GENA ROWLANDS: A WOMAN OF INFLUENCE
Born in Wisconsin, Gena Rowlands launched her career as an actress with a move to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As she was enrolling, another up-and-coming performer was graduating from the school - John Cassavetes. The two married in 1954 and balanced acting careers in Manhattan; the stream of stage, TV and film roles was steady for both but rarely substantial.
That changed as Cassavetes began writing and directing his own independent films, which explored unusually complex emotional terrain. Rowlands flourished playing such rich characters as Jeannie Rapp, the young woman for whom an older man leaves his wife in FACES, or Minnie Moore, a museum curator who falls for a parking-lot attendant, in MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ. Rowlands earned Oscar nominations for her work on A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE and GLORIA, portraying a housewife who suffers a mental breakdown and a tough former mob moll, respectively.
Her acclaimed work has continued in both film and television (for which she has received eight Primetime Emmy nominations including three wins). This month, the actress will receive the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The honor testifies to Gena Rowlands’ unparalleled ability to coax the inner lives out of complex characters and bring them to the screen with grace and realism.
Series programmed by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.
Actress Gena Rowlands regrets that she is unable to appear on January 9th as previously announced. She hopes to reschedule her appearance with another event in this series. Please check back here for updates.
Films in this Series at the Egyptian
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - Sun, Jan 18, 2015
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 18, 2015 - 7:30pm