Photo of Gena Rowlands Gena Rowlands

The daughter of a state assemblyman, Gena Rowlands was born on June 19, 1930, in Cambria, Wis. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rowlands found success on Broadway and in series television.

Rowlands made her film debut in The High Cost of Loving in 1958, the same year she married legendary director John Cassavetes. She collaborated with Cassavetes on numerous films, starting with A Child Is Waiting in 1963 and 1968's Faces. She went on to earn Oscar nominations for two more Cassavetes films: A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980).

Known for her emotionally raw performances, Rowlands earned Emmy awards for The Betty Ford Story (1987), Face of a Stranger (1991) and Hysterical Blindness (2003). She was given Emmy nods for the moving AIDS drama An Early Frost (1985), Wild Iris and What If God Were the Sun?. Other notable films include Once Around and The Notebook.

Gena Rowlands in The Notebook

The Notebook

2004 PG-13

Two young lovers are torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s in this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel. Their story is told by a man who, years later, reads from a notebook while he visits a woman in a nursing home.

  • Gena Rowlands in The Skeleton Key The Skeleton Key
  • Gena Rowlands in Parts Per Billion Parts Per Billion
  • Gena Rowlands in Tony Rome Tony Rome
  • Gena Rowlands in Something to Talk About Something to Talk About
  • Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence A Woman Under the Influence
  • Gena Rowlands in Paris, Je T'aime Paris, Je T'aime
  • Gena Rowlands in Night on Earth Night on Earth
  • Gena Rowlands in Paulie Paulie
  • Gena Rowlands in Hope Floats Hope Floats
  • Gena Rowlands in Lonely Are the Brave Lonely Are the Brave
  • Gena Rowlands in The Spiral Road The Spiral Road
  • Gena Rowlands in Faces Faces
  • Gena Rowlands in Love Streams Love Streams
  • Gena Rowlands in Once Around Once Around
  • Gena Rowlands in The Life and Art of John Cassavetes The Life and Art of John Cassavetes
  • Gena Rowlands in Taking Lives Taking Lives
  • Gena Rowlands in Light Keeps Me Company Light Keeps Me Company
  • Gena Rowlands in Persepolis Persepolis
  • Gena Rowlands in What If God Were the Sun? What If God Were the Sun?
  • Gena Rowlands in Burke's Law: Season 1: Vol. 2 Burke's Law: Season 1: Vol. 2
  • Gena Rowlands in Two-Minute Warning Two-Minute Warning
  • Gena Rowlands in Opening Night Opening Night
  • Gena Rowlands in Tempest Tempest
  • Gena Rowlands in An Early Frost An Early Frost
  • Gena Rowlands in Hysterical Blindness Hysterical Blindness
  • Gena Rowlands in Broken English Broken English