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Gena Rowlands is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 19 june 1930 at Madison (USA)

Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands
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Birth name Virginia Cathryn Rowlands
Nationality USA
Birth 19 june 1930 (88 years) at Madison (USA)

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands (born June 19, 1930) is an American film, stage and television actress, best known for her career in the entertainment industry stretching over six decades. The four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner is best known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes in ten films, in two of which, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In August 2015, it was announced Rowlands would be the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award, in recognition of her unique screen performances.

Biography

Rowlands was married to John Cassavetes from April 9, 1954, until his death on February 3, 1989. They met at the American Academy at Carnegie Hall where they were both students. They had three children, all actor-directors: Nick, Alexandra, and Zoe.

Rowlands has stated that she was a big fan of actress Bette Davis whilst growing up. She played the daughter of Bette Davis in Strangers.

Best films

Persepolis (2007)
(Actress)

Usually with

John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(15 films)
Al Ruban
Al Ruban
(7 films)
Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gena Rowlands (51 films)

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Actress

Parts per Billion, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Gena Rowlands, Penn Badgley
Roles Esther
Rating43% 2.1604352.1604352.1604352.1604352.160435
Erik, a struggling musician who lives off his family's considerable wealth, clashes with his girlfriend, Anna, over what they know are trivial details in their relationship. Apprehensive after watching news reports of increasing conflict in the Middle East, Anna comes to believe that they should spend more time together, but Erik seems preoccupied with music composition and maintaining friendly relations with his ex-girlfriends. At the same time, Len and Mia, a married couple, experience trouble in their own relationship. Len, a depressed and unemployed writer, struggles to find direction in his life. He confesses to his sister, a nurse named Sarah, that he has taken his wife, Mia, for granted until recently. Mia, an accomplished lawyer, has just successfully represented Andy, a scientist of some renown, from accusations of selling trade secrets to a research facility in the 1970s. Anna, worried about visions that she has had recently of a looming apocalypse that involve a young girl, confides in Rick, Len's best friend, that she fears she may be suffering from schizophrenia.
Broken English, 1h37
Directed by Zoe Cassavetes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo, Justin Theroux, Peter Bogdanovich, Tim Guinee
Roles Vivien Wilder-Mann
Rating64% 3.200343.200343.200343.200343.20034
Nora Wilder (Parker Posey), a single, career woman works at a Manhattan boutique hotel where her excellent skills in guest relations lack in the romantic department. If it is not her loving and dominant mother (Gena Rowlands) attempting to set her up that consistently fail, she has her friend’s (Drea de Matteo) disastrous blind dates to rely on as a backup for further dismay. She's surrounded by friends who are all happily engaged or romantically involved and somehow, love escapes Nora—until she meets an unusual Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) who helps her discover life beyond her self-imposed boundaries.
Persepolis
Persepolis (2007)
, 1h35
Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Animation
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Political films, Children's films
Actors Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, François Jérosme, Gena Rowlands
Roles Grandmother
Rating80% 4.0488054.0488054.0488054.0488054.048805
At the airport Marjane Satrapi (Chiara Mastroianni) is unable to board a plane to Iran. She then takes a seat and smokes. She looks back at her childhood. She remembers the good and bad times with her family, especially all the political issues going on. As a young girl, Marji lived in Tehran and wanted to be a prophet and a disciple of Bruce Lee. Her childhood ambition is the general uprising against the Shah of Iran. Her middle-class family participates in all the rallies and protests. Marji wants to have pride in her future. Marji and a group of friends attempt to attack a young boy whose father, a member of SAVAK, killed Communists for no particular reason. One day, Marji's Uncle Anoush arrives to have dinner with the family after recently being released from his nine-year sentence in prison. Uncle Anoush inspires Marji with his stories of his life on the run from the government, a result of rebelling.
What If God Were the Sun?, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Lacey Chabert, Sam Trammell, Sarah Rafferty, Klea Scott, Amanda Brugel, Kim Roberts
Roles Melissa Eisenbloom
Rating63% 3.1983253.1983253.1983253.1983253.198325
Jamie is an ER nurse preparing for her upcoming wedding. When her policeman father unexpectedly dies in a hospital room adjacent to the one in which she's caring for a patient, her grief consumes her life, severely affecting her job performance and her relationship with her fiancé. Not until she meets Melissa, who is facing death from cancer with a sunny outlook and an unwavering faith in God, does Jamie begin to cope with her feelings and question her religious beliefs, including her conviction that the afterlife doesn't exist.
Paris, je t'aime, 1h55
Directed by Wes Craven, Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet, Alexander Payne, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Gus Van Sant, Richard LaGravenese, Walter Salles, Vincenzo Natali, Nobuhiro Suwa, Isabel Coixet, Gurinder Chadha, Oliver Schmitz, Tom Tykwer, Daniela Thomas, Frédéric Auburtin
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Anthology film, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Vampires in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Julie Bataille, Steve Buscemi, Bruno Podalydès, Sergio Castellitto
Roles Gena (Quartier Latin)
Rating72% 3.648673.648673.648673.648673.64867
Génération AMOUR...Au fil des quartiers, des histoires d'amour passager, voilé, mimé, vampirisé, malmené ou révélé...Un Pari(s) moderne émouvant et drôle, un film plein de vie(s) sur le thème de l'Amour.
The Skeleton Key, 1h44
Directed by Iain Softley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about religion
Actors Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Joy Bryant, Forrest Landis
Roles Violet Devereaux
Rating64% 3.2499753.2499753.2499753.2499753.249975
Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) is a New Orleans Hospice Aide who takes the position as caregiver at an isolated plantation house in the bayous of southern Louisiana. The lady of the house, Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands), looks after her husband Benjamin Devereaux (John Hurt), who has had a stroke. With some prompting from the family's estate lawyer, Luke Marshall (Peter Sarsgaard), Caroline accepts the position.
Taking Lives, 1h43
Directed by D.J. Caruso
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Olivier Martinez, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Tchéky Karyo
Roles Mrs. Rebecca Asher
Rating61% 3.0996553.0996553.0996553.0996553.099655
The film opens in early 1980s Canada where teenager Martin Asher (Paul Dano) is seen ambling about a bus station, seemingly uncertain of his destination. He befriends another teen on the bus, Matt Soulsby (Justin Chatwin) and the two talk about their plans for the future. When their bus breaks down, the two acquire a car from a nearby garage. While Martin is driving, a tire blows. Matt struggles to change the tire and Martin comments on how he and Matt are both about the same height, and kicks Matt into the path of an oncoming truck. He is last seen toting Matt's guitar and walking away singing in a voice similar to Matt's.
The Notebook, 2h3
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, James Marsden, Sam Shepard
Roles Allie Calhoun
Rating78% 3.9494053.9494053.9494053.9494053.949405
At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient (Gena Rowlands).
Hysterical Blindness, 1h36
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Uma Thurman, Gena Rowlands, Juliette Lewis, Ben Gazzara, Justin Chambers, Susan Isaacs
Roles Virginia Miller
Rating64% 3.248723.248723.248723.248723.24872
It's 1987 in Bayonne, New Jersey and Debby Miller has just been diagnosed with a condition called hysterical blindness in which there are moments when her sight fades in and out. The doctor tells her to try to have fun with her friends. She and her best friend Beth go to their favorite pub, Ollie's, and try to find a man and have a drink. Beth flirts with the bartender and Debby gets angry with her and decides to go outside. There she meets Rick. He wants little to do with her but she convinces him to walk her to her car. As a 'thank you' she offers to buy him a drink and tells him that she will be at the same bar again tomorrow.
Wild Iris
Wild Iris (2001)
, 1h33
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Gena Rowlands, Laura Linney, Emile Hirsch, Fred Ward, Lee Tergesen, Miguel Sandoval
Roles Minnie Brinn
Rating62% 3.1499953.1499953.1499953.1499953.149995
Une mère et son jeune fils se retrouvent pour travailler ensemble dans l'entreprise familiale.
Paulie
Paulie (1998)
, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Tony Shalhoub, Gena Rowlands, Hallie Eisenberg, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Buddy Hackett
Roles Ivy
Rating64% 3.2482753.2482753.2482753.2482753.248275
The film is a picaresque tale about an intelligent talking blue-crowned conure named Paulie, and his long quest to return to his owner.