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Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell
MacDowell in 2003
Born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell
(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1977–present
  • Paul Qualley (m. 1986–99)
  • Rhett Hartzog (m. 2001–04)
Children 3

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

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

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 1990, Miss Golden Globe 2012)[7] and Sarah Margaret Qualley (born 1994), 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]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Miss Jane Porter
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Dale Biberman
1988 The Secret of the Sahara Anthea TV mini-series
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Ann Bishop Mullany
1990 Green Card Brontë Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Hudson Hawk Anna Baragli
1991 Object of Beauty, TheThe Object of Beauty Tina
1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Emily TV movie
1992 Player, TheThe Player Herself Cameo appearance
1993 Short Cuts Ann Finnigan
1993 Groundhog Day Rita Saturn Award for Best Actress
1993 Deception Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro / Ruby Cairo aka Ruby Cairo
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Carrie
1994 Bad Girls Eileen Spenser
1995 Unstrung Heroes Selma Lidz
1996 Michael Dorothy Winters Goldene Kamera Award for Best International Actress
1996 Multiplicity Laura Kinney
1997 End of Violence, TheThe End of Violence Page
1997 Muppets Tonight Herself Guest star on Season 2 Episode 11
1998 Shadrach Trixie
1999 Just the Ticket Linda Palinski Also producer
1999 Muppets from Space Shelley Snipes
1999 The Muse Laura Phillips
2000 Harrison's Flowers Sarah Lloyd
2001 Town & Country Eugenie Claybourne Also uncredited producer
2001 On the Edge Lisa TV movie segment: "Reaching Normal"
2001 Crush Kate Scales
2001 Dinner with Friends Karen TV movie
2002 Jo Jo TV movie
2002 Ginostra Jessie
2003 The Practice Grace Chapman 1 episode
2005 Last Sign, TheThe Last Sign Kathy MacFarlane
2005 Beauty Shop Terri
2005 Riding the Bus with My Sister Rachel Simon TV movie
2005 Tara Road Marilyn
2006 Barnyard Etta the Hen Voice
2007 Intervention Kelly
2008 Inconceivable Lottie Louise Du Bose
2009 Six Wives of Henry Lefay, TheThe Six Wives of Henry Lefay Kate
2008 The Prince of Motor City Gertrude Hamilton TV movie
2009 5th Quarter, TheThe 5th Quarter Maryanne Abbate
2010 As Good as Dead Helen Kalahan
2010 Lone Star Alex[9] Not airs TV series, 2 episodes
2010 Daydream Nation Enid Goldberg
2010 At Risk Monique Lamont TV movie
2010 The Front Monique Lamont TV movie
2011 Monte Carlo Pamela Bennett-Kelly
2011 Footloose Vi Moore
2012 30 Rock Claire Williams 1 episode (Leap Day)
2012 Jane by Design Gray Chandler Murray 18 episodes
2013 Cedar Cove Olivia Lockhart Main cast
2015 Magic Mike XXL Filming


  1. ^ The Tracy Family, The Great Beauties
  2. ^ Mike Myers and Andie are 'dressed to kilt' in Scottish fashion show
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Andie MacDowell- Biography
  5. ^ Newman, Judith (January 19, 1992). "... And Some Call for a Voice".  
  6. ^ "‘Jane by Design’ Canceled Officially by ABC Family - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  7. ^ Reagan Alexander (Dec 8, 2011), Rainey Qualley Named Miss Golden Globe 2012,
  8. ^ a b Andie MacDowell and Husband to Divorce – Andie MacDowell :
  9. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (August 6, 2010). "'"Andie MacDowell joins the cast of Fox's new drama 'Lone Star.  

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