Gina Tognoni

Birth Name: Gina Tognoni
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Profession: Actor

Birth Name: Gina Tognoni
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Date Of Birth: November 28, 1973
Profession: Actor and Businesswoman
Soap:The Young and the Restless(YR)
Character Name: Phyllis Summers


Born Gina Tognoni in St. Louis, Missouri. Tognoni gained confidence in the limelight early on through local beauty pageants in Rhode Island before heading to New York to follow her dream of being an actress.

In 1995, Gina originated the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live, captivating daytime audiences through 1991, before adding to her credits such as Pride & Loyalty, Fastlane, This Time Around, and The Wonderful World of Disney.

In 2004, she took over the role of Dinah on Guiding Light, winning Tognoni 2 Daytime Emmys for her gamble.

Tognoni didn’t rest on her laurels. She scored roles on Law & Order: SVU and the Sopranos. In 2009, Gina joined the cast of Venice the Series through 2010, before returning to New York and her role as Kelly Cramer on OLTL.

After leaving OLTL again in 2011, Gina took some time off to spend time with her husband, Joseph Chiarelli, in Hoboken, New Jersey, and start a new business with her family, a shoe business called Sole9, which raised money and awareness for women in need. But Daytime came knocking again.

In 2014, Gina scored the pivotal role of Phyllis on daytime’s #1 soap, The Young and the Restless. It was risky. The fans adored Michelle Stafford, but Tognoni made the role her own, and won the admiration of critics and fans alike, winning her another Emmy in 2017.

When she is not working, Tognoni and her husband divide their time between New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Fast Facts

  • November 28, 1973 — Birthdate
  • Named Miss Rhode Island Teen All-American in 1993.
  • Was originally set to attend Emerson College, but decided to focus on her acting career instead.
  • Originated the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live in 1995; stepped into the role of Dinah on Guiding Light in 2004; and in 2010, she reprised the role of Kelly Cramer on OLTL.
  • GL brought her a Daytime Emmy (her first) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2006. She won again for the same role in 2008.
  • In 2009, she joined the cast of the Web series Venice, produced by her former GL costar Crystal Chappell.
  • Was introduced to her husband by Guiding Light co-star Beth Ehlers.
  • Married to Joseph Chiarello since May 16, 2009.


  • Edward Anthony Tognoni— Father
  • Sharon Tognoni— Mother
  • Joseph Chiarelli — Spouse


Gina Tognoni has had the attention of daytime fans since originating the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live.

She added Dinah Marler Lewis on Guiding Light, Sami Nelson on Venice the Series, and the controversial Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless.

With 3 Emmy wins behind her, one for her role as Phyllis, Tognoni is a force to be reckoned with. Other credits include Pride & Loyalty, Fastlane, Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit, and the Sopranos.

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Actor (5 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

10-27-2017 — 2017
10-26-2017 — 2017
10-25-2017 — 2017

Phyllis Summers 2017

One Life to Live (TV Show)

One Life to Live — 2011
One Life to Live — 2011
One Life to Live — 2011

Kelly Cramer 2011

Guiding Light (TV Show)

Guiding Light — 2009
Guiding Light — 2009
Guiding Light — 2009

Dinah Marler 2009

Venice: The Series (TV Show)

Fastlane (TV Show)

Iced — 2003

Gabriella 2003

Guest (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

Home & Family (TV Show)

Home & Family — 2015
Home & Family — 2015


The Talk (TV Show)

The Talk — 2014


Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2006
Soap Talk — 2006


Appearing (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Soapography (TV Show)

John J. York & Gina Tognoni — 2005