|Born||September 20, 1951|
San Gabriel, California, U.S.
|Years active||1958-1965 (as actress)|
|Spouse(s)||James MacDonald (married 1973)|
|Relatives||Darlene Gillespie (sister)|
Gina Gail Gillespie (born September 20, 1951) is a former child actress best known for her recurring roles in the television series Law of the Plainsman and Karen, and for playing Pippi Longstocking in a 1961 episode of Shirley Temple's Storybook. She later attended law school and became an attorney.
Gillespie was born in San Gabriel, California, the daughter of Herbert Gillespie and Rean Tibeau Gillespie, who had been vaudeville dancers. In 1955, when her sister Darlene became a Mouseketeer, the family moved to Burbank, California. She has three other siblings.
Discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, Gillespie began acting on television when she was four years old. In 1958, she obtained small roles in Andy Hardy Comes Home and The Lost Missile.
In 1959 she was cast in the recurring role of Tess Logan, an eight-year-old orphan, in the western television series Law of the Plainsman, which ran on NBC from October 1, 1959 to September 22, 1960. Reruns of the series were broadcast on ABC from July through September 1962.
She continued to act in both television series and films, including playing dual roles in Pippi Longstocking, a 1961 episode of Shirley Temple's Storybook. The story differs from the famous children’s novel, for it is about a girl named Susan Ann Scholfield who tells her younger sister that, if she had her own way, she would be a girl named Pippi and live in a house with a monkey, a horse and a box of gold. The episode then shows the adventures Susan imagines.
In 1962 Gillespie played the role of young Blanche in the critically acclaimed film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and received good reviews for her performance.
In 1964 she was cast as Mimi Scott, the tomboyish younger sister in the television series Karen, which was broadcast on NBC from October 5, 1964 to August 30, 1965.
|1958||Andy Hardy Comes Home||Cricket Hardy||Plays Andy’s daughter|||
|1958||The Lost Missile||Little Girl in Underground Bunker||Uncredited role|||
|1959||Playhouse 90||Kathy Patrick||Episode: A Marriage of Strangers|||
|1959||Face of a Fugitive||Alice Bailey||Plays sheriff’s niece|||
|1959||It Happened to Jane||Betty Osgood||Played Jane’s daughter|||
|1959-1960||Law of the Plainsman||Tess Logan||Recurring role in series|||
|1960||The Slowest Gun in the West||The Daughter||TV special|||
|1961||Thriller||Priscilla||Episode: Mr. George|||
|1961||The Aquanauts||Lisa||Episode: Niagara Dive|||
|1961||Shirley Temple's Storybook||Susan & Pippi||Episode: Pippi Longstocking, played dual roles|||
|1962||What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?||Young Blanche||Plays Jane’s sister as a child|||
|1964||The Fugitive||Jenny Ammory||Episode: The Witch|||
|1964-1965||Karen||Mimi Scott||Recurring role in series|||
Gillespie graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, and married James MacDonald on May 5, 1973. She later attended the University of La Verne College of Law and graduated Cum Laude in 1988. After being admitted to the California State Bar she became a practicing attorney.