Madeleine Stowe Profile
Born in Los Angeles, Stowe began in television before appearing in such prominent features as Revenge (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Twelve Monkeys (1995) and We Were Soldiers (2002). She tells TCM host Robert Osborne that, in today's fragmented society, she finds solace from TCM "because it offers me a place where I can lock out all the excess noise and dial into something where you can see consistently wonderful human behavior."
Stowe's programming picks cover a wide range of genres. She chooses the wartime comedy The More the Merrier (1943) because George Stevens is a favorite director and leading lady Jean Arthur is "one of the greatest comediennes." The romantic drama Splendor in the Grass (1961), directed by Elia Kazan, is "a magnificent movie, heartwarming and complex," featuring "extraordinary" performances from Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. The Italian neorealist film The Bicycle Thief (1948) is "as strong as they come," yet portrays "an inherent optimism in the human spirit." Stowe finds I Confess (1953) "atypical" of director Alfred Hitchcock, with its "constant mounting tension" in the story of a priest (Montgomery Clift) facing a moral crisis.