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MacDowell at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017
Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

(1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 61)
Residence Marina 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)
Children3, including Margaret Qualley

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.

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<i>Sex, Lies, and Videotape</i> 1989 film by Steven Soderbergh

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The Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead is one of the annual Independent Spirit Awards.


MacDowell starred in several notable films, including Golden Globe Award-nominated performances in Green Card (1990) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), as well as Groundhog Day (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Michael (1996) and Multiplicity (1996). She also 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]

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Green Card is a 1990 romantic comedy film written, produced, directed by Peter Weir and starring Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. The screenplay focuses on an American woman who enters into a marriage of convenience with a Frenchman so he can obtain a green card and remain in the United States. Depardieu won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, and follows the adventures of Charles (Grant) and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance. Andie MacDowell stars as Charles' love interest Carrie, with Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.

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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]

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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] [8] 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. [9] 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. [10]

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Antebellum architecture

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With Gong Li in 1998 Gong Li Andie MacDowell 1998.jpg
With Gong Li in 1998

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. [11] In 1985, she had a supporting part as a doctor in St. Elmo's Fire .

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MacDowell studied method acting with teachers from the Actors Studio, in addition to working privately with the renowned coach Harold Guskin. [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 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.

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Actors Studio organization for professional actors, theatre directors and playwrights

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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. [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 2019, she starred in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo .

Personal life

MacDowell 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 Qualley (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. She was married to businessman Rhett Hartzog from November 10, 2001, until their divorce in October 2004. [14]

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


Film and television roles
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 AntheaMiniseries
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Ann Bishop Mullany
1990 Green Card Brontë ParrishNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Hudson Hawk Anna Baragli
The Object of Beauty Tina
Women & Men 2:
In Love There Are No Rules
EmilyTV movie
1992 The Player HerselfCameo appearance
1993 Short Cuts Ann Finnigan
Groundhog Day Rita Hanson Saturn Award for Best Actress
Deception Elizabeth "Bessie" Faro/Ruby Cairoaka 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
Muppets Tonight HerselfGuest star; Season 2, Episode 11
1998 Shadrach Trixie Dabney
1999 Just the Ticket Linda PalinskiAlso producer
Muppets from Space Shelley Snipes
The Muse Laura Phillips
2000 Harrison's Flowers Sarah Lloyd
2001 Town & Country Eugenie ClaybourneAlso producer (uncredited)
On the EdgeLisaTV movie segment: "Reaching Normal"
Crush Kate Scales
Dinner with Friends KarenTV movie
2002JoJoTV movie
Ginostra Jessie Benson
2003 The Practice Grace Chapman1 episode
2005 The Last Sign Kathy MacFarlane
Beauty Shop Terri
Riding the Bus with My Sister Rachel Simon TV movie
Tara Road Marilyn
2006 Barnyard Etta the HenVoice role
2008 Inconceivable Lottie Louise Du Bose
The Prince of Motor CityGertrude HamiltonTV movie
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Kate
The 5th Quarter Maryanne Abbate
2010 As Good as Dead Helen Kalahan
Lone Star Alex [16] Unaired TV series, 2 episodes
Daydream Nation Enid Goldberg
At Risk Monique LamontTV movie
The FrontMonique LamontTV movie
2011 Monte Carlo Pamela Bennett-Kelly
Footloose Vi Moore
2012 30 Rock Claire WilliamsEpisode: "Leap Day"
Jane by Design Gray Chandler MurrayMain role; 18 episodes
2013–15 Cedar Cove Olivia LockhartMain role; 36 episodes
2013Breaking at the EdgeDr. Ghozland
2015 Magic Mike XXL Nancy
2016 Shadrach Mrs. Dabney
2017 Trial & Error Margaret HendersonEpisode: "Chapter 13: The Verdict"
Love After Love Suzanne
Only the Brave Marvel Steinbrink
RuPaul's Drag Race HerselfGuest Judge; Season 9, Episode 11
At Home in MitfordCynthia CoppersmithHallmark TV movie
Christmas Inheritance Debbie Collins
2018 The Beach House Lovie Rudland
Paper YearJoanne Winters
2019 Cuckoo Ivy MittelfartMain role (Series 5)
The Last Laugh Doris Lovejoy
One Red Nose And A WeddingCarrieTV Short film
Four Weddings and a Funeral Mrs. HowardPost-production
Ready or Not Becky Le DomasPost-production

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