Elmarie Wendel plays the recurring part of Gina, Benny's best friend and co-worker at Powers Aviation, on "George Lopez".
|Born||November 23, 1928|
|Birthplace:||Ogen Township, Howard County, Iowa, U.S.|
|Family||Jennifer "J.C." Wendel (actress, daughter)|
|Appeared on:||George Lopez (TV series)|
|Appeared as:||Gina Sorenstam|
|Episodes appeared in:||11 in Seasons 2-6|
Elmarie Louise Wendel (born November 23, 1928) is the actress who plays the part of Gina Sorenstam, an assembly line worker with her best friend Benny Lopez at the Powers Bros. Aviation factory on George Lopez. She appears in a total of 11 episodes in the series, beginning with the episode "Secrets and Lies" in Season Two (episode #19).
Esrly life & theatrical career
Born on a farm in Howard County, Iowa, one of five siblings, Elmarie spent her childhood traveling with her musical parents and dancing with her sisters in and around the Midwestern U.S. in club and concert hall venues, including the Grand Ole Opry. She eventually made her way to New York City, where she enjoyed success in both Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions. Elmarie's musical theater credits include Wonderful Town, Cole Porter Revisited, Little Mary Sunshine and Gigi.
A national touring company of Annie took her to Los Angeles, where she made a successful transition into film and television. She garnered the role of the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun. She made appearances on such shows as Seinfeld, Love & War, Murphy Brown, Murder, She Wrote, and Empty Nest. She appeared in And the Band Played On and the 1989 film Far from Home.
Wendel is the mother of Jennifer "J.C." Wendel, who is also an actress (CBS-TV's Dave's World series).
- ↑ On April 11, 1930 in New Ogen Township, Howard County, Iowa, Elmarie L. Wendel's age is given for the census as "1 3/12" (i.e. 1 year and 3 months = 15 months); in the 1940 census in Cresco, Howard County, Iowa on April 10, 1940, her age is given as 11. Given her November birthdate this means she was born in 1928, not 1932.
- ↑ Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: New Oregon, Howard, Iowa; Roll: 659; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 159.0; FHL microfilm: 2340394. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
- ↑ Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Cresco, Howard, Iowa; Roll: T627_1167; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 45-19. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.