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Also Known As: Rosalie Anderson Macdowall Died:
Born: April 21, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gaffney, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, model, producer, fast food employee

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Firstling, The (2012)
2.
 Footloose (2011)
3.
 Monte Carlo (2011)
4.
 Daydream Nation (2011)
5.
 As Good As Dead (2010)
6.
 Happiness Runs (2010)
9.
 5th Quarter, The (2009)
10.
 Art in Las Vegas (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked at McDonald's while in high school
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
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
1985:
Feature acting debut with her own voice, "St. Elmo's Fire"
1989:
Landed breakthrough screen role in "sex, lies and videotape"
1990:
Starred with Gerard Depardieu in the romantic comedy "Green Card"
1991:
TV acting debut, "A Domestic Dilemma", a segment of HBO's "Women and Men II"
1991:
Played opposite Bruce Willis in the box-office bomb "Hudson Hawk"
1993:
Featured in the ensemble of Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"
1993:
Played leading lady to Bill Murray in Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day"
1994:
Co-starred opposite Hugh Grant in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
1995:
Headlined Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes" as a dying mother
1996:
Portrayed Michael Keaton's wife in Ramis' "Multiplicity"
1996:
Appeared as a skeptical reporter who becomes romantically involved with William Hurt in "Michael"
1997:
Played Bill Pullman's wife in "The End of the Violence"
1998:
Starred in "Shadrach" with Harvey Keitel
1999:
Executive produced and co-starred with Andy Garcia in the comedy "Just the Ticket"
1999:
Realized her dream of acting with Miss Piggy in "Muppets from Space"
1999:
Played the wife of blocked screenwriter Albert Brooks in Brooks' "The Muse"
1999:
Profiled in Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait: Andie MacDowell"
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
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
2006:
Voiced Etta the Hen in the animated feature "Barnyard"
2009:
Joined the ensemble comedy "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay"
2010:
Starred in the Lifetime TV movie "At Risk"
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
2012:
Played the demanding boss of a young fashion assistant (Erica Dasher) on "Jane by Design" (ABC Family)
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Education

Gaffney Senior High School: Gaffney , South Carolina -
Winthrop College: Rock Hill , South Carolina -

Notes

MacDowell has kept her hand in modeling as the spokeswoman for L'Oreal hair products.

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

"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."---Andie MacDowell on her choice of roles such as Selma Lidz in "Unstrung Heroes" from Entertainment Today, September 15, 1995.

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 to US, January 1997.

"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."---Andie MacDowell to the London Times, June 15, 1999.

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

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companion:
Olivier Chandon. Linked romantically with the champagne heir during the early 1980s.
husband:
Paul Qualley. Rancher, contractor, musician, actor, former model. Born c. 1958; met on a Gap fashion shoot c. 1985; married in 1986; separated in 1999; divorced.
companion:
Dennis Quaid. Actor. Were reportedly involved when they were shooting the HBO film "Dinner With Friends".
husband:
Rhett Hartzog. Jewelry businessman. 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.
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mother:
Pauline MacDowell. Divorced MacDowell's father c. 1964; struggled with alcoholism and died of a heart attack when MacDowell was 23 (c. 1981).
father:
Marion MacDowall. Lumber executive. Retired; walked out on the family when MacDowell was six (c. 1964); remarried.
sister:
Babs Rogers Richard. Teacher. Older.
sister:
Beverly MacDowell. Realtor. Older.
sister:
Julia MacDowell. Interior decorator. Older.
son:
Justin Qualley. Born c. 1986.
daughter:
Rainey Qualley. Born in March 1989.
daughter:
Sarah Margaret Qualley. Born c. 1995.
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