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).

Awards

  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 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
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1978, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Nick Cassavetes — Son
  • David Rowlands — Brother
  • Edwyn Myrwyn Rowlands — Father
  • Alexandra Cassavetes — Daughter
  • Mary Allen Rowlands — Mother
  • Zoe Cassavetes — Daughter
  • John Cassavetes — Husband (deceased)

College

  • Attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY

Details

  • Birth Name: Virginia Cathryn Rowlands
  • Birth Place: Cambria, WI
  • Birthday: June 19, 1930, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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