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Also Known As: Madeline M Stowe Died:
Born: August 18, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A highly versatile actress, Madeleine Stowe possessed an ethereal beauty that belied the intense and emotionally complex characters that she brought to life on the big screen. After many years of playing either the tortured or swooning love interest to several of Hollywood's biggest leading men like Kevin Costner and Daniel Day-Lewis, Stowe made her film debut in the action comedy "Stakeout" (1987), and later surprised critics with her breakout performance in the acclaimed classic "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), as a hard-hitting aristocrat who survives in the forests of Colonial America. Following a turn in the popular thriller "Unlawful Entry" (1992), she impressed as a clear-eyed wife of a lying cop in the biting comedy "Short Cuts" (1993) and had her first leading role in the taut thriller "Blink" (1994), before joining the mostly female cast of "Bad Girls" (1994). Stowe went on to star opposite Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller "12 Monkeys" (1995) before stepping away from acting for three years to focus on being a mother. After her return role in "The Proposition" (1998), Stowe appeared in "The General's Daughter" (1999), "Imposter" (2001) and "We Were Soldiers" (2002), only to leave...

A highly versatile actress, Madeleine Stowe possessed an ethereal beauty that belied the intense and emotionally complex characters that she brought to life on the big screen. After many years of playing either the tortured or swooning love interest to several of Hollywood's biggest leading men like Kevin Costner and Daniel Day-Lewis, Stowe made her film debut in the action comedy "Stakeout" (1987), and later surprised critics with her breakout performance in the acclaimed classic "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), as a hard-hitting aristocrat who survives in the forests of Colonial America. Following a turn in the popular thriller "Unlawful Entry" (1992), she impressed as a clear-eyed wife of a lying cop in the biting comedy "Short Cuts" (1993) and had her first leading role in the taut thriller "Blink" (1994), before joining the mostly female cast of "Bad Girls" (1994). Stowe went on to star opposite Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller "12 Monkeys" (1995) before stepping away from acting for three years to focus on being a mother. After her return role in "The Proposition" (1998), Stowe appeared in "The General's Daughter" (1999), "Imposter" (2001) and "We Were Soldiers" (2002), only to leave features to concentrate on television, culminating in her praised performance on the drama series "Revenge" (ABC, 2011- ). Throughout her career, Stowe consistently proved that she was willing and able to tackle more exciting roles usually reserved for the most seasoned and powerful actresses in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Runner, The (2015)
2.
3.
 Saving Milly (2005)
4.
 We Were Soldiers (2002) Julie Moore
5.
 Impostor (2002) Maya Olham
6.
 Avenging Angelo (2002)
7.
 General's Daughter, The (1999) Sarah Sunhill
8.
 Playing By Heart (1998) Gracie
9.
 Proposition, The (1998) Eleanor Barret
10.
 12 Monkeys (1995) Railly
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Raised in Glendale, CA
1968:
At age 10, began training to become a concert pianist with Sergei Tarnowsky
1976:
At Tarnowsky's death, abandoned playing piano
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While a freshman at USC, cut classes to volunteer at Solari Theater in Beverly Hills
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Met Richard Dreyfuss's agent and lied about her acting experiences, which included making up play title "Speaking Of"
1978:
Professional acting debut on an episode of "Baretta" (ABC)
1978:
TV-movie acting debut, NBC's "The Deerslayer", based on the novel by James Fennimore Cooper
1978:
Played Mary in the ABC TV-movie "The Nativity"
1980:
Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Beulah Land"
1987:
First released film appearance, "Stakeout"; also first onscreen collaboration with Aidan Quinn
1988:
Acted in first film, "Tropical Snow"
1990:
Co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Revenge"
1992:
Played Kurt Russell's wife in the thriller "Unlawful Entry"
1992:
Breakthrough role starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Last of the Mohicans," based on a James Fennimore Cooper novel
1993:
Briefly reprised her role from "Stakeout" in an uncredited cameo in "Another Stakeout"
1993:
Offered a strong turn as the wife of an adulterous husband in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"
1994:
Had first leading role as a blind woman who witnesses a murder in "Blink"; starred opposite Aidan Quinn
1995:
Cast as a psychiatrist in "12 Monkeys"
1998:
Returned to features after a three-year absence as co-star with Kenneth Branagh and William Hurt in "The Proposition"
1998:
Appeared as a cheating wife in "Playing By Heart"
2002:
Co-starred with Gary Sinise in the sci-fi thriller "Impostor"
2002:
Starred in the A&E miniseries version of "The Magnificent Ambersons"
2005:
Played the title role in the CBS TV movie "Saving Milly"
2006:
Co-starred with Eric Roberts and Lee Tergesen in the Fox TV movie "Southern Comfort"
2007:
Cast as a shrink on the short-lived crime drama series "Raines" (NBC)
2009:
Acted alongside James Remar and Ian Ziering in the Lifetime holiday-themed "The Christmas Hope"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"As an actress, I like forcefulness in a director, but I also like to be heard, listened to." --Madeleine Stowe quoted in Daily News, March 29, 1998.

"When I think of actors being sexy on-screen, I realize that personally, I find that a lot of directors I worled with are dar seier thatn the actors I've worked with, because they're good at what they do. I'm just so blown away at that level of competence, it's a total turn-on to me. Watching a guy do something he's really good at is sexy. And that's why so much sex doesn't work on the screen--because a lot of these guys have no idea what they're doing! Just don't tell anyone I said that." --Stowe quoted in Movieline, February 1998.

Robert Altman described Stowe's personality as "not push-around-able, a kind of cultural looseness which is either an attitude or lack of attitude."

"I love the life of an actor because you spend brief amounts of time with other people and then you just leave. I need to be alone a lot, and I need the outdoors." --Madeleine Stowe quoted in Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1994.

"Madeleine is so delicate and graceful, but she has a strong, iron will. It's unusual to have someone with her kind of fragile body language in a woman who is really tough and so utterly fearless when it comes to authority." --"Bad Girls" director Jonathan Kaplan to Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1994.

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husband:
Brian Benben. Actor. Together from 1980; married in 1986.

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father:
Robert Stowe. Civil engineer. American; died of complications from multiple sclerosis in 1983.
mother:
Mireya Mora. Costa Rican.
sister:
Diane Stowe. Born in 1960.
brother:
Robert Stowe. Born in 1962.
daughter:
May Benben. Born in summer 1996.
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