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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 and talent.

   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 Theatre.

   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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