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Gena Rowlands

Biography

Actress who was simply nominated for Academy Honours for Best Celebrity on her behalf leading roles within the 1974 film A FEMALE Under the Impact as well as the 1980 film Gloria. She performed Allie Calhoun within the passionate theatre The Notebook. She analyzed in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NEW YORK. Her role because the name character within the Betty Ford Tale in 1987 gained her a Primetime Emmy and Golden World Award for Greatest Actress inside a Miniseries. She was wedded to movie director John Cassavetes from 1954 to 1989 as well as the few had three kids collectively. She starred with Peter Falk in A FEMALE Under the Impact.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gena Rowlands
Date Of Birth June 19, 1930
Place Of Birth Madison, WI
Height 1.68 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Robert Forrest, John Cassavetes
Children Nick Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, Alexandra Cassavetes
Parents Lady Rowlands, Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands
Siblings David Rowlands
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama, Satellite Mary Pickford Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Movies The Notebook, A Woman Under the Influence, Gloria, Opening Night, Love Streams, The Skeleton Key, Hope Floats, Night on Earth, Minnie and Moskowitz, Taking Lives, Unhook the Stars, A Child Is Waiting, Playing by Heart, Something to Talk About, Paris, I Love You, Lonely Are the Brave, Paulie, Hysterical Blindness, Once Around, Broken English, An Early Frost, Faces, The Mighty, She's So Lovely, Two-Minute Warning, Persepolis, Another Woman, Tony Rome, The Neon Bible, Machine Gun McCain, Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter, Tempest, The Betty Ford Story, Light of Day, Parts per Billion, The High Cost of Loving, The Spiral Road, The Brink's Job, What If God Were the Sun?, The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, A Question of Love, Charms for the Easy Life, The Color of Love: Jacey's Story, Ted & Venus, Thursday's Child, Parallel Lives, Shadows, Yellow, Silent Cries, Face of a Stranger, Wild Iris
TV Shows Peyton Place, 87th Precinct
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Was pregnant with daughter Xan Cassavetes during the filming of Faces.
2Saw Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel 38 times while ushering in theater in New York in her early twenties. Has been a fan of Dietrich's ever since.
3Nicknamed "Golden Girl" by her late husband, John Cassavetes, because of her blonde hair.
4She played the sister of her real life husband John Cassavetes in Love Streams (1984).
5She and her real life mother Lady Rowlands played daughter and mother in two films together, Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). They also appeared together in Opening Night (1977), although did not portray daughter and mother in that film.
6Her father was of Welsh descent. Her mother had English ancestry.
7Sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity.
8Graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, class of 1947. Other alumni include Forrest Tucker, Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty and Sandra Bullock.
9Pedro Almodóvar dedicated his movie All About My Mother (1999) to her, Bette Davis and Romy Schneider.
10Mother-in-law of Heather Wahlquist.
11Daughter of Lady Rowlands.
12Grandmother of Sasha Cassavetes and Virginia Cassavetes.
13As 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 Ending (1969) (directed by Richard Brooks), Frances McDormand for Fargo (1996) (directed by Joel Coen), Julie Andrews for Victor Victoria (1982) (directed by Blake Edwards), and Joanne Woodward for Rachel, Rachel (1968) (directed by Paul Newman). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in a Best Actress Oscar nominated performance (Never on Sunday (1960)), but they weren't married yet at the time of the nomination.
14Favorite actress of Maggie Gyllenhaal.
15Has suppressed the first version of her husband's (John Cassavetes) film Shadows (1959) and will neither allow it to be shown, nor acknowledge its existence.
16Name rhymes with henna.
17Her performance as Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) is ranked #63 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
18Sister of David Rowlands.
19She and John Cassavetes made 10 movies together: A Child Is Waiting (1963), Faces (1968), Gloria (1980), Love Streams (1984), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), Opening Night (1977), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Machine Gun McCain (1969), Two-Minute Warning (1976) and Tempest (1982).
20Mother of Nick Cassavetes, Xan Cassavetes and Zoe R. Cassavetes .
21Attended the University of Wisconsin from 1947 to 1950, when she left for New York City to study drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
22Born to Edwyn Myrwyn Rowlands, a banker and a state legislator (Assembly, 1927-1935; Senate, 1935-1939), and his wife Mary Allen Neal, a painter, she was raised in Cambria, Wisconsin, until her father was appointed to a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1939. After the Washington years, the family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1942.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unfortunate Circumstances2016Short completedDr. Cohen
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks2014Lily Harrison
Parts Per Billion2014Esther
Yellow2012/IMimi
Olive2011Tess M Powell
NCIS2010TV SeriesJoann Fielding
Monk2009TV SeriesMarge Johnson
Persepolis2007Marjane's grandmother (English version, voice)
What If God Were the Sun?2007TV MovieMelissa Eisenbloom
Broken English2007Vivien Wilder-Mann
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesErika Hellman
Paris, je t'aime2006Gena (segment "Quartier Latin")
The Skeleton Key2005Violet Devereaux
The Notebook2004Allie Calhoun
Taking Lives2004Mrs. Asher
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie2003TV MovieMrs. Evelyn Ritchie
Charms for the Easy Life2002TV MovieCharlie Kate Birch
Hysterical Blindness2002TV MovieVirginia Miller
Wild Iris2001TV MovieMinnie Brinn
The Color of Love: Jacey's Story2000TV MovieGeorgia Porter
The Weekend1999Laura Ponti
Playing by Heart1998Hannah
Grace & Glorie1998TV MovieGrace Stiles
Hope Floats1998Ramona Calvert
The Mighty1998Gram
Paulie1998Ivy
Best Friends for Life1998TV MovieMrs. Harriet Cahill
She's So Lovely1997Miss Jane Green
Unhook the Stars1996Mildred 'Millie' Hawks
Something to Talk About1995Georgia King
The Neon Bible1995Mae Morgan
Parallel Lives1994TV MovieFrancie Pomerantz
Silent Cries1993Peggy Sutherland
Crazy in Love1992TV MovieHonora Swift
Face of a Stranger1991TV MoviePat Foster
Ted & Venus1991Mrs. Turner
Night on Earth1991Victoria Snelling
Once Around1991Marilyn Bella
Montana1990TV MovieBess Guthrie
Another Woman1988Marion
The Betty Ford Story1987TV MovieBetty Ford
Light of Day1987Jeanette Rasnick
An Early Frost1985TV MovieKatherine Pierson
Nederland C1985TV MovieGeïnterviewd actrice
Love Streams1984Sarah Lawson
Faerie Tale Theatre1983TV SeriesWitch
Thursday's Child1983TV MovieVictoria Alden
Tempest1982Antonia
Gloria1980Gloria Swenson
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter1979TV MovieAbigail Mason
The Brink's Job1978Mary Pino
A Question of Love1978TV MovieLinda Ray Guettner
Opening Night1977Myrtle Gordon
Two-Minute Warning1976Janet
Columbo1975TV SeriesElizabeth Van Wick
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesLorraine Denby
A Woman Under the Influence1974Mabel Longhetti
Medical Center1971-1973TV SeriesKaren Coberly / Frances Delaney
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesKate Lucas
Minnie and Moskowitz1971Minnie Moore
Machine Gun McCain1969Rosemary Scott
Nick Quarry1968TV Short
Faces1968/IJeannie Rapp
Garrison's Gorillas1968TV SeriesDuchess
Peyton Place1967TV SeriesAdrienne Van Leyden
Tony Rome1967Rita Kosterman
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesBaroness Ingrid Blangstead
The Road West1967TV SeriesKaren Collier
The Long, Hot Summer1966TV SeriesKaren Roberts
Run for Your Life1966TV SeriesCharlotte Hyde
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963-1965TV SeriesLois Baxter / Janet Cord
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesMitzi Carlisle / Paullette Shane
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962-1964TV SeriesDiana Justin / Louise Henderson / Helen Martin
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesHelen Scott
Breaking Point1963TV SeriesShelley Osborne Peters
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesJune
The Virginian1963TV SeriesSavannah
Bonanza1963TV SeriesRagan Miller
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesBarbara Adams
The Lloyd Bridges Show1963TV SeriesLeslie Kaufman
A Child Is Waiting1963Sophie Widdicombe
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesMrs. Canfield
The Spiral Road1962Els
Lonely Are the Brave1962Jerry Bondi
87th Precinct1961-1962TV SeriesTeddy Carella
Target: The Corruptors1961TV SeriesMarian Praisewater
The Islanders1961TV SeriesPepper Mint
The Tab Hunter Show1960TV SeriesBarbara / Penelope
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960TV SeriesLucille Jones
Adventures in Paradise1960TV SeriesDr. Abigail Brent
Riverboat1959TV SeriesRose Traynor
Markham1959TV SeriesRita Evans
Johnny Staccato1959TV SeriesNina Van Ness
Shadows1959Woman in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Laramie1959TV SeriesLaurel DeWalt
General Electric Theater1958TV SeriesDorothy Dickenson
The High Cost of Loving1958Ginny Fry
Goodyear Playhouse1955TV SeriesBetty Eve
The United States Steel Hour1955TV SeriesLily
Appointment with Adventure1955TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1955TV SeriesBetty
Armstrong Circle Theatre1955TV SeriesLugene
Ponds Theater1955TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1955TV SeriesMyrtle Wilson
The Way of the World1955TV SeriesPaula Graves
Top Secret1954TV SeriesPowell

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris, je t'aime2006segment "Quartier Latin"

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Neon Bible1995performer: "How Long Has This Been Going On?", "My Romance"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Constant Forge2000Documentary archival photographs courtesy of

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Fuller Life2013Documentary special thanks
Applaus2009grateful thanks
All About My Mother1999dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2016TV SeriesHerself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Honorary Award
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me2015TV Mini-Series shortHerself
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bienvenue2007DocumentaryHerself
The View2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Edge of Outside2006DocumentaryHerself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Charlie Rose1997-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Women on Top: Hollywood and Power2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerself
A Constant Forge2000DocumentaryHerself
Ljuset håller mig sällskap2000DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee
The Making of 'The Mighty'1999Video documentary shortHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHerself
The 1998 Annual Muse Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
John Cassavetes: To Risk Everything to Express It All1996DocumentaryHerself
Anything for John1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinema 31992TV SeriesHerself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryHerself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - the Man and His Work1984DocumentaryHerself
Cinéma cinémas1983TV Series documentaryHerself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1976TV SeriesHerself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Mike Douglas Show1974TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Jerry Visits1972TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cinéastes de notre temps1969TV Series documentaryHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Linkletter Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentarySarah Lawson (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Faces2011/II
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieMae Morgan (uncredited)
Premio Donostia a Ben Gazzara2005TV SpecialMyrtle Gordon (uncredited)
Biography2005TV Series documentaryRamona Calvert
The Movie Show1995TV SeriesHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Rock Hudson's Home Movies1992DocumentaryEls Drager

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2015Legend AwardElle Women in Hollywood Awards
2014Career Achievement AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
2008Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBreakaway AccomplishmentParis, je t'aime (2006)
2008Lifetime Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film FestivalFor her remarkable talent and significant contributions and accomplishments as an actress in film.
2005Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Notebook (2004)· James Garner
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardOjai Film Festival
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role, DramaThe Notebook (2004)
2005Mary Pickford AwardSatellite Awards
2004Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family SpecialThe Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
2004Golden Starfish Award for Career AchievementHamptons International Film FestivalFor her acting career.
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieHysterical Blindness (2002)
2000New American Cinema AwardSeattle International Film FestivalCitation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast PerformanceThe Weekend (1999)· Deborah Kara Unger
· D.B. Sweeney
· Brooke Shields
· David Conrad
· James Duval
· Jared Harris
· Gary Dourdan
1999Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest Supporting ActressHope Floats (1998)
1996Film Excellence AwardBoston Film Festival
1996Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1995Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television
1994Tribute to Independent Vision AwardSundance Film Festival
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialFace of a Stranger (1991)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Betty Ford Story (1987)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Betty Ford Story (1987)
1984Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)Love Streams (1984)
1981BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressGloria (1980)
1978Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActressOpening Night (1977)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaA Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressA Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActressA Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1974NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressA Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMonk (2002)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesWhat If God Were the Sun? (2007)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieWhat If God Were the Sun? (2007)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressThe Skeleton Key (2005)
2006Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Skeleton Key (2005)
2005Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActressThe Notebook (2004)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionHysterical Blindness (2002)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesHysterical Blindness (2002)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieWild Iris (2001)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - Drama/RomanceHope Floats (1998)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleUnhook the Stars (1996)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionCrazy in Love (1992)
1991CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesMontana (1990)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAn Early Frost (1985)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialAn Early Frost (1985)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThursday's Child (1983)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleGloria (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaGloria (1980)
1978Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaOpening Night (1977)
1975OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleA Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Star of the Year

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressA Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1971NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressMinnie and Moskowitz (1971)

TitleSalary
Playing by Heart (1998)$60,000

#Quote
1[on her son Nick Cassavetes] He is much like John [John Cassavetes] in his direction. He loves actors and doesn't throw himself around.
2[on The Notebook (2004)] The kids -- Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling -- were such good actors. I was happy to work with Jim Garner [James Garner]. Everyone said it must be hard to work for your son [Nick Cassavetes]. I guess when you feel loved, everything is easy.
3[on working with her husband John Cassavetes] I was part of the acting group. He treated me no differently.
4[on A Woman Under the Influence (1974)] I liked the script very much. It was sort of a difficult role. But I like difficult roles.
5[on receiving an honorary Oscar] I didn't think for a minute that I was going to get it. I think it's awfully nice.
6Children are everything actors say they are. They're unpredictable; they steal scenes, but that's what makes them so much fun. They're not brainwashed and that's very exciting. You never know what they're going to do or say - how they'll respond.
7[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.
8[on John Cassavetes] We had a great deal of freedom when John acted. We traveled a lot and it was fun. But with directing ... really. I think people don't have all their marbles who prefer directing to acting because you write for three months, you cut for maybe six months. He's the most terrifying perfectionist about what he wants. As an artist, I love him. As a husband, I hate him.
9[on working with Bette Davis on the TV movie Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)] When they offered that part opposite her, I didn't want to do it. I thought, what if all my illusions were broken? But I couldn't resist the temptation. She's no pussycat -- she's just a great and independent artist and I loved every minute working with her.


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