MacDowell in 2003
|Born||Rosalie Anderson MacDowell
April 21, 1958
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
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. Her ancestry includes English, French, as well as some Scottish, Irish, and Welsh. 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.
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. 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. 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. In 2012 she co-starred in the short-lived ABC Family series Jane by Design. As of summer 2013, she began starring in the Hallmark Channel family series Cedar Cove.
MacDowell was married from 1986 to 1999 to fellow former model and rancher Paul Qualley, whom she met while both were posing for Gap ads. The couple have a son, Justin (born 1986), and two daughters, Rainey (born 1989, Miss Golden Globe 2012) and Sarah Margaret Qualley (born 1995), an actress. She was married to businessman Rhett Hartzog from 10 November 2001 to October 2004.
|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 aka Ruby Cairo||Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro, also known as 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|
|1997||End of Violence, TheThe End of Violence||Page|
|1997||Muppets Tonight||Herself||Guest star on Season 2 Episode 11|
|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||Dinner with Friends||Karen||TV movie|
|2003||The Practice||Grace Chapman||1 episode|
|2005||Last Sign, TheThe Last Sign||Kathy MacFarlane|
|2005||Riding the Bus with My Sister||Rachel Simon||TV movie|
|2006||Barnyard||Etta the Hen||Voice|
|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||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|
|2012||30 Rock||Claire Williams||1 episode|
|2012||Jane by Design||Gray Chandler Murray||18 episodes|
|2013||Cedar Cove||Olivia Lockhart||Main cast|
- The Tracy Family, The Great Beauties
- Mike Myers and Andie are 'dressed to kilt' in Scottish fashion show
- Andie MacDowell- Biography
- Newman, Judith (January 19, 1992). "... And Some Call for a Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- "‘Jane by Design’ Canceled Officially by ABC Family - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Reagan Alexander (Dec 8, 2011), Rainey Qualley Named Miss Golden Globe 2012, People.com
- Andie MacDowell and Husband to Divorce – Andie MacDowell : People.com
- Fernandez, Maria Elena (August 6, 2010). "Andie MacDowell joins the cast of Fox's new drama 'Lone Star'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
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