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‘The Notebook’ star Gena Rowlands has Alzheimer’s disease, son confirms

The Notebook and A Woman Under The Influence, is living with Alzheimer’s disease, her son Nick Cassavetes has confirmed.He revealed the news in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he discussed the particularly unusual situation he is in, having directed his mother as a woman with dementia in 2004’s The Notebook.Rowlands, who is considered a legend of screen acting, is now 94, and according to her son, she has been living with the condition for the last five years.Cassavetes was giving the interview to mark the 20th anniversary of the romantic drama, in which Rowlands plays the older version of Rachel McAdams’ Allie. James Garner and Ryan Gosling played the older and younger versions of her partner Noah.“I got my mom to play older Allie, and we spent a lot of time talking about Alzheimer’s and wanting to be authentic with it, and now, for the last five years, she’s had Alzheimer’s,” he said.
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‘Luther’ Actor Ruth Wilson to Star in Fremantle’s Performance Piece Documentary ‘The Second Woman’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Naman Ramachandran Undeniable, Fremantle’s premium documentaries label, has revealed feature documentary “The Second Woman” (working title), which captures Golden Globe and Olivier-winning actor Ruth Wilson (“Luther,” “His Dark Materials”) in a one-off performance piece at the Young Vic Theatre in London. “The Second Woman” is a play created and directed by Anna Breckon and Nat Randall. It is co-produced by the Young Vic Theatre and LIFT – London’s international festival of theatre). Wilson is also involved as a presenter in association with House of Oz. “The Second Woman” sees Wilson performing a single break up scene over and over playing opposite 100 different men, non-binary and queer people across a full 24 hours. Inspired by John Cassavetes’ 1977 film “Opening Night,” the scene involves a couple negotiating a long-term relationship that has lost its romance and vitality. With only brief breaks throughout the performance, Wilson plays the role of Virginia in every single scene, opposite a series of mostly non-actors, who she has never met before, She has no way of knowing in advance who her co-stars are, nor can she anticipate how they might choose to play the scene.
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