Everyone said it must be hard to work for your son [Nick Cassavetes]. I drew little touches from each of them and a lot from myself. He's the most terrifying perfectionist about what he wants. As a husband, I hate him.[on working with Bette Davis on the TV movie Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)] When they offered that part opposite her, I didn't want to do it. She and her real life mother Lady Rowlands played daughter and mother in two films together, Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
I don't mean I'm really going mad, but I'm a little crazy - we all are - and sometimes I let things go.[on John Cassavetes] We had a great deal of freedom when John acted. They also appeared together in Opening Night (1977), although did not portray daughter and mother in that film.
“Maverick” led to a long relationship between Garner and its creator, Roy Huggins. And I like being lazy.” Lazy or not, the actor shared the Golden Globe for most promising male newcomer in 1958 and earned his first Emmy nomination in 1959 for “Maverick.” In the meantime, Warners was serving him frustrating fare like “Up Periscope” and “Cash Mc Call.” Taking advantage of a suspension during the Writers Guild strike of 1960, Garner sued Warners for breach of contract — and won — allowing him to be a free agent and demand more for his services.
The actor stayed with the series until 1960, when he quit over a dispute with Warners. He appeared in specials before landing a supporting role in “The Children’s Hour” with Shirley Mac Laine and Audrey Hepburn.
Originally the story was to alternate between the Maverick brothers played by Garner and Jack Kelly, but “Maverick” quickly became all about Garner’s character, who used his wits to get out of trouble.
Other actors revolved in and out including Clint Eastwood as a vicious gunfighter.
As of 2013, she is one of six women who has received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance directed by her spouse.