The recipient of tributes from American Cinematheque and Sundance
Film Festival's Piper Heidseick, GENA ROWLANDS is recognized
internationally as an actress of rare accomplishment and talent.
Her most recent films are The Mighty, with Sharon Stone
(Miramax), Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, and Paulie.
Past film credits include Lonely Are The Brave, among others,
and a number of films directed by and/or co-starring her late
husband John Cassavetes: A Child is Waiting, Faces, and Moskowitz,
A Woman Under the Influence (Golden Globe award as Best Actress,
Academy Award nomination Best Actress, San Sebastian Film Festival
Award) Gloria (Academy Award nomination as Best Actress,
Golden Globe nomination, co-winner of Venice Film Festival Award,
The Golden Lion), Opening Night (Berlin Film Festival Silver
Bear Award, Best Actress, Berlin Film Festival Award), The
Love Streams (Taormina Film Festival Gold Award, Best Actress),
Light of Day, Another Woman (Woody Allen), Once Around,
Night On Earth, Something to Talk About, and The Neon Bible.
Gena's notable television credits include Thursday's Child,
A Question of Love, Strangers - The Story of A Mother and
Daughter (Bette Davis), An Early Frost (Golden Globe
Award and Emmy nominations as Best Actress), The Betty Ford
Story (Emmy Award, Best Actress in a mini series, Golden Globe
Award, best actress), In the Face of A Stranger (Emmy Award,
Best Actress), Crazy in love (Golden Globe nomination,
Best Actress), Silent Cries and Parallel Lives.
Her stage debut was on Broadway in The Middle of the Night
opposite Edward G. Robinson. she returned to the stage in
Cassavetes' love Streams, The Third Day Comes, and Woman
of Mystery. In 1991 and 1992, she appeared with Ben Gazzara
in A. R. Gurney's Love Letters in three sold-out separate
engagements. Later she starred in Substance of Fire at
the Mark Taper Forum.
Gena was born in Cambria, Wisconsin on June 19. 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. He died in February, 1989. They had
three children, Nicholas, Alexandra, and Zoe.
For Nicholas, who is pursuing a successful career as writer-producer-actor,
she starred in Unhook The Stars and made a cameo appearance
in She's So Lovely.
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