Andie MacDowell

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Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell Cannes.jpg
MacDowell in 2003
BornRosalie Anderson MacDowell
(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 56)
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1977–present
  • Paul Qualley (m. 1986–99)
  • Rhett Hartzog (m. 2001–04)
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Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell Cannes.jpg
MacDowell in 2003
BornRosalie Anderson MacDowell
(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 56)
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1977–present
  • Paul Qualley (m. 1986–99)
  • Rhett Hartzog (m. 2001–04)

Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American model and actress. She made her film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, before receiving critical acclaim for her role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). She achieved box office success for her roles in several films throughout the 1990s, such as Groundhog Day (1993) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). She has also starred in Green Card (1990), Short Cuts (1993), Michael (1996) and Multiplicity (1996).

Early life[edit]

Andie MacDowell was born in Gaffney, South Carolina, the daughter of Pauline "Paula" Johnston (née Oswald), a music teacher, and Marion St. Pierre MacDowell, a lumber executive.[1] Her ancestry includes English, French, as well as some Scottish, Irish, and Welsh.[2][3] Her family owned an Antebellum period summer house in Arden, North Carolina, which has since been made into a bed-and-breakfast named the Blake House Inn. Graffiti from her childhood visits are preserved in an upstairs bedroom closet. She attended Winthrop University for two years before moving briefly to Columbia, South Carolina. She was initially spotted by a rep from Wilhelmina Models while on a trip to Los Angeles before she would later sign with Elite Model Management in New York City in 1978.[4]


With Gong Li in 1998

In the early 1980s, MacDowell modelled for Vogue magazine and appeared in ad campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette, Armani perfume, Sabeth-Row, Mink International, Anne Klein and Bill Blass. A series of billboards in Times Square and national television commercials for Calvin Klein drew attention to her and led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, a role in which her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close because her Southern accent was too pronounced for her to play the role of an Englishwoman.[5] In 1985, she had a small part in St. Elmo's Fire.

MacDowell studied method acting with teachers from the Actors Studio, in addition to working privately with the renowned coach Harold Guskin.[4] Four years later, director Steven Soderbergh cast her in the independent film Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Her performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, several other award nominations and led to a series of starring roles in films such as Green Card, The Object of Beauty, and Short Cuts. In the 1990s, MacDowell achieved stardom due to the box office success of director Harold Ramis's 1993 comedy, Groundhog Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), opposite Hugh Grant.

Since 1986, MacDowell has appeared in print and television advertisements for the cosmetic and haircare company L'Oréal. In later years she has acted primarily on television and in independent films.[4] In 2012 she co-starred in the short-lived ABC Family series Jane by Design.[6] Since 2013, she has starred in the Hallmark Channel family series Cedar Cove.

Personal life[edit]

MacDowell married fellow former model and rancher Paul Qualley in 1986. The two met while both were posing for Gap ads. The couple has a son, Justin (born 1986), and two daughters, Rainey (born 1989, Miss Golden Globe 2012)[7] and Sarah Margaret Qualley (born 1995), an actress. They divorced in 1999.[8] She was married to businessman Rhett Hartzog from November 10, 2001, until their divorce in October 2004.[8]


1984Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesMiss Jane Porter
1985St. Elmo's FireDale Biberman
1988The Secret of the SaharaAntheaTV mini-series
1989Sex, Lies, and VideotapeAnn Bishop Mullany
1990Green CardBrontëNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991Hudson HawkAnna Baragli
1991Object of Beauty, TheThe Object of BeautyTina
1991Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No RulesEmilyTV movie
1992Player, TheThe PlayerHerselfCameo appearance
1993Short CutsAnn Finnigan
1993Groundhog DayRitaSaturn Award for Best Actress
1993DeceptionElizabeth 'Bessie' Faro / Ruby Cairoaka Ruby Cairo
1994Four Weddings and a FuneralCarrie
1994Bad GirlsEileen Spenser
1995Unstrung HeroesSelma Lidz
1996MichaelDorothy WintersGoldene Kamera Award for Best International Actress
1996MultiplicityLaura Kinney
1997End of Violence, TheThe End of ViolencePage
1997Muppets TonightHerselfGuest star on Season 2 Episode 11
1999Just the TicketLinda PalinskiAlso producer
1999Muppets from SpaceShelley Snipes
1999The MuseLaura Phillips
2000Harrison's FlowersSarah Lloyd
2001Town & CountryEugenie ClaybourneAlso uncredited producer
2001On the EdgeLisaTV movie segment: "Reaching Normal"
2001CrushKate Scales
2001Dinner with FriendsKarenTV movie
2002JoJoTV movie
2003The PracticeGrace Chapman1 episode
2005Last Sign, TheThe Last SignKathy MacFarlane
2005Beauty ShopTerri
2005Riding the Bus with My SisterRachel SimonTV movie
2005Tara RoadMarilyn
2006BarnyardEtta the HenVoice
2008InconceivableLottie Louise Du Bose
2009Six Wives of Henry Lefay, TheThe Six Wives of Henry LefayKate
2008The Prince of Motor CityGertrude HamiltonTV movie
20095th Quarter, TheThe 5th QuarterMaryanne Abbate
2010As Good as DeadHelen Kalahan
2010Lone StarAlex[9]Not airs TV series, 2 episodes
2010Daydream NationEnid Goldberg
2010At RiskMonique LamontTV movie
2010The FrontMonique LamontTV movie
2011Monte CarloPamela Bennett-Kelly
2011FootlooseVi Moore
201230 RockClaire Williams1 episode (Leap Day)
2012Jane by DesignGray Chandler Murray18 episodes
2013Cedar CoveOlivia LockhartMain cast
2015Magic Mike XXLFilming


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