The stage, TV and screen actress is best known for her stellar work on ten films directed by her husband John Cassavetes which started with “A Child Is Waiting” (1963), “Shadows” (1959) and “Faces” (1968) and continued through two Oscar-nominated performances in “Woman Under the Influence” (pictured, 1975) and “Gloria” (1981); their last film together was “Love Streams” (1984).
The LAFCA gave Cassavetes the career achievement award in 1986–this is the first husband and wife team to be so rewarded in the group’s 40 year history.
Rowlands began her career on the New York stage in the mid-1950s and moved to television, marryingCassavetes in 1954 and made 10 films with him, from Rowlands won four Emmys –“The Betty Ford Story” (1987), “Face of a Stranger” (1991), “Hysterical Blindness” (2003) and “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” (2004)–and two Golden Globes (“The Betty Ford Story” and “A Woman Under the Influence.”). She starred in son Nick’s “Unhook the Stars” (1996) and “The Notebook” (2004).
Prior recipients of the LAFCA career achievement award are Richard Lester, Frederick Wiseman, Doris Day and Paul Mazursky.
The group is awarding a special citation given in the past to the LA Times’ Charles Champlin and Kevin Thomas to Leonard Maltin for his 40-year career as critic and historian.
LACMA, founded in 1975, boasts 60 print and electronic media critics who will vote for this year’s awards on December 7, six days after the NY Film Critics Circle vote. Winners will accept their prizes at a dinner on January 10 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.