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Gena Rowlands

Highest Rated:   100% Love Streams (1984)
Lowest Rated:   22% Taking Lives (2004)
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Birthplace:   Madison, Wisconsin, USA
An alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Wisconsin-born actress Gena Rowlands entered the Broadway talent pool in 1952. From 1955 through 1957, the blonde, frosty-eyed actress co-starred with Edward G. Robinson in the original Broadway production of Middle of the Night. She also did plenty of Manhattan-based television during this period, including a recurring role on the forgotten syndicated series Top Secret U.S.A. Rowlands made her first film, The High Cost of Loving, in 1958, the same year that she married legendary actor/director John Cassavetes. The excellent response to her performance as the deaf-mute wife of a detective on the 1961 TV series 87th Precinct sparked a grass-roots campaign to have Rowlands appear on the series on a weekly basis, but her film commitments were such that she couldn't be confined to any one part for very long. Always a capable leading lady, Rowlands blossomed into full stardom in the films directed by her husband. She first collaborated with him on A Child Is Waiting (1963) and then starred as a prostitute in his 1968 film Faces. Rowlands went on to earn Oscar nominations for her work in two of her husband's other films, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980).After Cassavetes' death in 1989, Rowlands took a two-year sabbatical from films, returning to play Holly Hunter's mother -- and Richard Dreyfuss' mother-in-law -- in Once Around (1991). That same year, she appeared as a casting agent in Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth. After starring in such films as 1995's The Neon Bible and Something to Talk About (the latter of which featured her as the "steel magnolia" wife of Robert Duvall and mother of Julia Roberts), Rowlands stepped in front the camera for her son Nick Cassavetes' 1996 directorial debut, Unhook the Stars. The actress turned in a strong performance as a matriarch experiencing various life upheavals, and the following year again collaborated with her son in his romantic comedy She's So Lovely. Rowlands continued to stay busy with work for other directors, appearing in no less than three films in 1998. Particularly notable appearances included her role as Sean Connery's estranged wife in Playing by Heart and her portrayal of the grandmother of a disabled boy in The Mighty. In addition to her film work, Rowlands has earned considerable acclaim for her television roles. In 1985, she earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the powerful AIDS drama An Early Frost, and has won Emmys for her performances in The Betty Ford Story (1987) and Face of a Stranger (1991).At the beginning of the 21st century Rowlands continued to work steadily racking up credits in a variety of projects including Wild Iris, Hysterical Blindness, and Taking Lives. IN 2004 she acted again for her son in the cult hit The Notebook, and she followed that up with a role in the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key. In 2007 she provided one of the voices in the well-reviewed Persepolis, and after a five-year hiatus from screens she returned in yet another project directed by her son, the quirky psychological drama Yellow.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks
  • Lilly Harrison
$74.1k 2014
No Score Yet Parts Per Billion
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Yellow
  • Actor
2012
96% Persepolis
  • (English Version)
$4.5M 2007
25% Slipstream
  • Bette
2007
64% Broken English
  • Vivien Wilder-Mann
$0.9M 2007
No Score Yet What If God Were the Sun?
  • Melissa
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Screenwriter
  • Gena
$4.9M 2007
38% The Skeleton Key
  • Violet Devereaux
$47.8M 2005
52% The Notebook
  • Allie
$81M 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie
  • Mrs. Ritchie
2004
22% Taking Lives
  • Mrs. Asher
$32.7M 2004
No Score Yet Charms for the Easy Life
  • Charlie Kate
2002
70% Hysterical Blindness
  • Virginia
2002
83% Light Keeps Me Company
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Wild Iris
  • Min Brinn
2001
50% The Weekend
  • Laura
2000
60% Playing by Heart
  • Hannah
1998
75% The Mighty
  • Gram
1998
24% Hope Floats
  • Ramona Calvert
$60.1M 1998
62% Paulie
  • Ivy
1998
No Score Yet Grace & Glorie
  • Grace Stiles
1998
66% She's So Lovely
  • Miss Green
1997
82% Unhook the Stars
  • Mildred
1996
60% The Neon Bible
  • Aunt Mae
1996
37% Something to Talk About
  • Georgia King
1995
No Score Yet Parallel Lives
  • Francie Pomerantz
1994
No Score Yet Crazy In Love
  • Honora
1992
No Score Yet Face of a Stranger
  • Pat Foster
1991
No Score Yet Ted & Venus
  • Mrs. Turner
1991
73% Night on Earth
  • Victoria
1991
No Score Yet Le Dernier Cow-Boy
  • Bess
1990
68% Once Around
  • Marilyn Bella
1990
67% Another Woman
  • Marion Post
1988
58% Light of Day
  • Jeanette Rasnick
1987
No Score Yet An Early Frost
  • Katherine Pierson
1985
100% Love Streams
  • Sarah Lawson
1984
No Score Yet I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Thursday's Child
  • Victoria Alden
1983
71% Tempest
  • Antonia Dimitrius
1982
95% Gloria
  • Gloria Swenson
1980
No Score Yet Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
  • Abigail Mason
1979
No Score Yet The Brink's Job
  • Mary Pino
1978
No Score Yet A Question of Love
  • Actor
1978
92% Opening Night
  • Myrtle Gordon
1977
30% Two Minute Warning
  • Actor
1976
95% A Woman Under the Influence
  • Mabel Longhetti
1975
83% Minnie and Moskowitz
  • Minnie Moore
1972
No Score Yet Machine Gun McCain
  • Rosemary Scott
1970
89% Faces
  • Jeannie
1968
60% Tony Rome
  • Rita Neilson Kosterman
1967
91% A Child Is Waiting
  • Sophie Widdicombe / Benham
1963
No Score Yet The Spiral Road
  • Els
1962
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • Jerry Bondi
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Joann Fielding
  • 2010
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Erika Hellman
  • 2006

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