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Gena Rowlands has Alzheimer's, her son Nick Cassavetes says

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Gena Rowlands has Alzheimer's, her son Nick Cassavetes says
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Gena Rowlands has Alzheimer's, her son Nick Cassavetes says

2024-06-26 01:02 Last Updated At:01:21

NEW YORK (AP) — The celebrated actor and honorary Academy Award recipient Gena Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes, has revealed.

Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, said Rowlands has had Alzheimer's for five years. In the 2004 film “The Notebook,” Cassavetes directed his mother, who played the older version of the character played by Rachel McAdams, as a woman with dementia.

"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,” Cassavetes said. “She’s in full dementia. And it’s so crazy — we lived it, she acted it, and now it’s on us.”

A representative for Rowlands confirmed that Cassavetes “speaks for the family.”

Rowlands, who received an honorary Oscar in 2015, made 10 films with her husband, John Cassavetes, including 1974's “A Woman Under the Influence” and 1980's “Gloria.” She was Oscar nominated for both performances. She also won four Emmy awards. Her last credited performance was the 2014 comedy “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”

Rowlands's mother, actor Lady Rowlands, also had Alzheimer's. During the making of “The Notebook,” Gena Rowlands said she channeled her mother.

“I went through that with my mother, and if Nick hadn’t directed the film, I don’t think I would have gone for it — it’s just too hard,” Rowlands told O magazine in 2004. “It was a tough but wonderful movie.”

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2014. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2014. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands, puts on make-up in her dressing room for her role as leading lady in "Middle of the Night", in New York on Nov. 21, 1956. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands, puts on make-up in her dressing room for her role as leading lady in "Middle of the Night", in New York on Nov. 21, 1956. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a photo in Los Angeles on Sept., 21, 1957. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (AP Photo/Dick Strobel, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a photo in Los Angeles on Sept., 21, 1957. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (AP Photo/Dick Strobel, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2014. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Actor Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2014. Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, says her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, says Rowlands has had Alzheimer’s for five years. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Felipe Mora scored in the 3rd minute, Santiago Moreno scored three minutes into the second half and the Portland Timbers ended Real Salt Lake's club-record 10-match unbeaten run on the road with a 3-0 victory on Saturday night.

James Pantemis finished with three saves to earn his fourth clean sheet in his 11th start of the season for the Timbers (10-8-6), who handed Real Salt Lake (12-4-7) its second loss in its last 19 matches. Real Salt Lake had not lost on the road since a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Inter Miami in the season opener.

Mora used Moreno's 10th assist of the season to score his 11th goal and give the Timbers the early lead.

Moreno took passes from Evander and Jonathan Rodríguez and scored in the 48th minute for a 2-0 lead. Evander notched his 12th assist and Rodríguez snagged his sixth on Moreno's fifth goal of the season.

Evander put the icing on the victory with his 11th goal of the season off a pass from Antony Alves Santos in the final minute of regulation. It was the fourth assist this season for Antony, who had one goal in three starts and nine appearances last season — his first in the league.

Zac MacMath stopped four shots in goal for Real Salt Lake.

Rodríguez, Mora and Evander all have 11 goals, giving the Timbers a trio of players with 10-plus goals in a single season for the first time in club history.

Pantemis held Real Salt Lake's high-scoring threesome in check. Cristian “Chicho” Arango entered play with 17 goals and 11 assists, while Andrés Gómez had 11 goals and nine assists. Diego Luna began the day with a team-high 12 assists to go along with five goals. Luna became first player in the league's 29-year existence to register multiple three-assist matches before his 23rd birthday. He needs three more goal contributions to give RSL three players with 20-plus in a single season for the first time.

Portland leads the all-time series 14-9-10.

Real Salt Lake went 4-0-6 during its unbeaten run away from home. The club has gone 11-2-6 in its last 19 matches to climb into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference with Los Angeles FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy. All three leaders lost on Saturday.

Real Salt Lake stays on the road to play Los Angeles FC on Wednesday. The Timbers travel to play the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.

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Portland Timbers' Felipe Mora points toward the sky after his goal against Real Salt Lake in an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland Timbers' Felipe Mora points toward the sky after his goal against Real Salt Lake in an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez (14) fights for possession against Real Salt Lake defender Andrew Brody (2) during an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez (14) fights for possession against Real Salt Lake defender Andrew Brody (2) during an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland Timbers midfielder Evander (10) pushes the ball ahead while Real Salt Lake midfielder Emeka Eneli (14) gives chase during an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland Timbers midfielder Evander (10) pushes the ball ahead while Real Salt Lake midfielder Emeka Eneli (14) gives chase during an MLS soccer match in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Players get into a scuffle during the first half an MLS soccer match between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Players get into a scuffle during the first half an MLS soccer match between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake in Portland, Ore., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

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