Andie MacDowell

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and fashion model. 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), for which she won Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. She also received Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in Green Card (1990) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

Andie MacDowell
MacDowell at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958
ResidenceMarina del Rey, California, U.S.
Huson, Montana, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1977–present
  • Paul Qualley
    (m. 1986; div. 1999)
  • Rhett Hartzog
    (m. 2001; div. 2004)

MacDowell starred in Groundhog Day (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Michael (1996), and Multiplicity (1996). She had roles in a number of less successful movies, including The End of Violence (1997), The Muse (1999) and Town & Country (2001). She later went on to star in a number of independent films, and to play supporting parts in movies such as Beauty Shop (2005), Footloose (2011), and Magic Mike XXL (2015). She received critical acclaim for the 2017 drama film Love After Love.[1][2]

MacDowell has modeled for Calvin Klein Inc. and has been a spokeswoman for L'Oréal since 1986, celebrating 30 years with the company in 2016.[3]

Early life

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.[4] Her ancestry includes English, French, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh.[5][6] 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. Her mother was an alcoholic and her parents divorced when she was six years old.[7] When she was eight, her father remarried to the former Mary Frances Stone; this union lasted until his death. Her mother died prematurely at the age of 53.[8] 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, and later signed with Elite Model Management in New York City in 1978.[9]


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.[10] In 1985, she had a supporting part as a doctor 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.[9] 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.[9] In 2012, she co-starred in the short-lived ABC Family series Jane by Design.[11] From 2013 to 2015, she starred in the Hallmark Channel family series Cedar Cove. In 2019, she starred in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo.

Personal life

MacDowell's mother was an alcoholic, and MacDowell cared for her from an early age.[12]

She married rancher and fellow former model Paul Qualley in 1986. The two met while both were posing for Gap ads. They had a son, Justin (born 1986), and two daughters, Rainey (born 1990), named Miss Golden Globe 2012,[13] and (Sarah) Margaret (born 1994), an actress. They divorced in 1999.[14] Following her divorce from Qualley, she was in a year-long affair with actor Dennis Quaid. In 1999, thanks to her sister Julia, Andie met her high school classmate Rhett Hartzog, a businessman, who she married on November 10, 2001. The couple divorced in October 2004.[14]

As of 2013, MacDowell resides in Marina del Rey, California.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Miss Jane Porter
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Dale Biberman
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Ann Bishop Mullany
1990 Green Card Brontë Parrish Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Hudson Hawk Anna Baragli
The Object of Beauty Tina
1992 The Player Herself Cameo appearance
1993 Short Cuts Ann Finnigan
Groundhog Day Rita Hanson Saturn Award for Best Actress
Deception Elizabeth "Bessie" Faro/Ruby Cairo AKA Ruby Cairo
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Carrie
Bad Girls Eileen Spenser
1995 Unstrung Heroes Selma Lidz
1996 Multiplicity Laura Kinney
Michael Dorothy Winters Goldene Kamera Award for Best International Actress
1997 The End of Violence Page Max
1998 Shadrach Trixie Dabney
1999 Just the Ticket Linda Palinski Also producer
Muppets from Space Shelley Snipes
The Muse Laura Phillips
2000 Harrison's Flowers Sarah Lloyd
2001 Town & Country Eugenie Claybourne Also producer (uncredited)
Crush Kate Scales
2002 Ginostra Jessie Benson
2005 The Last Sign Kathy MacFarlane
Beauty Shop Terri
Tara Road Marilyn
2006 Barnyard Etta the Hen Voice role
2007 Intervention Kelly
2008 Inconceivable Lottie Louise Du Bose
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Kate
The 5th Quarter Maryanne Abbate
2010 As Good as Dead Helen Kalahan
Daydream Nation Enid Goldberg
2011 Monte Carlo Pamela Bennett-Kelly
Footloose Vi Moore
2013 Breaking at the Edge Dr. Ghozland
2015 Magic Mike XXL Nancy
2017 Love After Love Suzanne
Only the Brave Marvel Steinbrink
Christmas Inheritance Debbie Collins
2018 Paper Year Joanne Winters
2019 The Last Laugh Doris Lovejoy
Ready or Not Becky Le Domas
2020 No Man's Land Monica Greer post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Secret of the Sahara Anthea Miniseries; 4 episodes
1989 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Andie MacDowell/Tracy Chapman"
1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Emily TV movie
1997 Muppets Tonight Herself Episode: "Andie MacDowell"
2001 On the Edge Lisa TV movie segment: "Reaching Normal"
Dinner with Friends Karen TV movie
2002 Jo Jo TV movie
2003 The Practice Grace Chapman Episode: "Les Is More"
2005 Riding the Bus with My Sister Rachel Simon TV movie
2008 The Prince of Motor City Gertrude Hamilton TV movie
2010 Lone Star Alex[16] 2 episodes (unaired)
At Risk Monique Lamont TV movie
The Front Monique Lamont TV movie
2012 30 Rock Claire Williams Episode: "Leap Day"
Jane by Design Gray Chandler Murray Main role; 18 episodes
2013–15 Cedar Cove Olivia Lockhart Main role; 36 episodes
2017 Trial & Error Margaret Henderson Episode: "Chapter 13: The Verdict"
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Gayest Ball Ever"
At Home in Mitford Cynthia Coppersmith TV movie
2018 The Beach House Lovie Rudland TV movie
2019 Cuckoo Ivy Mittelfart Main role (Series 5)
One Red Nose Day and a Wedding Carrie TV short film
Four Weddings and a Funeral Mrs. Howard Episode: "We Broke"
2019 Lovestruck Lily TV movie , post-production


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