Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress and spokesperson with worldwide recognition. On the small screen, MacDowell starred for three seasons in Hallmark Channel’s #1 series, “Cedar Cove,” in which she portrayed Judge Olivia Lockhart, a respected small-town municipal court judge who considers leaving the beautiful lake town where she raised her family to take a federal judgeship. Previously MacDowell was featured on the ABC Family series “Jane by Design” and starred in the Lifetime movies, “At Risk” and “The Front,” both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her performance in the Emmy® nominated HBO original film “Dinner with Friends,” and co-starred with Rosie O’Donnell in the CBS telefilm “Riding the Bus with My Sister,” directed by Anjelica Huston.
On the big screen, MacDowell earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination, and the western Bad Girls, with Drew Barrymore. She also starred alongside Bill Murray in Harold Ramis’ holiday classic Groundhog Day, which was recently inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. In other comedies MacDowell continued to partner with top leading men including Gerard Depardieu in Green Card, for which she again earned a Golden Globe® nomination, Michael Keaton in Multiplicity and John Travolta in Michael.
She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape. The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and garnered MacDowell the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as her first Golden Globe® nomination. Additionally, she has been presented with the coveted Cesar D’Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from Germany’s Horzu Publications and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence.
MacDowell’s dramatic feature performances have included The End of Violence, directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival; Robert Altman’s The Player and Short Cuts, for which the cast earned a special Golden Globe® Award for Best Ensemble and a Special Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival; Unstrung Heroes, directed by Diane Keaton and the hit St. Elmo’s Fire. MacDowell was recently seen alongside Channing Tatum in Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL and her other recent film credits include 2011’s Footloose, Monte Carlo and the indie feature Mighty Fine, with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley.
For her philanthropic work, MacDowell was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College. MacDowell has served as the national spokesperson for both The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the American Heart Association. Additionally, in her continued efforts to bring awareness to preserving nature, MacDowell has supported the Tree Farmers of America with a national awareness campaign and put two-thousand acres of her Montana ranch in a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance in her effort to preserve Montana’s natural habitat. MacDowell currently sits on the board of the National Forest Foundation.
MacDowell began her career as a model and appeared in international ad campaigns for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette, Armani perfume, Sabeth-Row and Bliss Blass. Since 1986, MacDowell has been the global spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris cosmetics and hair products. Her long-standing relationship with the brand has made history as the longest consecutive relationship between a beauty brand and spokesmodel.