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Andie MacDowell


Birth name:

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell




Gaffney, SC



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United States

Executive summary:

St. Elmo's Fire


5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Andie MacDowell - Biography


Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American model and actress. She has received three Golden Globe Awards nominations. She has received the Golden Camera and an Honorary César.

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. She is of mainly Scottish descent. Her family owned an Antebellum period summer house in Arden, North Carolina. It has since been made into a bed-and-breakfast named the Blake House Inn. Graffiti from her childhood visits is preserved in an upstairs bedroom closet. She attended Winthrop College for two years before moving briefly to Columbia, South Carolina. There she worked two jobs; one in a clothing boutique and the other in a restaurant/bar called "Stage Door". "Rosie", as she was known locally, lived with her sister Beverly and saved all her money so she could move to New York City and start her career. 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 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. She worked with such esteemed photographers as Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Herb Ritts among others. A series of billboards in Time 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 recorded 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, but her film career seemed to stall.
MacDowell used this time to study 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 the 1993 comedy by Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), opposite Hugh Grant. Groundhog Day and FWAAF remain MacDowell's biggest box office hits.
MacDowell appears in print and television advertisements for the cosmetic and haircare company L'Oréal.

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 and two daughters, Rainey and Sarah Margaret. She was married to businessman Rhett Hartzog from 2001 to 2004.
MacDowell currently resides in the town of Biltmore Forest near Asheville, North Carolina. She is an avid hiker and general outdoorswoman.


Andie MacDowell - Filmography


The 5th Quarter (2010) .... Maryanne Abbate
Happiness Runs (2009) .... Victor's Mother
As Good as Dead (2009) .... Helen Kalahan
The Front (2010) (TV) .... Monique Lamont
At Risk (2010) (TV) .... Monique Lamont
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2009) .... Kate
Inconceivable (2008) .... Lottie Louise Du Bose
The Prince of Motor City (2008) (TV)
Intervention (2007/I) .... Kelly
"Insatiable" (2007) TV series (unknown episodes)
Barnyard (2006) (voice) .... Etta the Hen
... aka Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (USA: poster title)
... aka Der tierisch verrückte Bauernhof (Germany)
Tara Road (2005) .... Marilyn
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005) (TV) .... Rachel Simon
Beauty Shop (2005) .... Terri
The Last Sign (2005) .... Kathy Macfarlane
... aka Le dernier signe (France)
"The Practice" .... Grace Chapman (1 episode, 2003)
- Les Is More (2003) TV episode .... Grace Chapman
Ginostra (2002) .... Jessie
Jo (2002) (TV) .... Jo
Crush (2001/I) .... Kate Scales
... aka Drei Freundinnen und ein Liebhaber (Germany: video title)
... aka Heiraten für Fortgeschrittene (Germany)
Dinner with Friends (2001) (TV) .... Karen
Reaching Normal (2001) .... Lisa
On the Edge (2001) (TV) .... Lisa (segment "Reaching Normal")
Town & Country (2001) .... Eugenie
Harrison's Flowers (2000) .... Sarah Lloyd
... aka Les fleurs d'Harrison (France: subtitle)
The Muse (1999) .... Laura Phillips
Muppets from Space (1999) .... Shelley Snipes
Just the Ticket (1999/I) .... Linda Palinski
... aka Gary & Linda (France)
Shadrach (1998) .... Trixie
The End of Violence (1997) .... Page
... aka Am Ende der Gewalt (Germany: informal literal title)
... aka Am.Ende.der.Gew@lt. (Germany)
Michael (1996) .... Dorothy Winters
Multiplicity (1996) .... Laura Kinney
Unstrung Heroes (1995) .... Selma Lidz
Bad Girls (1994/I) .... Eileen Spenser
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) .... Carrie
Short Cuts (1993) .... Ann Finnigan
Ruby Cairo (1993) .... Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro/Ruby Cairo
... aka Deception (USA: video title (recut version))
... aka The Missing Link: Ruby Cairo
Groundhog Day (1993) .... Rita
Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules (1991) (TV) .... Emily Meadows
... aka The Art of Seduction (UK: DVD box title)
... aka Women & Men 2
Hudson Hawk (1991) .... Anna Baragli
The Object of Beauty (1991) .... Tina
Green Card (1990) .... Brontë
... aka Green Card (France)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) .... Ann Bishop Mullany
... aka Sex, Lies... (USA: short title)
"Spenser: For Hire" .... Maggie (1 episode, 1988)
- McAllister (1988) TV episode .... Maggie
"Il segreto del Sahara" (1988) TV mini-series .... Anthea
... aka Das Geheimnis der Sahara (West Germany)
... aka El secreto del Sahara (Spain)
... aka The Secret of the Sahara (USA)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985) .... Dale Biberman
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) .... Miss Jane Porter


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