was announced that she would replace Michelle Stafford in CBS’s ” The Young and the Restless” as Phyllis Summers.
Her first appearance on the show was on August 11, 2014. Fans and critics felt she had big shoes to fill, but she received praise for her performance. In 2019, Daytime Confidential announced Michelle Stafford’s decision to leave “General Hospital” and return to “The Young and the Restless” as Phyllis Summers. This meant that Gina would be removed from the show.
Michelle played Phyllis for nearly 20 years, from the time she joined the show in 1994 to the time she left in 2013. In her 20 years, she received 10 Daytime Emmy nominations and won Best Supporting Actress in 1997 and Best Actress in 2004.
On March 30, 2019, Gina spoke on Instagram about her departure from the soap opera, “I am beyond grateful for the creative experience ‘The Young and the Restless’ has given me, as well as the amazing relationships I’ve built with the cast, crew / staff, producers and writers. I love my Genoa City family.” Her final appearance on the show aired on June 7, 2019.
In 2002, she starred in ‘Pride & Loyalty’ as Stephanie and in 2011 as Nurse Jackson in ‘In the Family’. She appeared in several television movies, including “This Time Around” as Cara Cabot in 2003, “Phenomenon II” also in 2003, and the short film “Art” as Barbara in 2005.
Between 1996 and 1998, she was nominated three times for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the Outstanding Actress category for her work in “One Life to Live.” In 2006 and 2008, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in “The Guiding Light.” She made history as the second actress to win a supporting actress twice. In addition to her wins, she has been nominated for an Online Film & Television Association, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and four Soap Opera Digest Awards.
In 2015 on the 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards, she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Phyllis Summers. In 2017 on the 44e Daytime Emmy Awards, she was again nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress and won.
In the past, she has dated Tom Pelphrey and Mark Derwin. On November 21, 2007, she became engaged to insurance professional Joseph Chiarello. They were introduced by Gina’s former co-star, Beth Ehlers, and have been married since May 16, 2009. Joseph is the president of a corporate insurance program for the firearms industry Joseph Chiarello & Co. Inc.
It’s crazy!!!!! We got another treat from our #philly fans, thank you ALL ❤️ there is so much good energy all around us – thank you YR-
They have no children yet; and have not spoken about the desire to expand their family. Gina has a goddaughter, Kinzie, who is often mistaken as her biological daughter by other people. When not working, the happy couple divides their time between Los Angeles and New Jersey.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
In her youth she participated in beauty contests.
In 1991 she was named Miss Rhode Island Teen USA and in 1993 Miss Rhode Island Teen All-American.
She has brown eyes and light brown hair. She is 1.7 m tall and weighs 58 kg. Her vital stats are 31-22-36.
Wealth and salary
Her net worth is estimated at $9 million.