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Gena Rowlands

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In 1845 fifty Welshmen, with their families, emigrated from Dolwyddelan in North Wales. Among them were a number of Rowlands. They arrived in Wisconsin and in a spot roughly between the Fox River and Fox Lake in Columbia County, they came upon "....a beautiful landscape stretching in splendor
for miles in every direction under the variable-colored rays of the setting sun, they decided to make that locality a place around which their countrymen in the future would gather to form a Welsh colony."

The community held on to it's native tongue into the early 20th century. What remains is a small town in a pastoral setting with Welsh street names - Cambria, Wisconsin, the town where Madison born actress Virginia Kathryn "Gena" Rowlands, the daughter of Wisconsin State Senator Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands, was raised.
Gena lived in Milwaukee for awhile and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison before moving to New York City in 1950 to study drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has since appeared in many films, Lonely Are The Brave with Kirk Douglas (a