Before inimitable blonde bombshell Gena Rowlands became one half of an indie “it” couple alongside actor/director John Cassevetes, she had her start on television and in the films “High Cost of Living” and “Lonely Are the Brave.”
She starred in Cassavetes’ early (and seemingly for-hire effort) “A Child Is Waiting” before busting out of the screen in his excruciatingly intense black-and-white chamber drama “Faces” (1968). In 1975, she was Oscar-nominated for the role that defines her career as a lovable but severely mentally unwound housewife in “A Woman Under the Influence.”
Back in January, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded the cinema nonpareil its Career Achievement Award. In spirit, LAFCA member Chuck Wilson and filmmaker Matt Amato put together this career-spanning reel (below), with sound-bytes from Rowlands herself overlapping the actress’ most alluring screen moments.