Academy Award Nominee Gena Rowlands will guest star as Erika Hellman, a Holocaust survivor who is questioned by the FBI after a painting worth millions of dollars that once belonged to her family is stolen from a museum just before it is to go on tour, on NUMB3RS, Friday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Gena Rowlands joins an impressive list of Academy Award nominees/winners who have appeared on NUMB3RS, including Olympia Dukakis, JoBeth Williams, Bruce Davison, Robert Forster, and series regular Judd Hirsch.
Gena Rowlands received her first Oscar nomination in 1974 for A Woman Under the Influence, in which Rowlands portrayed a mentally unbalanced housewife whose husband (Peter Falk) eventually has her committed. In 1980, Rowlands earned her second Oscar nomination playing a tough gun-moll who reluctantly becomes the protector of a child in Gloria. In 2004, Rowlands starred in the hit film The Notebook, playing the Alzheimer's-ravaged present-day version of the lead character, Allie, played in the period sequences by Rachel McAdams. Rowlands has also won three Emmy Awards; for her portrait of a former First Lady coping with addiction in The Betty Ford Story in 1987, as a wealthy widow who befriends a homeless woman in Face of a Stranger in 1991, and for her portrayal of Uma Thurman's mother in the highly-praised HBO film Hysterical Blindness, in 2002.
In NUMB3RS, Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) recruits Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) to help the FBI Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. Inspired by actual events, NUMB3RS depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provide unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.