Gina Tognoni (Sami Nelson on Venice The Series)
Current Character: Sami Nelson
Birthplace: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Marital Status: Married
Gina was born in St. Louis, MO, and grew up in Syracuse, New York and Bristol, Rhode Island.
A former beauty pageant participant, in 1992, Gina was named Miss Rhode Island Teen USA! She went on to compete in the Miss Teen USA Pageant, where she placed in the top 12 in the country and won the title of Miss Photogenic. After winning Miss Rhode Island Teen All-American in 1993, Gina was first runner-up in the Miss Teen All-American Pageant. It was this pageant that would be the start of Gina's career in acting!
Gina found a manager in a judge who was judging the Miss Teen Pageant competition and almost immediately she was signed and left for New York to begin studying.
After just moving to California to begin auditioning, Gina received a casting call for the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live. She debuted in the part and now works on Guiding Light as Dinah Marler.
On her off time, she enjoys horseback riding, skiing, and songwriting.
The Young and the Restless - Phyllis Summers Abbott Newman (August 11 2014 - present)
One Life to Live - Kelly Cramer (1995 - August 2001; December 2001; January 2002; February 12, 2010 - August 24, 2011)
Guiding Light - Dinah Marler (July 5, 2004 to September 18, 2009)
The Sopranos - Catherine Lipman (2006)
Art - Barbara (2005)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Officer Kristen Vaill (2005)
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Nominee - Outstanding Lead Actress (2015)
Daytime Emmys Winner - Outstanding Supporting Actress (2006; 2008)
Daytime Emmys Nomination - Outstanding Supporting Actress (2006)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination - Outstanding Supporting Actress (2005, 2006)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominee - Outstanding Female Newcomer (1996)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominee - Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (1997; 1998)