As we continue our observance of Women’s History Month, we look briefly at actress, model and South Carolina native Andie MacDowell.
MacDowell (1958- )is a native of Gaffney, SC and had an unhappy home life. After working several minimum wage jobs, she attended Winthrop University for two semesters before dropping out. Living briefly in Columbia with her sister, MacDowell eventually made her way to New York City where she began a modeling career.
In 1984, she landed her first film role as Jane Porter in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Because of her thick southern accent, all of her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close, the last time that happened. After appearing in St. Elmos’s Fire in 1985, MacDowell achieved a breakthrough in Sex, Lies and Videotape as a dissatisfied housewife, a role that won her several accolades.
MacDowell is perhaps best known for two films of the 1990s: Groundhog Day (1993) with S.C. resident Bill Murray and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) with Hugh Grant. In 2005, MacDowell appeared in the Queen Latifah film Beauty Shop. She also appeared in the 2011 remake of Footloose.
The mother of two, MacDowell makes her home in Biltmore Village, NC. By the way, MacDowell received a Gold Medal from Winthrop in 2004. It appears she was told she, “wouldn’t go far in acting.” She is also a spokesperson for L'Oreal cosmetics.
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