GENA ROWLANDS (Ramona), a recent recipient of tributes
from American Cinematheque and Sundance Film Festival's Piper-Heidseick,
is recognized internationally as an actress of rare accomplishment
Her recent films include "Unhook the Stars,"
which was written and directed by Nicholas Cassavetes, and "The
Mighty." For television, she starred with Linda Lavin in
"Best Friends for Life."
Rowlands has starred in a number of films directed
by and/or co-starring her late husband, John Cassavetes including
"A Child is Waiting," "Faces," "Minnie
and Moskowitz," "A Woman Under the Influence" (for
which she received a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress, an Academy
Award" nomination for Best Actress, a National Board of Review
Award and the San Sebastian Film Festival Award), "Gloria"
(Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Golden Globe nomination
for Best Actress, co-winner of the Venice Film Festival's Golden
Lion Award), "Opening Night" (Silver Bear Award as Best
Actress at the Berlin Film Festival), "The Tempest"
and "Love Streams" (Taormina Film Festival's Gold Award
as Best Actress). Among others she also starred in "Lonely
Are the Brave," "Light of Day," Woody Allen's "Another
Woman," "Once Around," "Night on Earth,"
"Something to Talk About" and "The Neon Bible."
Rowland's notable television credits include "Thursday's
Child," "A Question of Love," "Strangers "
The Story of A Mother and Daughter," "An Early Frost"
(Golden Globe and Emmy nominations as Best Actress), "The
Betty Ford Story" (Emmy Award as Best Actress in a mini-series
and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress), "Crazy
In Love" (Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress), "Silent
Cries" and "Parallel Lives."
Her stage debut was on Broadway in "Middle of
the Night," opposite Edward G. Robinson. She returned to
the stage in Los Angeles in Cassavetes' "Love Streams,"
"The Third Day Comes" and "Women of Mystery."
In 1991 and 1992, in three separate sold out engagements she appeared
with Ben Gazzara in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," later
she starred in "Substance of Fire," at the Mark Taper
Rowlands was born in Cambria, Wisconsin. In her teens,
she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York
and was seen by Cassavetes, then at the beginning of his notable
career. They were married shortly after. Cassavetes passed away
in February, 1989. There are three children: Nicholas, who is
pursuing a career as actor-writer-director, Alexandra and Zoe.
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