Gena Rowlands - Actress; was born Virginia Cathryn Rowlands on June 19, 1930 in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Cambria, Wisconsin. Rowlands is best known for her roles in "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) and "Gloria" (1980), for which she received best actress nominations.
Rowlands' father, Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands, was a banker, state legislator and member of the Wisconsin Progressive Party. When he was appointed to a position in the United States Department of Agriculture in 1939, the family moved to Washington, D.C. Edwin was then appointed a branch manager position with the U.S. Office of Price Administration so the family moved back to Wisconsin (Milwaukee).
Although the family later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rowland returned to Madison to attended the University of Wisconsin (1947–50) where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
While at the University of Wisconsin, Rowlands was selected as queen of the 1948 Pre-Military Ball, and was a "Badger Beauty" in 1949 (or 1950?). This was a time when the university yearbook would do a pictorial spread on five co-eds, of which Rowlands was one of the five.
After college, Rowlands moved to New York City to study drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Rowlands' career in theater, TV and film has spanned over 60 years.
Between 1963-1984, Rowlands made ten films with her husband John Cassavetes. For two of those films, "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) and "Gloria" (1980) she recieved Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. (No Wisconsin accent for this actress in these films.).
Awards and nominations include:
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Actress (Stage & Screen)
Above: Gena Rowlands.
Above: Gena Rowlands with her husband, John Cassavetes.
Above: Gena Rowlands in Garrisons Gorillas (1968).
Above: Gena Rowlands as a guest star on the television program Laramie.
Above: A short sequence extracted from the film, "Gloria" (1980) starring Gena Rowlands and directed by her husband John Cassavetes.
Above: Trailer for "A Woman Under the Influence." (1974) starring Gena Rowlands and directed by her husband John Cassavetes.