Gena Rowlands Biography (1930?-)

Full name, Virginia Cathryn Rowlands; born June 19, 1930 (sources also say 1934 and 1936), in Cambria, WI (one source says Madison, WI); daughter of EdwinMerwin (a banker and state senator) and Mary Allen (a painter; maiden name,Neal) Rowlands; married John Cassavetes (actor, director, producer, and writer), March 19, 1958 (one source says 1954; died February 3, 1989); children: Nicholas (an actor and director), Alexandra, Zoe. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: 7917 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90046; 11365 Ventura Blvd., #100, Studio City, CA 91604.

Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
June 19, 1930?
Cambria, Wisconsin

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Virginia Fry, The High Cost of Loving, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • Jerri Bondi, Lonely Are the Brave (also known as Last Hero), Universal, 1962
  • Sophie Widdicombe, A Child Is Waiting, United Artists, 1962
  • Els, The Spiral Road, Universal, 1962
  • Rita Kosterman, Tony Rome, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Jeannie Rapp, Faces, Continental, 1968
  • The Vatican Affair, 1968
  • Rosemary Scott, Gli Intoccabili (also known as Machine Gun McCain), Columbia, 1969
  • The Happy Ending, 1969
  • At Any Price, 1970
  • Minnie Moore, Minnie and Moskowitz, Universal, 1971
  • Mabel Longhetti, A Woman under the Influence, Faces International,1974
  • Janet, Two-Minute Warning, Universal, 1976
  • Myrtle Gordon, Opening Night, 1977
  • Mary Pino, The Brink's Job (also known as Big Stickup at Brink's), Universal, 1978
  • One Summer Night, 1979
  • Gloria Swenson (title role), Gloria, Columbia, 1980
  • Antonia Dimitrious, Tempest, Columbia, 1982
  • Herself, "I'm Almost Not Crazy ... " John Cassavetes: The Man and HisWork, 1983
  • Sarah Lawson, Love Streams, Cannon, 1984
  • Jeanette Rasnick, Light of Day, TriStar, 1987
  • Marion Post, Another Woman, Orion, 1988
  • Victoria Snelling, Night on Earth, Fine Line, 1991
  • Marilyn Bella, Once Around, Universal, 1991
  • Victoria Snelling, Night on Earth, Fine Line, 1991
  • Mrs. Turner, Linda's mother, Ted & Venus, Double Helix Films,1991
  • Georgia King, Something to Talk About (also known as Grace under Pressure), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Aunt Mae, The Neon Bible (also known as La Biblia de neon),Strand Releasing, 1995
  • Anything for John (also known as Cassavetes: Anything for John), 1995
  • Mildred "Millie" Hawks, Unhook the Stars (also known as Decroche les etoiles), Miramax, 1996
  • Miss Green, She's So Lovely (also known as Call It Love), Miramax, 1997
  • Ivy, Paulie, DreamWorks, 1998
  • Ramona Calvert, Hope Floats, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Susan "Gram" Pinneman, The Mighty, Miramax, 1998
  • Hannah, Playing by Heart, Miramax, 1998
  • Laura Ponti, The Weekend, Strand Releasing, 2000
  • Herself, Ljuset haaller mig saellskap (documentary; also known asLight Keeps Me Company), 2000
  • Herself, A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Powell, Top Secret U.S.A. (also known as Top Secret), syndicated, 1954
  • Teddy Carella, 87th Precinct, NBC, 1961-1962
  • Adrienne Van Leyden, Peyton Place, ABC, 1967-1968
  • Movies
  • Linda Ray Guettner, A Question of Love (also known as A PurelyLegal Matter), ABC, 1978
  • Abigail Mason, Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (alsoknown as Strangers), CBS, 1979
  • Victoria Alden, Thursday's Child, CBS, 1983
  • Katherine Pierson, An Early Frost, NBC, 1985
  • Title role, The Betty Ford Story, ABC, 1987
  • Bess Guthrie, Montana, TNT, 1990
  • Pat Foster, Face of a Stranger (also known as My Shadow), CBS, 1991
  • Honora, Crazy in Love, TNT, 1992
  • Dr. Peggy Sutherland, Silent Cries (also known as Guests of theEmperor), NBC, 1993
  • Francie Pomerantz, Parallel Lives, 1994
  • Mrs. Harriet Cahill, Best Friends for Life, CBS, 1998
  • Grace Stiles, Grace and Glorie, CBS, 1998
  • Georgia Porter, The Color of Love: Jacey's Story, 2000
  • Black Iris, 2001
  • Specials
  • Herself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Brooke Shields, Lifetime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "The Great Gatsby," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1955
  • "Do It Yourself," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1955
  • "Time for Love," Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC, 1955
  • "A Chance at Love," Studio One, CBS, 1955
  • "The Pirate's House," Appointment with Adventure, CBS, 1955
  • "Ashton Buys a Horse," United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1955
  • "The Expendable House," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1955
  • "The Ways of Courage," Pond's Theatre, ABC, 1955
  • "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1958
  • "The Run to Tumavaca," Laramie, NBC, 1959
  • "Fly, Baby, Fly," Johnny Staccato (also known as Staccato),NBC, 1959
  • "The Altar," Markham, CBS, 1959
  • "Guns for Empire," Riverboat, NBC, 1959
  • "The Death-Divers," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1960
  • Lucille Jones, "The Doubtful Doctor," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1960
  • "Double Trouble," The Tab Hunter Show, NBC, 1960
  • "Island Witness," The Islanders, ABC, 1961
  • Marian Praisewater, "The Poppy Vendor," Target: The Corrupters, ABC, 1961
  • "A Personal Matter," The Lloyd Bridges Show, CBS, 1963
  • "Project X," The Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1963
  • Louise Henderson, "The Lonely Hours," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1963
  • "Flight 307," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1963
  • "No Tears for Savannah," The Virginian, NBC, 1963
  • Helen Martin, "Ride the Nightmare," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1963
  • "One Step Down," Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1963
  • "Heart of Marble, Body of Stone," Breaking Point, ABC, 1963
  • "It's Mental Work," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1963
  • "Who Killed Victor Barrows?" Burke's Law, ABC, 1963
  • "She Walks in Beauty," Bonanza, NBC, 1963
  • Diana Justin, "Murder Case," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1964
  • "To Walk in Grace," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1964
  • Lois Baxter, "Won't It Ever Be Morning?" Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1964
  • "Who Killed Annie Foran?" Burke's Law, ABC, 1964
  • "Who Killed What's His Name?" Burke's Law, ABC, 1964
  • "The Rediscovery of Charlotte Hyde," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1965
  • "From This Day Forward," The Long, Hot Summer, ABC, 1966
  • "Beyond the Hill," The Road West, NBC, 1966
  • "The Fountain of Youth Affair," The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1967
  • Duchess, "The Frame-Up," Garrison's Gorillas, ABC, 1968
  • "The Man in Hiding," Medical Center, CBS, 1971
  • "The Concrete Captain," Ghost Story, NBC, 1971
  • Karen Coberly, "Child of Violence," Medical Center, CBS, 1973
  • "The 266 Days," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1974
  • Elizabeth Van Wick, "Playback," Columbo, NBC, 1975
  • The Wicked Queen, "Rapunzel," Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime, 1983
  • Actors on Acting, PBS, 1984
  • Champlin on Film, Bravo, 1989
  • Also appeared in Philco Playhouse, NBC; Danger, CBS; Suspense, CBS; Martin Kane, NBC.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Mistress of ceremonies, All about Love, Versailles Night Club Theatre, New York City, 1951
  • (Broadway debut; first as understudy, then assumed role) The Girl, TheSeven Year Itch, New York City, 1952
  • Dangerous Corners, off-Broadway production, 1953
  • Betty Price, The Middle of the Night, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), New York City, 1956-1957
  • Also performed in stock companies, 1951-53, and at the Provincetown Playhouse.
  • Major Tours
  • The Girl, The Seven Year Itch, U.S. cities, 1953
  • Also toured in Time Out for Ginger, U.S. cities.

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