Snapped! Greg In Hollywood and Gena Rowlands!
Attended the premiere of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks last night at The ArcLight in Hollywood and what a treat to see Gena Rowlands in such a meaty role.
The SAG Awards and the Golden Globes did not nominate her but I really think she gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a Florida widow who signs up for dance lessons with a young gay dance instructor played by Cheyenne Jackson.
They change each others’ lives over the course of the lessons and Miss Rowlands is funny and touching and very real in what is mainly a two-person film although the cast also includes Rita Moreno and Jacki Weaver, among others.
Anyway, the film opens in LA and New York City on Friday and tomorrow I will be posting a story from the roundtable interview I participated in last week with the two stars.
When Miss Rowlands, now 84, was introduced before the film last night, the entire audience immediately rose to its feet for a prolonged standing ovation.
We had not yet seen the film but that’s the kind of respect you get when you have starred in such films as A Woman Under the Influence, Opening Night and Gloria and along the way earned two Oscar nominations and won four Emmys.
I’ve been a fan of Miss Rowlands since I was a kid and saw her on a two-part episode of Marcus Welby MD. Then that love was cemented when I saw her opposite Bette Davis in the sublime TV movie Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter.
There have been so many other performances since then and she never disappoints. Some of my more recent favorites are Unhook the Stars, An Early Frost, The Face of a Stranger and Something to Talk About - in the latter film her kicking of Robert Duvall out of the house is a classic.
Anyway, I could think of none of that when i chatted with Miss Rowlands at the after-party last night at a Hollywood club called Warwick, a few blocks from the theater.
We just talked about Six Dance Lessons and she could not have been more gracious and charming.
A true legend.