John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands’ marriage lasted for more than 30 years, despite them often being at each other’s throats. And together, the director and his actress wife created a slew of successful, critically acclaimed independent films. What’s more, many of today’s most influential auteurs cite Cassavetes’ behind-the-camera work as inspiration for their own.

But out of the spotlight, Cassavetes and Rowlands built a family – sometimes at the expense of their careers. The actress had to pull out of a partnership with MGM to have their first child, for example. Yet that didn’t stop Rowlands from acting while pregnant for Faces – one of her and her husband’s most noteworthy movies.

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