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I went into this with my eyes open, you know. I knew the bottom could drop out at any time. I'm a working girl, right? You don't think I'm gonna go into a situation like this if I don't think I'm gonna get covered on the back end.
~ Ginger's cold-blooded philosophy on marriage

Ginger McKenna is the secondary antagonist of the 1995 Martin Scorsese film, Casino. She is based on the real life Las Vegas socialite, showgirl, and model, the late Geraldine "Geri" McGee.

She was portrayed by Sharon Stone, who also portrayed Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct and Basic Instinct 2, Lori Quaid in Total Recall, and Laurel Hedare in Catwoman.


A hustler by nature, Ginger has no capacity for love, often using her looks to fool men into supporting her. Ginger's cunning and manipulative personality has become infamous among movie fans, and she is often ranked as one of the greatest female movie villains. Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe for her performance and is to this day recognized as one of the best villainesses in modern cinema.

Ginger is depicted as a heartless casino hustler in Las Vegas, Nevada during the early 1970s. One evening, Tangiers Casino manager and mob handicapper, Sam "Ace" Rothstein is watching over the security cameras when he catches Ginger stealing poker chips after distracting men with her good looks. Sam and security arrive, and after Ginger is caught by the man she is stealing from, she causes a scene and throws the poker chips all around, causing a bunch of patrons to get into a frenzy and pick them all up. Sam becomes extremely infatuated with Ginger and begins giving her a bunch of lavish and munificent gifts, including expensive jewel-encrusted gold adornments and the highest fashions. When Sam reveals to Ginger that he wants to settle down, Ginger warns him that she is not the kind of woman who would make a good mother. Sam denies this and the two wind up getting married and have a daughter named Amy. Ginger would later get depressed and resort to heavy drug use and drinking to ease the pain of her loneliness. 

Ginger is very unhappy and winds up having two separate affairs, one with Lester Diamond, her pimp ex-boyfriend and a country club golf hustler, along with Sam's best friend, Nicky Santoro. She also loses whatever little maternal instinct she had and neglects Amy, culminating in tying the girl to her bed so Ginger could go out and get drunk. Sam, already pushed to the edge by his deteriorating gambling empire, divorces her, and has Nicky throw her out of their house.

Ginger escapes to Los Angeles and takes with her nearly all of Sam's money, spending it on drugs until, within a few months, she has only $3600 in mint conditioned coins to her name. Finally, she dies of a heroin overdose; it is implied that the Mafia was involved in her getting a "hot dose" of lethally pure heroin.


  • Nicole Kidman and Rene Russo were considered for the role of Ginger McKenna before Sharon Stone was cast.
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