Andie MacDowell

Actor, Model, Producer
A former model who successfully transitioned to acting, Andie MacDowell persevered in an industry that tried to write her off right from the start. In fact, MacDowell had one of the more inauspicious of film debuts with ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Inconceivable 2014 (Movie)

Lottie Louise Du Bose (Actor)

The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breaking at the Edge 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane by Design 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Mighty Fine 2012 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Daydream Nation 2011 (Movie)

Enid Goldberg (Actor)

Footloose 2011 (Movie)

Vi Moore (Actor)

Monte Carlo 2011 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

The 5th Quarter 2011 (Movie)

Maryanne Abbate (Actor)

As Good As Dead 2010 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Happiness Runs 2010 (Movie)

Victor's Mom (Actor)

Patricia Cornwell's At Risk 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Patricia Cornwell's The Front 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Intervention 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Etta the Hen (Actor)

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Terri (Actor)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

The Last Sign 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crush 2002 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harrison's Flowers 2002 (Movie)

Sarah Lloyd (Actor)

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

Eugenie Claybourne (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Andie MacDowell 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

Linda Paliski (Actor)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

Shelley Snipes (Actor)

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

Laura Phillips (Actor)

Shadrach 1998 (Movie)

Trixie (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

Paige (Actor)

Canned Ham: Michael Keaton 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael 1996 (Movie)

Dorothy Winters (Actor)

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

Laura Kinney (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

Selma Lidz (Actor)

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

Eileen Spenser (Actor)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Deception 1993 (Movie)

Bessie Faro (Actor)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Sex, Lives and Holes in the Skies 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Ann Finnigan (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

First Person With Maria Shriver (12/23/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Anna Baragli (Actor)

The Object of Beauty 1991 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

Bronte Parish (Actor)

Rich and Famous: 1990 World's Best 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

Ann Milaney (Actor)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

Dale Biberman (Actor)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

Miss Jane Porter (Actor)

Dinner With Friends (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Mighty Fine 2012 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

("Big Date") (Song)

Biography

A former model who successfully transitioned to acting, Andie MacDowell persevered in an industry that tried to write her off right from the start. In fact, MacDowell had one of the more inauspicious of film debuts with her leading role in ""Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984), in which her Southern twang was dubbed over by the more erudite voice of actress Glenn Close. But she managed to shake off the indignity with a more winning performance in "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) before landing her critically acclaimed breakthrough role in the indie classic, "sex, lies and videotape" (1989). A much different actress than the one derided by critics for her "Greystoke" performance, MacDowell used her effusive Southern charm to endear herself to fans in lighthearted fare like "Green Card" (1990), "The Object of Beauty" (1991) and "Groundhog Day" (1993). Following a winning performance opposite Hugh Grant in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), the actress took an ill-advised role in the misfire revisionist Western "Bad Girls" (1994) before finding herself playing second fiddle to Michael Keaton in "Multiplicity" (1996) and John Travolta in "Michael" (1997). MacDowell emerged relatively unscathed from the critical and financial disaster known as "Town & Country" (2001) and delivered a fine dramatic performance in the war drama "Harrison's Flowers" (2002). Though in later years she appeared more in indie films and on television, MacDowell remained one of Hollywood's most viable leading actresses.

Relationships

Olivier Chandon

Companion
linked romantically with the champagne heir during the early 1980s

Kevin Geagan

Companion
engaged January 2006 married twice before has three daughters from his previous marriages

Rhett Hartzog

Husband
born c. 1958 from Atlanta, Georgia had attended high school together in Gaffney, South Carolina became engaged in July 2001 married on November 10, 2001 divorced October 2004

Marion MacDowall

Father
retired walked out on the family when MacDowell was six (c. 1964) remarried

Beverly MacDowell

Sister
older

Julia MacDowell

Sister
older

Pauline MacDowell

Mother
divorced MacDowell's father c. 1964 struggled with alcoholism and died of a heart attack when MacDowell was 23 (c. 1981)

Dennis Quaid Actor

Companion
Rumored to have been involved during the shooting of the HBO film "Dinner With Friends" (2001) No longer together

Paul Qualley

Husband
born c. 1958 met on a Gap fashion shoot c. 1985 married in 1986 divorced in 1999

Sarah Qualley

Daughter
born c. 1995 father, Paul Qualley

Justin Qualley

Son
born c. 1986 father, Paul Qualley

Rainey Qualley Actor

Daughter
Born in March 1989; father, Paul Qualley Co-starred with mother in "Mighty Fine" (2011); named Miss Golden Globe 2012

Babs Richard

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Gaffney Senior High School

Gaffney , South Carolina

Winthrop College

Rock Hill , South Carolina
dropped out c. 1978

Milestones

2012

Played the demanding boss of a young fashion assistant (Erica Dasher) on "Jane by Design" (ABC Family)

2011

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Monte Carlo"

2011

Cast in the remake of "Footloose," based on the 1984 dance drama that starred Kevin Bacon

2010

Starred in the Lifetime TV movie "At Risk"

2009

Joined the ensemble comedy "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay"

2006

Voiced Etta the Hen in the animated feature "Barnyard"

2005

Appeared in the comedy "Beauty Shop" opposite Queen Latifah

2005

Co-starred with Rosie O'Donnell in the CBS movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister," based on the book about her character's challenging relationship with her developmentally disabled sibling; directed by Anjelica Huston

2001

Co-starred in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"

2001

Cast in featured role as Warren Beatty's vivacious paramour in "Town & Country," which also reteamed her with Keaton

1999

Played the wife of blocked screenwriter Albert Brooks in Brooks' "The Muse"

1999

Executive produced and co-starred with Andy Garcia in the comedy "Just the Ticket"

1999

Profiled in Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait: Andie MacDowell"

1999

Realized her dream of acting with Miss Piggy in "Muppets from Space"

1998

Starred in "Shadrach" with Harvey Keitel

1997

Played Bill Pullman's wife in "The End of the Violence"

1996

Appeared as a skeptical reporter who becomes romantically involved with William Hurt in "Michael"

1996

Portrayed Michael Keaton's wife in Ramis' "Multiplicity"

1995

Headlined Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes" as a dying mother

1994

Co-starred opposite Hugh Grant in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

1993

Featured in the ensemble of Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"

1993

Played leading lady to Bill Murray in Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day"

1991

Played opposite Bruce Willis in the box-office bomb "Hudson Hawk"

1991

TV acting debut, "A Domestic Dilemma", a segment of HBO's "Women and Men II"

1990

Starred with Gerard Depardieu in the romantic comedy "Green Card"

1989

Landed breakthrough screen role in "sex, lies and videotape"

1985

Feature acting debut with her own voice, "St. Elmo's Fire"

1984

Played Jane in her feature acting debut, "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"; her natural Southern accent proved a problem and her dialogue was later dubbed by Glenn Close

1978

Dropped out of college at age 20

1978

Moved to New York City

1978

Signed by Elite Model Managment

Moved to Paris to work as an Elite model

Worked at McDonald's while in high school

Bonus Trivia

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Ever since she began her modeling career, MacDowell has been dogged by the false rumor that she was an illegitimate daughter of screen legend Charlie Chaplin.

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MacDowell continued modeling throughout her acting career as a spokeswoman for L'Oreal hair products.

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"Being a mother does make a difference; I think it keeps you on the right track. When I first started in this business, I really cared about what I did because I didn't want to humiliate my aunts and uncles, my family in general, and that sort of kept my feet on the ground." – MacDowell on her choice of roles such as Selma Lidz in "Unstrung Heroes" from Entertainment Today, Sept. 15, 1995

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About having her voice dubbed by Glenn Close in "Greystoke": "I mean, like it's your greatest fumble and everybody knows about it. And it empowers the entire world against you. Not just the writers who used to pass judgment on me. And not just the people in the business who wanted to so easily discard me or have a good joke at my expense. But every person who read an article about me could get the feeling that I was this person who was incapable of delivering, that I was this person who had to have somebody else come in and fix everything for me. But what happened, happened, and I basically have a thorn in my side that will never go away. It's a very difficult, gut-wrenching experience for me, and to constantly have to deal with it is a pain in the ass. I wish it would go away, but you can't make bad things go away." – MacDowell on having her voice dubbed by Glenn Close in "Greystroke" (1984), to US, January 1997

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"I do not think anyone could have done 'sex, lies and videotape' better that I did. That might sound vain, but that is what I thought. I did not attend the Cannes film festival [where it won best film] because I had just had a baby and looked like a cow. I was also into being a mom, nursing every two hours. That has been one of the reasons I have never become enormously successful, I think. A career is great, but not everything. It really does have to become everything to reach the top in our business." – MacDowell to the London Times, June 15, 1999

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"I don't think that youth should be glorified. But now that the baby boomers are all grown up, that obsession might change, 'I hope.'" – MacDowell on America's youth-obsessed culture, People, Feb. 19, 2004

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