Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands ( born June 19, 1930 in Madison, Wisconsin, Virginia Cathryn Rowlands actually ) is an American actress.

Family and Youth

Gena Rowlands was born as the daughter of the banker Edwyn Myrwyn Rowlands and his wife, the painter Mary Allen Neal and grew up in Cambria, Wisconsin. In 1939 Edwyn Rowlands to Washington, D.C. appointed to a political office, and the family followed him. Three years later the family moved to the state of Minnesota to Minneapolis.

Gena Rowlands attended Lee High School and then studied at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she completed a classical drama at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

In 1954 she married John Cassavetes, whom she met at the Academy in New York. The couple has three children together, which are also active in the film business. Nick Cassavetes has followed in the footsteps of his father and also a director. Alexandra and Zoe R. Cassavetes Katherine are both actresses and directors. Rowlands and Cassavetes remained together until his death in 1989.


She made her stage debut Gena Rowlands in New York's Provincetown Playhouse, where she started as a cloakroom attendant. By the end of the 1950s she played exclusively at the theater, including on Broadway. Your screen debut as a contract actress of MGM in 1958 in José Ferrer High Cost of Loving.

After her marriage with John Cassavetes Rowlands was often seen in his films, including A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria, the gangsters Bride ( 1980), which earned her Academy Award nominations. A total of ten joint productions in which often other family members as Rowlands mother and her brother David were involved emerged.

Her son Nick Cassavetes occupied the actress also present in several of his films, for example in Let's call it love, with whom he filmed a screenplay of his deceased father, and a light in my heart. In 2009 she received for her guest appearance as a margin in the series Monk ( episode: Mr. Monk And The Lady Next Door ) its eighth Emmy nomination. In 2011 she was the first smartphone feature film Olive rotated in front of the camera.

Filmography (selection)