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Gena Rowlands ACTOR

Gena Rowlands was born on June 19th, 1930 in Madison, Wisconsin with the birth name Virginia Cathryn Rowlands.  Her parents were Edwyn Myrwyn Rowlands and Mary Allen Neal.  She was raised in Cambria, Wisconsin and then in 1942 her family relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
After she completed Washington-Lee High School, Rowlands enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1947 and then in 1950 she left college and relocated to New York to study drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She first began acting as a stage actress appearing with repertory theatre companies.  It did not take long before she debuted on Broadway in a production of, "The Seven Year Itch".  After gaining some more stage experience she was soon given the opportunity to work on such television series as, "Robert Montgomery Presents", "Kraft Television Theatre", "Ponds Theater", "Studio One in Hollywood", "Good Year Playhouse" and "The United States Steel Hour".
As her career progressed she would go on to earn four Emmy's and two Golden Globe Awards.  During the 60's, Rowland continued to work not only on television but films as well.  Some of her early film roles were on, "The Spiral Road" (1962), "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962) starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau, "A Child is Waiting" (1963), "Tony Rome" (1967) starring Frank Sinatra and such television series as, "Run for Your Life", "The Roads West", "Burke's Law", "Bonanza", "The Virginian", "Riverboat", "Breaking Point" "77 Sunset Strip" and "Dr. Kildare".     
Gena Rowlands has married only one time to actor, John Cassavetes in 1954 and they had three children and remained married until he passed away on February 3rd, 1989.  With her husband they appeared on he big screen in a total of ten films such as, "A Child is Waiting" (1963), "Faces" (1968), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) and "Love Streams" (1984) among others.
She has received numerous honors throughout her time spent in Hollywood such as being nominated for two Academy Awards, eight Emmy's, eight Golden Globes, three Satellite Awards and one SAG Award. 
Her son, Nick Cassavetes also became involved in the entertainment industry working as a director.  He directed his mother in he film, 'The Notebook" (2004) starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and James Garner.  Other more recent roles she has added to her resume over he course of her career are in the films, "Broken English" (2007), "Persepolis" (2007), "Olive" (2011) and the television series, "Monk" (2009) and "NCIS" (2010).  She is currently set to be seen on the big screen in, "Yellow" which is still in post production.


2012   Yellow

2011   Olive 

2010   NCIS

2009   Monk 

2007   Persepolis

2007   What If God Were the Sun? 

2007   Broken English 

2006   Numb3rs 

2006   Paris, je t'aime 

2005   The Skeleton Key

2004   The Notebook 

2004   Taking Lives

2004   The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie 

2002   Charms for the Easy Life 

2002   Hysterical Blindness 

2001   Wild Iris 

2000   The Color of Love: Jacey's Story 

1999   The Weekend 

1998   Playing by Heart 

1998   Grace & Glorie 

1998   The Mighty 

1998   Hope Floats 

1998   Paulie

1998   Best Friends for Life 

1997   She's So Lovely 

1996   Unhook the Stars 

1995   Something to Talk About 

1995   The Neon Bible 

1994   Parallel Lives 

1993   Silent Cries

1992   Crazy in Love 

1991   Face of a Stranger 

1991   Ted & Venus 

1991   Night on Earth 

1991   Once Around 

1990   Montana

1988   Another Woman

1987   The Betty Ford Story

1987   Light of Day
1985   An Early Frost

1985   Nederland C

1984   Love Streams 

1983   Faerie Tale Theatre

1983   Thursday's Child

1982   Tempest 

1980   Gloria

1979   Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter

1978   The Brink's Job 

1978   A Question of Love 

1977   Opening Night 

1976   Two-Minute Warning 

1975   Columbo

1974   Marcus Welby, M.D.

1974   A Woman Under the Influence 

1971-1973  Medical Center 

1972   Circle of Fear

1971   Minnie and Moskowitz

1969   Machine Gun McCain

1968   Faces 

1968   Garrison's Gorillas

1968   Nick Quarry

1967   Peyton Place

1967   Tony Rome

1967   The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 

1967   The Road West 

1966   The Long, Hot Summer 

1966   Run for Your Life 

1963-1965  Kraft Suspense Theatre 

1964   Burke's Law

1962-1964  The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

1964   Dr. Kildare 

1963   Breaking Point 

1963   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 

1963   The Virginian 

1963   Bonanza

1963   77 Sunset Strip 

1963   The Lloyd Bridges Show 

1963   A Child Is Waiting 

1963   The Dick Powell Theatre 

1962   The Spiral Road 

1962   Lonely Are the Brave 

1961   87th Precinct

1961   Target: The Corruptors 

1961   The Islanders

1960   The Tab Hunter Show

1960   Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1960   Adventures in Paradise 

1959   Riverboat

1959   Markham 

1959   Johnny Staccato

1959   Shadows 

1959   Laramie 

1958   G.E. True Theater

1958   The High Cost of Loving 

1955   Goodyear Playhouse 

1955   The United States Steel Hour 

1955   Appointment with Adventure 

1955   Studio One in Hollywood 

1955   Armstrong Circle Theatre 

1955   Ponds Theater 

1955   Robert Montgomery Presents

1955   The Way of the World

1954   Top Secret 

Matinee Classics - Lonely Are the Brave starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands and Walter Matthau

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