Stowe in January 2008
|Born||Madeline M. Stowe
August 18, 1958
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Brian Benben (1982–present)|
Madeleine Stowe (born Madeline M. Stowe; August 18, 1958) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Revenge, Stakeout, Unlawful Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink, China Moon, 12 Monkeys, The General's Daughter, and We Were Soldiers. She currently stars as Victoria Grayson in the ABC drama series Revenge, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011.
Early life 
Stowe, the first of three children, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los Angeles. Her mother, Mireya (née Mora Steinvorth), had come from a prominent family in Costa Rica. Her father, Robert Stowe, was a civil engineer from a "poor Oregon family". One of Stowe's maternal great-great-grandfathers, politician José Joaquín Mora Porras, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica between 1849-1859. Another one of Stowe's maternal great-great-grandfathers was Bruno Carranza, President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three months after taking power. His wife, Stowe's great-great-grandmother, Gerónima Montealegre, was the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed Costa Rica from 1859-1863. One of Stowe's maternal great-grandfathers was a German immigrant to Costa Rica.
She originally aspired to become a concert pianist, taking piano lessons between the ages of 10 and 18. Stowe would later explain that playing the piano was a means of escape from having to socialize with other children her age. Her Russian-born music teacher, Sergei Tarnowsky, had faith in Stowe, even teaching her from his deathbed. Following his death at the age of 96, she quit, later commenting: "I just felt it was time to not be by myself anymore." Stowe went on her first date at the age of 18.
Early years 
Stowe studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California. Not overly interested in her classes, she volunteered to do performances at the Solaris, a Beverly Hills theater, where a movie agent saw her in a play and got her several offers of appearances in TV and films. In 1978, she made her debut in an episode in the police drama series Baretta, followed by a string of TV work with guest appearances on the The Amazing Spider-Man, Barnaby Jones and Little House on the Prairie. In 1978, she played a leading role as Mary in the television movie The Nativity. She starred in the NBC miniseries The Gangster Chronicles, which starred Brian Benben, her future husband. She also starred in several television films, such as The Deerslayer (1978), Amazons (1984) and Blood & Orchids (1986).
Breakthrough and film career 
In 1987, Stowe appeared in her first breakthrough role in the feature film, Stakeout opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. The film debuted at No.1 at the box office. After Stakeout, she co-starred with Mark Harmon in the comedy Worth Winning, with Kevin Costner in the 1989 thriller Revenge, and opposite Jack Nicholson in 1990 in The Two Jakes. She played a leading role in the 1991 independent film Closet Land.
In 1992, she appeared opposite Kurt Russell in the financially successful gritty crime drama Unlawful Entry. Also that year, Stowe played Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans, which also starred Daniel Day-Lewis. Her critically acclaimed performance in the film, which grossed more than $75 million worldwide, elevated Stowe from supporting player to an A-list movie star. The next year, director Robert Altman cast Stowe in the award-winning ensemble cast movie Short Cuts, where she gave one of her most acclaimed screen performances as the wife of a compulsively lying and adulterous police officer played by Tim Robbins. She won the National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award and a Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast for her performance in the movie. She also made a cameo appearance in Stakeout's sequel Another Stakeout. The following year, Stowe played a leading role as a blind musician in the thriller Blink, in the neo-noir thriller China Moon, and in the Western Bad Girls. The year after that, she was a sympathetic psychiatrist in the financially successful and critically lauded science-fiction movie Twelve Monkeys. Stowe received a Saturn Awards nomination for this performance.
Stowe postponed her acting career in 1996 to concentrate on motherhood. In 1998, she came back with The Proposition and Playing by Heart, and then The General's Daughter, opposite John Travolta in 1999. In 2001, she starred in the science-fiction box office bomb Impostor. In 2002, she played Julia Moore in the war film We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, and the box office flop action-comedy Avenging Angelo opposite Sylvester Stallone. In 2003, she starred in the thriller Octane about single mother Senga Wilson (Stowe), a recently divorced woman, trying to save her 15-year-old daughter Natasha (Mischa Barton) from a bizarre cult obsessed with blood and cars.
Recent years and Revenge 
Stowe had left the screen in 2003 and settled on a Texas ranch outside Fredericksburg, with her daughter May and husband Brian Benben. Stowe returned to television in 2005 with a role in the television film Saving Milly, an adaptation of Morton Kondracke's book of the same name, of a woman diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Stowe starred in the not-picked-up Fox pilot Southern Comfort about a woman who takes over her mobster husband's business when he gets sent to prison. In 2007, she appeared in the recurring role of Dr. Samantha Kohl in Jeff Goldblum's supernatural detective drama Raines on NBC, a mid-season replacement. The series was canceled after two months. In 2009 she starred in the Lifetime movie, The Christmas Hope.
In 2011, Stowe played Victoria Grayson, the glamorous and powerful matriarch of the Grayson family, on ABC's television drama series Revenge. It debuted on September 21, 2011, and was picked up for a full season by ABC on October 13, 2011. Stowe's portrayal of the character received critical praise, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for this role.
Personal life 
In 1982, Stowe married Brian Benben, whom she met on the set of the NBC miniseries The Gangster Chronicles the previous year. They live near Johnson City, Texas, and have a daughter named May Theodora (born 1996).
In 2008, Stowe travelled to Haiti and helped found Artists for Peace and Justice. She is on the advisory board of the foundation.
|1982||Gangster Wars||Ruth Lasker|
|1989||Worth Winning||Veronica Briskow|
|The Two Jakes||Lillian Bodine|
|1992||Unlawful Entry||Karen Carr|
|The Last of the Mohicans||Cora Munro|
|1993||Another Stakeout||Maria McGuire||uncredited|
|Short Cuts||Sherri Shepard|
|1994||China Moon||Rachel Munro|
|Bad Girls||Cody Zamora|
|1995||12 Monkeys||Kathryn Railly|
|1998||The Proposition||Eleanor Barret|
|Playing by Heart||Gracie|
|1999||The General's Daughter||Warr. Off. Sara Sunhill|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Julie Moore|
|Avenging Angelo||Jennifer Barrett Allieghieri|
|1978||Baretta||Anna||Episode: "The Marker"|
|The Amazing Spider-Man||Maria Calderon||Episode: "Escort to Danger"|
|The Nativity||Mary||television film|
|The Deerslayer||Hetty Hutter||television film|
|1979||Barnaby Jones||Diane||Episode: "School of Terror"|
|1980||Beulah Land||Selma Kendrick Davis||TV miniseries|
|Little House on the Prairie||Annie Crane||Episode: "Portrait of Love"|
|1981||Trapper John, M.D.||Cassie||Episode: "Creepy Time Gal"|
|The Gangster Chronicles||Ruth Lasker||TV miniseries|
|1984||Amazons||Dr. Sharon Fields||television film|
|1986||Blood & Orchids||Hester Ashley Murdoch||television film|
|2002||The Magnificent Ambersons||Isabel Amberson Minafer||television film|
|2005||Saving Milly||Milly||television film|
|2006||Southern Comfort||Charlotte||TV pilot|
|2007||Raines||Dr. Samantha Kohl||TV series; 6 episodes|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Patricia Addison||television film|
|2011–present||Revenge||Victoria Grayson||TV series, Main Role|
Awards and nominations 
|1993||Venice Film Festival||Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast||Short Cuts||Won|
|1994||National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|1996||Science fiction magazine||Best Actress in a Genre Motion Picture||Twelve Monkeys||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2000||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense||The General's Daughter||Nominated|
|ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|2003||American Veterans Award||Best Actress||We Were Soldiers||Won|
|2005||Imagen Foundation Awards||Saving Milly||Won|
|2012||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Revenge||Nominated|
|Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association||Television Performance of the Year||Nominated|
|ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Actress—Drama||Nominated|
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com, searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
- Madeleine Stowe profile at FilmReference.com
- Down-to-earth actress Madeline Stowe co-stars in '12 Monkeys'
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- Beéche, Arturo, Los Beéche en Costa Rica (1994), http://beeche.tribalpages.com/;
- Mireya Mora's parents were Federico Mora Carranza and Rosita Steinvorth Marín. Federico Mora, an accountant, was the son of Federico Mora Gutiérrez and Micaela Carranza Montealegre. Mr. Mora Gutiérrez was the son of General José Joaquín Mora Porras and María Dolores Gutiérrez de la Peña. General Mora was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, President of Costa Rica between 1849-1859. Another important link is that of Micaela Carranza Montealegre. Her father was Bruno Carranza, President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three months after taking power. His wife, Gerónima Montealegre Fernández was also the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed from 1859-1863. He was behind the overthrow of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras and his eventual execution in 1860. José María Montealegre Fernández was firstly married to a sister of Juan Rafael Mora Porras, hence they had been brothers-in-law before José María Montealegre Fernández decided to overthrow and exile Juan Rafael Mora Porras, whose unlawful execution by firing squad led to the eventual abolition of the death penalty in Costa Rica.
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- Golden Globes nominations: 'The Artist' leads pack of nominees
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- Advisory Board at Artists For Peace And Justice web site
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