Gena Rowlands

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Virginia Cathryn Rowlands
  • Birth Place: Cambria, WI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/19/1930, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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Gena Rowlands Fast Facts:
  • Made her film debut in 1958's The High Cost of Loving.
  • First met husband John Cassavetes when he approached her after seeing her on stage in an American Academy of Dramatic Arts production.
  • Is the only woman ever nominated for two Best Actress Academy Awards in films directed by her husband, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980).
  • Her performance as unstable housewife Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence ranked No. 63 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
  • After her husband's death in 1989, she took a break from acting in films.
  • Appeared in the directorial debuts of her filmmaker children: her son Nick's Unhook the Stars (1996) and her daughter Zoe's Broken English (2007).
  • Gena Rowlands Relationships:
  • Nick Cassavetes - Son
  • David Rowlands - Brother
  • Mary Allen Rowlands - Mother
  • John Cassavetes - Husband (deceased)
  • Edwyn Myrwyn Rowlands - Father
  • Alexandra Cassavetes - Daughter
  • Zoe Cassavetes - Daughter
  • Gena Rowlands Awards:
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Winner
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Winner
  • 1984 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1981 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1988 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1980 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY

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