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Gena Rowlands

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes in 10 films, including A Woman Under the Influence ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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The Notebook
The Notebook Allie Calhoun
The Skeleton Key
The Skeleton Key Violet Devereaux
Night on Earth
Night on Earth Victoria Snelling
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 2016 Unfortunate Circumstances (Short) (completed)
Dr. Cohen
 2012/I Yellow
 2010 NCIS (TV Series)
Joann Fielding
 2007 Persepolis
Marjane's grandmother (English version, voice)
 2006 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Erika Hellman
- Provenance (2006) ... Erika Hellman
 2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (TV Movie)
 2002 Charms for the Easy Life (TV Movie)
Charlie Kate Birch
 2001 Wild Iris (TV Movie)
Minnie Brinn
 2000 The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (TV Movie)
Georgia Porter
 1999 The Weekend
Laura Ponti
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Grace Stiles
 1998 The Mighty
 1998 Paulie
 1998 Best Friends for Life (TV Movie)
Mrs. Harriet Cahill
 1997 She's So Lovely
Miss Jane Green
 1996 Unhook the Stars
 1995 Something to Talk About
Georgia King
 1995 The Neon Bible
Mae Morgan
 1994 Parallel Lives (TV Movie)
Francie Pomerantz
 1992 Crazy in Love (TV Movie)
Honora Swift
 1991 Face of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Pat Foster
 1991 Ted & Venus
Mrs. Turner
 1991 Once Around
Marilyn Bella
 1990 Montana (TV Movie)
Bess Guthrie
 1987 The Betty Ford Story (TV Movie)
Betty Ford
 1987 Light of Day
Jeanette Rasnick
 1985 An Early Frost (TV Movie)
Katherine Pierson
 1985 Nederland C (TV Movie)
Geïnterviewd actrice
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
- Rapunzel (1983) ... Witch
 1983 Thursday's Child (TV Movie)
Victoria Alden
 1982 Tempest
 1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (TV Movie)
Abigail Mason
 1978 The Brink's Job
Mary Pino
 1978 A Question of Love (TV Movie)
Linda Ray Guettner
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Elizabeth Van Wick
- Playback (1975) ... Elizabeth Van Wick
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Lorraine Denby
- The 266 Days (1974) ... Lorraine Denby
 1971-1973 Medical Center (TV Series)
Karen Coberly / Frances Delaney
- Child of Violence (1973) ... Karen Coberly
- The Man in Hiding (1971) ... Frances Delaney
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Kate Lucas
- The Concrete Captain (1972) ... Kate Lucas
 1969 Machine Gun McCain
Rosemary Scott
 1968 Nick Quarry (TV Short)
 1968/I Faces
Jeannie Rapp
 1968 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
- The Frame-Up (1968) ... Duchess
 1967 Tony Rome
Rita Kosterman
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Baroness Ingrid Blangstead
- The Fountain of Youth Affair (1967) ... Baroness Ingrid Blangstead
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Karen Collier
- Beyond the Hill (1967) ... Karen Collier
 1966 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Karen Roberts
- From This Day Forward (1966) ... Karen Roberts
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Charlotte Hyde
- The Rediscovery of Charlotte Hyde (1966) ... Charlotte Hyde
 1963-1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Lois Baxter / Janet Cord
- Won't It Ever Be Morning? (1965) ... Lois Baxter
- One Step Down (1963) ... Janet Cord
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Mitzi Carlisle / Paullette Shane
- Who Killed Annie Foran? (1964) ... Mitzi Carlisle
- Who Killed What's His Name? (1964) ... Paullette Shane
 1962-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Diana Justin / Louise Henderson / Helen Martin
- Murder Case (1964) ... Diana Justin
- The Lonely Hours (1963) ... Louise Henderson
- Ride the Nightmare (1962) ... Helen Martin
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Helen Scott
- To Walk in Grace (1964) ... Helen Scott
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Shelley Osborne Peters
- Heart of Marble, Body of Stone (1963) ... Shelley Osborne Peters
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- It's Mental Work (1963) ... June
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
- No Tears for Savannah (1963) ... Savannah
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ragan Miller
- She Walks in Beauty (1963) ... Ragan Miller
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Barbara Adams
- Flight 307 (1963) ... Barbara Adams
 1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Leslie Kaufman
- A Personal Matter (1963) ... Leslie Kaufman
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Sophie Widdicombe
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Canfield
- Project X (1963) ... Mrs. Canfield
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Jerry Bondi
 1961 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Marian Praisewater
- The Poppy Vendor (1961) ... Marian Praisewater
 1961 The Islanders (TV Series)
Pepper Mint
- Island Witness (1961) ... Pepper Mint
 1960 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
Barbara / Penelope
- Double Trouble (1960) ... Barbara / Penelope
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lucille Jones
- The Doubtful Doctor (1960) ... Lucille Jones
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Dr. Abigail Brent
- The Death-Divers (1960) ... Dr. Abigail Brent
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Rose Traynor
- Guns for Empire (1959) ... Rose Traynor
 1959 Markham (TV Series)
Rita Evans
- The Altar (1959) ... Rita Evans
 1959 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Nina Van Ness
- Fly Baby, Fly (1959) ... Nina Van Ness
 1959 Shadows
Woman in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Laurel DeWalt
- The Run to Tumavaca (1959) ... Laurel DeWalt
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dorothy Dickenson
- The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (1958) ... Dorothy Dickenson (as Gena Rowland)
 1958 The High Cost of Loving
Ginny Fry
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Betty / Eve
- Do It Yourself (1955) ... Eve
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Ashton Buys a Horse (1955) ... Lily
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
- Caribbean Cruise (1955)
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- A Chance at Love (1955) ... Betty
 1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Time for Love (1955) ... Lugene
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1955 The Way of the World (TV Series)
Paula Graves
 1954 Top Secret (TV Series)
- This Man Is Death (1954) ... Powell
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DVD commentary: Provided commentary for the Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD release of Minnie and Moskowitz (1971). See more »

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2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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[on her role in A Woman Under the Influence (1974)] I knew many girls who had had breakdowns. I drew little touches from each of them and a lot from myself. I don't mean I'm really going mad, but I'm a little crazy - we all are - and sometimes I let things go. See more »


As of 2013, she is one of six women who has received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance directed by her spouse. She is the only one who has received two such nominations, for A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980) (both directed by John Cassavetes). The other five are Elisabeth Bergner for Escape Me Never (1935) (directed by Paul Czinner), Jean Simmons for The Happy ... See more »

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