Birth name Virginia Cathryn Rowlands NationalityUSA Birth 19 june 1930 (93 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.
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.
, 1h38 OriginUSA GenresDrama, Science fiction, Romance ThemesFilms about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films ActorsJosh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Gena Rowlands, Penn Badgley Roles Esther Rating43% 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.
, 1h37 Directed byZoe Cassavetes OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance ActorsParker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo, Justin Theroux, Peter Bogdanovich, Tim Guinee Roles Vivien Wilder-Mann Rating62% 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.
, 1h35 Directed byMarjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud OriginFrance GenresDrama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Animation ThemesFilms about children, Films about religion, Political films, Children's films ActorsChiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, François Jérosme, Gena Rowlands Roles Grandmother Rating79% 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.
, 1h25 OriginUSA GenresDrama ActorsLacey Chabert, Sam Trammell, Sarah Rafferty, Klea Scott, Amanda Brugel, Kim Roberts Roles Melissa Eisenbloom Rating61% 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.
, 1h43 Directed byD.J. Caruso OriginUSA GenresDrama, Thriller, Action, Crime ThemesMedical-themed films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry ActorsAngelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Olivier Martinez, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Tchéky Karyo Roles Mrs. Rebecca Asher Rating62% 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.
, 1h36 Directed byMira Nair OriginUSA GenresDrama, Romance ActorsUma Thurman, Gena Rowlands, Juliette Lewis, Ben Gazzara, Justin Chambers, Susan Isaacs Roles Virginia Miller Rating64% 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.
, 2h1 Directed byWillard Carroll OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance ActorsGillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, April Grace, Sean Connery, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Edwards Roles Hannah Rating69% Among the characters are a mature couple about to renew their vows (Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands); a woman (Gillian Anderson) who accepts a date offer from a stranger (Jon Stewart); a gay man dying of AIDS (Jay Mohr) and his mother (Ellen Burstyn) who has struggled to accept him; two clubbers who meet in a nightclub (Ryan Phillippe and Angelina Jolie); a couple having an affair (Anthony Edwards and Madeleine Stowe) and a man (Dennis Quaid) who tells his tragic life story to a woman he meets in a bar (Patricia Clarkson), but seems to have a strange connection to another mysterious woman. As the film continues and the stories evolve, the connections between the characters become evident. Kellie Waymire, Nastassja Kinski, Alec Mapa, Amanda Peet and Michael Emerson also have roles in the film.