Andie MacDowell dropped out of Winthrop College as a
sophomore in 1978, and signed with Elite Model Management. She
appeared in print and television advertisements for the cosmetic
and haircare company L'Oreal, a job she continued even after she
got her first job as an actress. A series of television
commercials for Calvin Klein drew attention to her and led in
1984 to her film debut in Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord
of the Apes, a role in which her lines were rerecorded by Glenn
Close. In 1985, Andie had a small part in St. Elmo's Fire, but
her film career seemed to have stalled.
Four years later, in 1989, Andie MacDowell hit her professional stride. Director Steven Soderbergh cast her in the independent film s--, 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 2004, her biggest successes were in the box office hits Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral. The latter film was a critical and commercial success, and did much to make leading man Hugh Grant a star, although it has to be noted that MacDowell's performance in the film has been a source of ridicule in the United Kingdom ever since. In particular, her delivery of the line "Is it raining - I hadn't noticed" has been featured on clip shows as a memorably excruciating cinematic moment. The film remains popular nonetheless.
MacDowell was married between 1986 and 1999 to former model and rancher Paul Qualley. The couple had a son and two daughters. Andie was married to Atlanta, Georgia businessman Rhett Hartzog from 2001 to 2004. In January 2006, she became engaged to Asheville, North Carolina businessman Kevin Geagan.
Andie MacDowell currently resides in Asheville and is famous for walking around her house in the nude.
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