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Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands is recognized internationally as an actress of rare accomplishment and talent, and finds herself constantly in demand in theater, film and on television.

A recent Emmy award winner for HBO's Hysterical Blindness, for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination, and an Emmy nominee for Showtime's Wild Iris, she also appeared in Showtime's Charmed: The Easy Life. She recently completed a co-starring role in The Incredible Mrs. Richie.

Prior to this, Rowlands received an Emmy nomination for her starring role in CBS's The Color of Love: Jacey's Story. She also starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Grace and Glory.

The recipient of a Doctorate of Performing Arts from the American Film Institute and the Sundance Film Festival's Piper-Heidseick Award, as well as a tribute from the American Cinematheque, she has received several other film festival awards, the most recent being that from the Montreal International Film Festival.

Past film credits include a number of films directed by and/ or-co-starring her late husband, John Cassavetes: A Child Is Waiting; Faces; A Woman Under the Influence, for which she received a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress, and Academy Award nomination as Best Actress, a National Board of Review Award, and a San Sebastian Film Festival Award; Gloria, for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress, a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress, was the co-winner of the Venice Film Festival Best Actress Award and The Golden Lion; Opening Night, for which she received the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear Award as Best Actress; Love Streams, for which she received a Gold Award as Best Actress at the Taormina Film Festival.

Other film credits include Unhook the Stars (directed by her son and director of The Notebook, Nick Cassavetes), The Mighty, Playing By Heart, Hope Floats, Paulie, The Weekend, Something to Talk About and Taking Lives. She is currently filming The Skeleton Key opposite Kate Hudson.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Gena Rowlands Facts

Birth NameVirginia Rowlands
BirthdayJune 19, 1930 (93)
BirthplaceCambria, Wisconsin, USA
Awards2003 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Hysterical Blindness)
1988 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for The Betty Ford Story)
1975 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for A Woman under the Influence)

Selected Filmography

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