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Andie MacDowell is an American actress and fashion model. She made her film debut in 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, before receiving critical acclaim for her role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). For the film, she won Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.
In the early 1980s, MacDowell modeled for Vogue magazine and appeared in ad campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette and Armani perfume. A series of billboards in Times Square and national TV commercials for Calvin Klein won attention. This led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
MacDowell studied method acting with teachers from the Actors Studio. She also worked privately with the renowned coaches Harold Guskin and Warren Robertson. Then, four years later, director Steven Soderbergh cast her in the independent film Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Her performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Moreover, this led to a series of starring roles in films such as Green Card, The Object of Beauty, and Short Cuts.
MacDowell then starred in Groundhog Day (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Michael (1996), and Multiplicity (1996).
She later went on to star in a number of independent films, and she played supporting parts in movies such as Beauty Shop (2005), Footloose (2011), and Magic Mike XXL (2015). She received critical acclaim for the 2017 drama film Love After Love.
MacDowell has modeled for Calvin Klein Inc. She has been a spokeswoman for L’Oréal since 1986, celebrating 30 years with the company in 2016.