At the age of 10, Madeleine began taking piano lessons with the aim of becoming a concert pianist — and also as a way of not having to socialize with other kids. Madeleine Stowe's Russian-born music teacher Sergei Tarnowsky (he taught Vladimir Horowitz before immigrating to the US), clearly had faith in her, teaching her from his deathbed. But when he died at the age of 96, she quit ("I just felt it was time to not be by myself anymore") — and at 18 she went on her first date. She then studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California. Not overly interested in her classes, Madeleine volunteered to do performances at the Solaris, a Beverly Hills theater, where a movie agent saw her in a play, and subsequently got her several offers of appearances in movies TV and films.
For nearly fifteen years Madeleine appeared mostly in minor or supporting roles
in movies and on TV. A few of her performances from this period became, however,
well-known to the public, as was the case for Stakeout (1987), where she played
opposite Richard Dreyfuss, and Revenge, (1990), which co-starred Kevin Costner.
In 1992 Stowe finally landed a leading role in The Last of the Mohicans, which
also starred Daniel Day-Lewis.
Thereafter, several major film roles followed. The next year, director Robert Altman cast Stowe in Short Cuts, in which she gave one of her most acclaimed screen performances as the wife of compulsive liar Tim Robbins. The following year, Madeleine was a blind musician in the thriller Blink, co-starring Aidan Quinn (14 years earlier, she had a guest role as a blind painter in Little House on the Prairie). The year after that, she was a sympathetic psychiatrist in the science-fiction movie Twelve Monkeys. Madeleine postponed her acting career in 1996 in order to concentrate on motherhood. In 1998 she came back with The Proposition.
Madeleine Stowe has been married to actor Brian Benben since 1982, after meeting when they acted in a TV film the previous year. The couple have a daughter, May (born 1996) and a son, and spend all their spare time on the ranch they own in Texas.
Madeleine Stowe most recently appeared in the Jeff Goldblum Detective Drama Raines on NBC.
Film List for Madeleine Stowe
Southern Comfort (TV Series) (2006) (TV)
Saving Milly (2005) (TV)
Avenging Angelo (2002)
We Were Soldiers (2002)
The Magnificent Ambersons (2002) (TV)
The General's Daughter (1999)
The Proposition (1998)
Playing by Heart (1998)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Bad Girls (1994)
China Moon (1994)
Short Cuts (1993)
Another Stakeout (1993) (uncredited)
Unlawful Entry (1992)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Closet Land (1991), as The Victim
The Two Jakes (1990)
Revenge (film) (1990)
Blood & Orchids (1986)
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