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Name: Andie MacDowell                                                                 
Birth name: Rosalie Anderson MacDowell                                               
Born: 21 April 1958 Gaffney, South Carolina                                           
Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American screen actress.                 
MacDowell was born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell in Gaffney, South Carolina,             
daughter of Paula, a music teacher, and Marion MacDowell, a lumber executive.         
Her family owned an ante-bellum summer house in Arden, North Carolina, near           
where she now lives. It has since been made into a bed-and-breakfast named the       
Blake House Inn. Graffiti from her childhood visits is preserved in an upstairs       
bedroom closet. She dropped out of Winthrop College as a sophomore in 1978 moved     
to Columbia, SC and spent several years with her sister Beverly (Babs), working       
as a waitress in one of the first "Disco" nightclubs emerging from the 70's           
Carloina Beach Clubs. Rose and her live in boyfriend, Chuck Neal, the nightclub       
DJ, organized a fashion show at the club in Columbia, "Stage Door" that               
attracted among others, photographers affiliated with New York modeling agencies.     
Discovered almost overnight and signed with Elite Model Management.                   
MacDowell appeared in print and television advertisements for the cosmetic and       
haircare company L'Oreal, a job she continued after she got her first role as an     
actress. A series of television commercials for Calvin Klein drew attention to       
her and led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of       
the Apes, a role in which her lines were rerecorded by Glenn Close because her       
southern accent was too pronounced. In 1985, she had a small part in St. Elmo's       
Fire, but her film career seemed to have stalled.                                     
Four years later, MacDowell hit her professional stride. Director Steven             
Soderbergh cast her in the 1989 independent film sex, lies, and videotape; her       
performance earned her several award nominations and led to a series of starring     
roles in films such as Green Card, The Object of Beauty, and Short Cuts. As of       
2006, her biggest successes were in the box office hits Groundhog Day and Four       
Weddings and a Funeral.                                                               
MacDowell was married from 1986 to 1999 to fellow former model and rancher Paul       
Qualley, whom she met while both were posing for GAP ads. The couple have a son       
and two daughters. She was married to Atlanta, Georgia businessman Rhett Hartzog     
from 2001 to 2004.                                                                   
MacDowell currently resides in Biltmore Forest, North Carolina near the city of       
Asheville. She also maintains a residence in Los Angeles, California.