Gena Rowlands Biography

Updated On Jun 12, 2019 Published On May 22, 2016
Facts of Gena Rowlands
Date of Birth: 1930 , June-19
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
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On 9th of April 1954, Gena got married to John Cassavetes. John Cassavetes was an actor. He was also renowned in the film industry as a film director and screenwriter. They had three children together. They were together until his death. He died of cirrhosis of the liver when he was aged 59.

Early Life, Education

Gena was born and raised in an upper-middle-class family. Her father was a banker and state legislator. In 1939, he was chosen in the United States Department of Agriculture. While she was in Arlington, Virginia, she joined Washington-Lee High School and she graduated from there in 1947.

After her high school graduation, she joined the University of Wisconsin where she studied for about three years. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with a major in drama and arts.

Personal Life: Married to Gena Rowlands

John was married to Gena Rowlands, an American actress. He was married to Gena from 1954 to 1989.

Later, in 2001, she tied the knot with retired businessman Robert Forrest. Her nationality is American.

Professional Life: Movies, TV Shows

She has been active as an actress since the early 1950s. She made her acting debut from Provincetown Playhouse by starring in the play. She also appeared in the Broadway The Seven Year Itch. In 1954, she made her TV debut by appearing in the TV series Top Secret.

The following year, she starred in the TV series like Robert Montgomery Presents, Appointment with Adventure and so on. She rose to fame in the mid-1970s after she portrayed the role of Mabel Longhetti in the movie A Woman Under the Influence.

For the film, she got her first Oscar Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination. She was honored with the later one for this role.

In the late 1970s, she appeared in several movies. In 1998, she portrayed the role of Hannah in the movie Playing by Heart and for this role, she earned the salary of $60,000. Lately, in 2014, she appeared as Lily Harrison in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.

What is John Cassavetes' Net Worth?

As of 2019, the late actor John owns a net worth of around $100K-1M (Approx.). She lives in Los Angeles in 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 4,305 square feet home, built in 1940.

For playing the role of Hannah in the movie Playing by Heart, he charged a salary of around $60,000.

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Born in Madison, Wisconsin, United States

June 19 , 1930

Talented and industrious lady, Gena Rowlands was born Virginia Cathryn Rowlands in the early 1930s in Madison, Wisconsin, United States of American. She was born to Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands and Lady Rowlands. She has Welsh descent.

Graduated from Washington-Lee High School

1947

Gena was born and raised in the upper middle class family. While she was in Arlington, Virginia, she joined Washington-Lee High School and she graduated from there in 1947. She was popular in her school for her stunning beauty. 

Joined University of Wisconsin

1947

 After her high school graduation, she joined University of Wisconsin where she studied for about three years. She also attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts with a major in drama and arts. She studied acting and dramas for several years. 

Began her acting career

1954

She has been active as an actress since the early 1950s. She made her acting debut from Provincetown Playhouse by starring in the play. She also appeared in the Broadway The Seven Year Itch. In 1954, she made her TV debut by appearing in the TV series Top Secret.

Appeared in Middle of the Night

1956

In 1955, she starred in the TV series like Robert Montgomery Presents, Appointment with Adventure and so on. Next year, she appeared in the TV series Middle of the Night. At the end of 1950s, she starred in NBC detective series Johnny Staccato.

Married to John Cassavetes

April 9 , 1954

On 9th of April 1954, Gena got married to John Cassavetes. John Cassavetes was an actor. He was also renowned in the film industry as a film director and screenwriter. From this married life, they had three children together. 

Directed A Child Is Waiting

1963

As her late husband John Cassavetes was also a film director, she also directed several movies with him. In 1963, she directed an American drama film A Child Is Waiting. She is also famous for being the director of the movie Faces. 

Appeared in an American drama movie, A Woman Under the Influence

1974

She got her rise in fame in the mid 1970s after she starred the role of Mabel Longhetti in the movie A Woman Under the Influence. For this role, she got her first nomination in Oscar award and Golden Globes, USA. 

First child, Nick Cassavetes

May 21 , 1959

An American actor and movie director, Nick Cassavetes is her first child. He was born on 21st of May 1959 in New York City, New York, United States. His father is later American actor and director John Cassavetes.

Second child, Alexandra Cassavetes

September 21 , 1965

She became mother for the second time in her life in 1965. She and her late husband John Cassavetes welcomed their second child together on 21st of September and that time it was a daughter and they named her Alexandra Cassavetes.

Third child, Zoe Cassavetes

June 29 , 1970

A beautiful and multi talented lady, Zoe Cassavetes is the third child of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Zoe Cassavetes was born on 29th of June 1970 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She is an actress as well as a film director. 

Her husband died

February 3 , 1989

She tied her married knot with love of her life John Cassavetes in the early 1954. Together they lived for about three and half decades and welcomed three children. In the early 1989, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and he died on 3rd of February 1989. 

Won Golden Globes, USA

1975

In 1975, he got his first nomination in Golden Globes, USA. He was also honored with this award that year for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. He has also been honored with this award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. 

Won Academy Awards, USA

2016

Academy Awards, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and it’s an honor if any one wins this award. She has also once been honored with this award and that was in 2016. She has been nominated in this award for three times.