Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress with worldwide recognition. MacDowell was recently seen on the big screen in “Footloose,” “Monte Carlo” and the indie feature “Mighty Fine” with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley.
On TV, MacDowell was featured in the ABC Family series “Jane By Design” playing a not so nice fashion executive. Previously she starred in the Lifetime Original 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 Hallmark Hall Of Fame Movie “Riding the Bus with My Sister,” directed by Anjelica Huston.
Dramatic feature performances include “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, “Unstrung Heroes,” directed by Diane Keaton and the ever-popular “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
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 in the holiday classic “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. 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.
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. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of MacDowell’s relationship with L’Oreal Paris, for which she serves as international spokesperson.