Andie MacDowell

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Andie MacDowell
MacDowell at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 65)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1977–present
  • Paul Qualley
    (m. 1986; div. 1999)
  • Rhett Hartzog
    (m. 2001; div. 2004)
Children3, including Rainey Qualley and Margaret Qualley
RelativesJack Antonoff (son-in-law)

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model. MacDowell is known for her starring film roles in romantic comedies and dramas. She has modeled for Calvin Klein and has been a spokeswoman for L'Oréal since 1986.[1]

Her early films include Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and the Brat Pack vehicle film St. Elmo's Fire (1985). Her breakout role was in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) which earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. She then starred in a series of films including Green Card (1990), Groundhog Day (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Michael (1996), Multiplicity (1996), and The Muse (1999).

She is also known for her supporting film roles in Beauty Shop (2005), Footloose (2011), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Love After Love (2017), and Ready or Not (2019).[2][3] She co-starred opposite her daughter Margaret Qualley in the Netflix miniseries Maid (2021) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Early life[edit]

MacDowell was born on April 21, 1958, in Gaffney, South Carolina, to Pauline "Paula" Johnston (née Oswald), a music teacher, and Marion St. Pierre MacDowell, a lumber executive[4] who had studied forestry at the University of the South. Her parents called her Rose. She has three older sisters (Babs, Julia and Beverly)[5] and her ancestry includes Scottish.[6] Her mother was an alcoholic, and her parents divorced when she was six.[7] MacDowell's mother died of a heart attack in 1981 at age 53 after living sober for a year.[8] When MacDowell was eight, her father remarried, this time to the former Mary Frances Stone; this union lasted until his death. MacDowell graduated from Gaffney High School in 1976,[9] then went on to attend Winthrop University for two years before moving briefly to Columbia, South Carolina. After having been spotted by a representative from Wilhelmina Models while she was on a trip to Los Angeles, MacDowell signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management in New York City in 1978.[10] Elite sent her to model in Paris for a year and a half.[5]


In the early 1980s, MacDowell modeled 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 won attention and led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. In this role, MacDowell's lines were dubbed by Glenn Close because her Southern accent was considered too pronounced for her role as Jane.[11] In 1985, MacDowell filled a supporting role as a doctor in St. Elmo's Fire.

MacDowell at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival

MacDowell studied method acting with teachers from the Actors Studio in addition to working privately with the renowned coaches Harold Guskin and Warren Robertson.[10] 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, and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among others award nominations, which 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, as well as that of Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), opposite Hugh Grant.[citation needed]

Since 1986, MacDowell has appeared in print and television advertisements for cosmetic and haircare company L'Oréal. In 2000 she starred in Harrison's Flowers. In later years, she has acted primarily on television and in independent films.[10] In 2012, she co-starred in the short-lived ABC Family series Jane by Design.[12] From 2013 to 2015, she starred in the Hallmark Channel family series Cedar Cove. In 2018 MacDowell starred in and produced the Hallmark Hall of Fame film directed by Roger Spottiswoode based on the novel by Mary Alice Monroe, The Beach House. Also in 2018, she was cast in the horror comedy film Ready or Not,[13] which was shot over 26 days.[14] The film was released in 2019, and was a critical and commercial success.[15][16] In 2019, she starred in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo. In an episode of NBC's Mr. Mayor that aired January 2021, MacDowell plays a fictionalized version of herself. In the same year MacDowell stars alongside her daughter, Margaret Qualley, in the Netflix show Maid.

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, MacDowell married Paul Qualley, a rancher and fellow former model. The two met while posing for Gap ads. They had a son, Justin, and two daughters, Rainey, an actress and singer,[17] and Margaret, also an actress.

MacDowell and Qualley divorced in 1999.[18] Following her divorce from Qualley, MacDowell entered a year-long relationship with actor Dennis Quaid. In 1999, through her sister Julia, MacDowell reconnected with a former high school classmate, Rhett Hartzog, a businessman. They married on November 10, 2001, and divorced in October 2004.[18] As of 2013, she resided in Marina del Rey, California.[19] Since 2023, she has resided on the coast of South Carolina.[5]


Year Category Name Work
1989 Best Actress 1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Sex, Lies, and Videotape[20]
1990 Best Female Lead Independent Spirit Awards Sex, Lies, and Videotape
1994 Best Actress Saturn Awards Groundhog Day


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  3. ^ Hammond, Pete (March 29, 2018). "Andie MacDowell On First Nude Scene, Why 60 Is Better Than 30 & How A Legendary Critic Saved Her Career". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
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  14. ^ Marc, Christopher (September 15, 2018). "Fox Searchlight's Thriller 'Ready Or Not' Starring Samara Weaving Shoots October–November". GWW. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
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  17. ^ Reagan Alexander (December 8, 2011), Rainey Named Miss Golden Globe 2012, People
  18. ^ a b "Andie MacDowell and Husband to Divorce". People. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  19. ^ "Andie MacDowell buys in Marina Del Rey and sells in North Carolina". Trulia's Blog. March 22, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Mathews, Jack (December 18, 1989). "Spike Lee's 'Right Thing' Takes L.A. Film Critics' Top Award : Movies: The 26 members agreed on "My Left Foot," "sex, lies" and "Baker Boys" but split a tie for best actress between MacDowell and Pfeiffer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2021.

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