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      Gena Rowlands

      Gena Rowlands

      Highest Rated: 100% Love Streams (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 22% Taking Lives (2004)

      Birthday: Jun 19, 1930

      Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, USA

      When actor Gena Rowlands arrived in Hollywood in the 1950s, she could easily have opted to take the Hollywood starlet route. But she shared a creative vision with filmmaker and husband John Cassavetes; preferring instead to use her stunning, camera-loving facial features and natural acting style in unglamorous roles in groundbreaking independent films that launched an entire movement. Devoted to the idea of unearthing complex human emotions rather than painting characters with a one-dimensional Hollywood brush, Rowlands was a key factor in Cassavetes' low budget, documentary-style dramas "Faces" (1968), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) and "Opening Night" (1977). Whether playing a suburban housewife or a successful entertainer, Rowlands took risks with unconventional characters who dared to look inwards and question the unfulfilled promises of the status quo. From her acclaimed, Oscar-nominated roles on the 1970s art house circuit, Rowlands spent her later career lending authenticity to more mainstream fare, with Golden Globe and Emmy-winning roles as eccentric mothers and middle-aged women in crisis in television movies and theatrical releases.

      Highest rated movies

      Love Streams
      Opening Night
      Gloria
      Lonely Are the Brave
      A Child Is Waiting
      A Woman Under the Influence
      Paris, je t'aime
      Faces

      Photos

      MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, 1971 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, 1971 GLORIA, Gena Rowlands, John Adames, 1980, (c) Columbia THE MIGHTY, Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, Gillian Anderson, Sharon Stone, 1998, (c) Miramax GLORIA, Gena Rowlands, 1980, (c) Columbia A CHILD IS WAITING, Gena Rowlands, Lawrence Tierney, 1963 TONY ROME, Gene Rowlands, 1967, (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. TM & Copyright THE NEON BIBLE, Gena Rowlands, 1995. ©Strand Releasing A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, 1974 THE MIGHTY, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Stone, Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin, 1998, (c) Miramax GLORIA, Gena Rowlands, John Adames, 1980 THE SPIRAL ROAD, Gena Rowlands, Burl Ives, 1962 LONELY ARE THE BRAVE, from left: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, 1962 OPENING NIGHT, Gena Rowlands, 1979 GLORIA, John Adames, Gena Rowlands, on set, 1980. ©Columbia Pictures GLORIA, Gena Rowlands, 1980 THE SPIRAL ROAD, Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands, 1962 THE SPIRAL ROAD, Gena Rowlands, Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, 1962 LOVE STREAMS, Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, 1984.©Cannon Films LONELY ARE THE BRAVE, Gena Rowlands, 1962

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      55% 56% Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Lily Harrison (Character) $12.5K 2014
      No Score Yet 14% Parts Per Billion Esther (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 33% Yellow Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Olive Tess M Powell (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 50% What if God Were the Sun? Melissa Eisenbloom (Character) - 2007
      64% 62% Broken English Vivien Wilder-Mann (Character) $955.6K 2007
      86% 84% Paris, je t'aime Gena (Character),
      Writer
      $4.9M 2006
      37% 58% The Skeleton Key Violet Devereaux (Character) $47.8M 2005
      54% 85% The Notebook Allie Calhoun (Character) $81.0M 2004
      22% 54% Taking Lives Mrs. Asher (Character) $32.7M 2004
      No Score Yet 67% The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Mrs. Evelyn Ritchie (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 78% Charms for the Easy Life Charlie Kate Birch (Character) - 2002
      75% 63% Hysterical Blindness Virginia Miller (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Iris Minnie Brinn (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Georgia Porter (Character) - 2000
      50% No Score Yet The Weekend Laura Ponti (Character) $31.4K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Friends for Life Mrs. Harriet Cahill (Character) - 1998
      75% 79% The Mighty Susan 'Gram' Pinneman (Character) $2.6M 1998
      27% 72% Hope Floats Ramona Calvert (Character) $60.0M 1998
      60% 79% Playing by Heart Hannah (Character) $4.0M 1998
      62% 55% Paulie Ivy (Character) $27.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grace & Glorie Grace Stiles (Character) - 1998
      66% 61% She's So Lovely Miss Jane Green (Character) $7.3M 1997
      81% 47% Unhook the Stars Mildred 'Millie' Hawks (Character) $285.5K 1996
      55% 46% The Neon Bible Aunt Mae (Character) $5.0K 1995
      39% 52% Something to Talk About Georgia King (Character) $49.7M 1995
      No Score Yet 87% Parallel Lives Francie Pomerantz (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Cries Peggy Sutherland (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 27% Crazy in Love Honora Swift (Character) - 1992
      76% 91% Night on Earth Victoria Snelling (Character) $2.0M 1992
      67% 73% Once Around Marilyn Bella (Character) $14.3M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ted and Venus Mrs. Turner (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 67% Face of a Stranger Pat Foster (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Montana Bess Guthrie (Character) - 1990
      59% 75% Another Woman Marion Post (Character) $499.5K 1988
      53% 54% Light of Day Jeanette Rasnick (Character) $9.1M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Betty Ford Story Betty Ford (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 72% An Early Frost Katherine Pierson (Character) - 1985
      100% 88% Love Streams Sarah Lawson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thursday's Child Victoria Alden (Character) - 1983
      55% 73% Tempest Antonia Dimitrius (Character) - 1982
      93% 79% Gloria Gloria Swenson (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 17% Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Abigail Mason (Character) - 1979
      70% 56% The Brink's Job Mary Pino (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Love Linda Ray Guettner (Character) - 1978
      96% 90% Opening Night Myrtle Gordon (Character) $10.5K 1977
      29% 43% Two Minute Warning Janet (Character) - 1976
      89% 91% A Woman Under the Influence Mabel Longhetti (Character) - 1974
      81% 85% Minnie and Moskowitz Minnie Moore (Character) - 1971
      80% 37% Machine Gun McCain Rosemary Scott (Character) - 1969
      85% 87% Faces Jeannie Rapp (Character) - 1968
      63% 59% Tony Rome Rita Kosterman (Character) - 1967
      92% 74% A Child Is Waiting Sophie Widdicombe (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 27% The Spiral Road Els (Character) - 1962
      93% 85% Lonely Are the Brave Jerry Bondi (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Cost of Loving Ginny Fry (Character) - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Joann Fielding (Guest Star) 2010
      91% 89% Monk Marge Johnson (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Elizabeth Van Wick (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Lorraine Denby (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Peyton Place Adrienne Van Leyden (Character) 1964-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Savannah (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Barbara Adams (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Leslie Kaufman (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lucille Jones (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Laurel DeWalt (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour .Lily (Character) 1955