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Gena Rowlands

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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.

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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
1 Was pregnant with daughter Xan Cassavetes during the filming of Faces.
2 Saw 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.
3 Nicknamed "Golden Girl" by her late husband, John Cassavetes, because of her blonde hair.
4 She played the sister of her real life husband John Cassavetes in Love Streams (1984).
5 She 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.
6 Her father was of Welsh descent. Her mother had English ancestry.
7 Sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity.
8 Graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, class of 1947. Other alumni include Forrest Tucker, Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty and Sandra Bullock.
9 Pedro Almodóvar dedicated his movie All About My Mother (1999) to her, Bette Davis and Romy Schneider.
10 Mother-in-law of Heather Wahlquist.
11 Daughter of Lady Rowlands.
12 Grandmother of Sasha Cassavetes and Virginia Cassavetes.
13 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 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.
14 Favorite actress of Maggie Gyllenhaal.
15 Has 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.
16 Name rhymes with henna.
17 Her 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).
18 Sister of David Rowlands.
19 She 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).
20 Mother of Nick Cassavetes, Xan Cassavetes and Zoe R. Cassavetes .
21 Attended 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.
22 Born 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 Circumstances 2016 Short completed Dr. Cohen
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 Lily Harrison
Parts Per Billion 2014 Esther
Yellow 2012/I Mimi
Olive 2011 Tess M Powell
NCIS 2010 TV Series Joann Fielding
Monk 2009 TV Series Marge Johnson
Persepolis 2007 Marjane's grandmother (English version, voice)
What If God Were the Sun? 2007 TV Movie Melissa Eisenbloom
Broken English 2007 Vivien Wilder-Mann
Numb3rs 2006 TV Series Erika Hellman
Paris, je t'aime 2006 Gena (segment "Quartier Latin")
The Skeleton Key 2005 Violet Devereaux
The Notebook 2004 Allie Calhoun
Taking Lives 2004 Mrs. Asher
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie 2003 TV Movie Mrs. Evelyn Ritchie
Charms for the Easy Life 2002 TV Movie Charlie Kate Birch
Hysterical Blindness 2002 TV Movie Virginia Miller
Wild Iris 2001 TV Movie Minnie Brinn
The Color of Love: Jacey's Story 2000 TV Movie Georgia Porter
The Weekend 1999 Laura Ponti
Playing by Heart 1998 Hannah
Grace & Glorie 1998 TV Movie Grace Stiles
Hope Floats 1998 Ramona Calvert
The Mighty 1998 Gram
Paulie 1998 Ivy
Best Friends for Life 1998 TV Movie Mrs. Harriet Cahill
She's So Lovely 1997 Miss Jane Green
Unhook the Stars 1996 Mildred 'Millie' Hawks
Something to Talk About 1995 Georgia King
The Neon Bible 1995 Mae Morgan
Parallel Lives 1994 TV Movie Francie Pomerantz
Silent Cries 1993 Peggy Sutherland
Crazy in Love 1992 TV Movie Honora Swift
Face of a Stranger 1991 TV Movie Pat Foster
Ted & Venus 1991 Mrs. Turner
Night on Earth 1991 Victoria Snelling
Once Around 1991 Marilyn Bella
Montana 1990 TV Movie Bess Guthrie
Another Woman 1988 Marion
The Betty Ford Story 1987 TV Movie Betty Ford
Light of Day 1987 Jeanette Rasnick
An Early Frost 1985 TV Movie Katherine Pierson
Nederland C 1985 TV Movie Geïnterviewd actrice
Love Streams 1984 Sarah Lawson
Faerie Tale Theatre 1983 TV Series Witch
Thursday's Child 1983 TV Movie Victoria Alden
Tempest 1982 Antonia
Gloria 1980 Gloria Swenson
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter 1979 TV Movie Abigail Mason
The Brink's Job 1978 Mary Pino
A Question of Love 1978 TV Movie Linda Ray Guettner
Opening Night 1977 Myrtle Gordon
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Janet
Columbo 1975 TV Series Elizabeth Van Wick
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1974 TV Series Lorraine Denby
A Woman Under the Influence 1974 Mabel Longhetti
Medical Center 1971-1973 TV Series Karen Coberly / Frances Delaney
Circle of Fear 1972 TV Series Kate Lucas
Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 Minnie Moore
Machine Gun McCain 1969 Rosemary Scott
Nick Quarry 1968 TV Short
Faces 1968/I Jeannie Rapp
Garrison's Gorillas 1968 TV Series Duchess
Peyton Place 1967 TV Series Adrienne Van Leyden
Tony Rome 1967 Rita Kosterman
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Baroness Ingrid Blangstead
The Road West 1967 TV Series Karen Collier
The Long, Hot Summer 1966 TV Series Karen Roberts
Run for Your Life 1966 TV Series Charlotte Hyde
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963-1965 TV Series Lois Baxter / Janet Cord
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Mitzi Carlisle / Paullette Shane
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962-1964 TV Series Diana Justin / Louise Henderson / Helen Martin
Dr. Kildare 1964 TV Series Helen Scott
Breaking Point 1963 TV Series Shelley Osborne Peters
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1963 TV Series June
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Savannah
Bonanza 1963 TV Series Ragan Miller
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Barbara Adams
The Lloyd Bridges Show 1963 TV Series Leslie Kaufman
A Child Is Waiting 1963 Sophie Widdicombe
The Dick Powell Theatre 1963 TV Series Mrs. Canfield
The Spiral Road 1962 Els
Lonely Are the Brave 1962 Jerry Bondi
87th Precinct 1961-1962 TV Series Teddy Carella
Target: The Corruptors 1961 TV Series Marian Praisewater
The Islanders 1961 TV Series Pepper Mint
The Tab Hunter Show 1960 TV Series Barbara / Penelope
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1960 TV Series Lucille Jones
Adventures in Paradise 1960 TV Series Dr. Abigail Brent
Riverboat 1959 TV Series Rose Traynor
Markham 1959 TV Series Rita Evans
Johnny Staccato 1959 TV Series Nina Van Ness
Shadows 1959 Woman in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Laramie 1959 TV Series Laurel DeWalt
General Electric Theater 1958 TV Series Dorothy Dickenson
The High Cost of Loving 1958 Ginny Fry
Goodyear Playhouse 1955 TV Series Betty Eve
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series Lily
Appointment with Adventure 1955 TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood 1955 TV Series Betty
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1955 TV Series Lugene
Ponds Theater 1955 TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents 1955 TV Series Myrtle Wilson
The Way of the World 1955 TV Series Paula Graves
Top Secret 1954 TV Series Powell

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris, je t'aime 2006 segment "Quartier Latin"

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Neon Bible 1995 performer: "How Long Has This Been Going On?", "My Romance"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Constant Forge 2000 Documentary archival photographs courtesy of

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Fuller Life 2013 Documentary special thanks
Applaus 2009 grateful thanks
All About My Mother 1999 dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2016 TV Series Herself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Winner: Honorary Award
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me 2015 TV Mini-Series short Herself
The Marilyn Denis Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Bienvenue 2007 Documentary Herself
The View 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Edge of Outside 2006 Documentary Herself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Charlie Rose 1997-2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
A Constant Forge 2000 Documentary Herself
Ljuset håller mig sällskap 2000 Documentary Herself - Interviewee
The Making of 'The Mighty' 1999 Video documentary short Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends 1999 TV Special documentary Herself
The 1998 Annual Muse Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
John Cassavetes: To Risk Everything to Express It All 1996 Documentary Herself
Anything for John 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
Cinema 3 1992 TV Series Herself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Herself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - the Man and His Work 1984 Documentary Herself
Cinéma cinémas 1983 TV Series documentary Herself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Herself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1976 TV Series Herself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Herself - Actress
Jerry Visits 1972 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cinéastes de notre temps 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Linkletter Show 1964 TV Series Herself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1958 TV Series documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Sarah Lawson (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
Faces 2011/II
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Mae Morgan (uncredited)
Premio Donostia a Ben Gazzara 2005 TV Special Myrtle Gordon (uncredited)
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Ramona Calvert
The Movie Show 1995 TV Series Herself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Rock Hudson's Home Movies 1992 Documentary Els Drager

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA
2015 Legend Award Elle Women in Hollywood Awards
2014 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Breakaway Accomplishment Paris, je t'aime (2006)
2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Temecula Valley International Film Festival For her remarkable talent and significant contributions and accomplishments as an actress in film.
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story The Notebook (2004) · James Garner
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Ojai Film Festival
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama The Notebook (2004)
2005 Mary Pickford Award Satellite Awards
2004 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
2004 Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement Hamptons International Film Festival For her acting career.
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Hysterical Blindness (2002)
2000 New American Cinema Award Seattle International Film Festival Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast Performance The Weekend (1999) · Deborah Kara Unger
· D.B. Sweeney
· Brooke Shields
· David Conrad
· James Duval
· Jared Harris
· Gary Dourdan
1999 Lone Star Film & Television Award Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best Supporting Actress Hope Floats (1998)
1996 Film Excellence Award Boston Film Festival
1996 Career Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA
1995 Muse Award New York Women in Film & Television
1994 Tribute to Independent Vision Award Sundance Film Festival
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Face of a Stranger (1991)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Betty Ford Story (1987)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special The Betty Ford Story (1987)
1984 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) Love Streams (1984)
1981 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Gloria (1980)
1978 Silver Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Best Actress Opening Night (1977)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975 Prize San Sebastián San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actress A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1974 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actress A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Monk (2002)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries What If God Were the Sun? (2007)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie What If God Were the Sun? (2007)
2006 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress The Skeleton Key (2005)
2006 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress The Skeleton Key (2005)
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actress The Notebook (2004)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Hysterical Blindness (2002)
2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002)
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Wild Iris (2001)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama/Romance Hope Floats (1998)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Unhook the Stars (1996)
1993 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Crazy in Love (1992)
1991 CableACE CableACE Awards Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Montana (1990)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television An Early Frost (1985)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special An Early Frost (1985)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Thursday's Child (1983)
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Gloria (1980)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Gloria (1980)
1978 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Opening Night (1977)
1975 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1975 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
1971 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Minnie 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.
6 Children 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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