A month in New York City almost cost her her career. Moving to Paris helped

  • Andie MacDowell began her career as a model in the late 1970s. She was close to quitting show business due to bad company and drugs.
  • She grew up in a family with an alcohol addiction and had to grow up quickly. “I’ve felt responsible for everything my whole life,” she said
  • In her 1984 film debut, it had to be dubbed because it sounded too southern. Her independent roles brought her critical acclaim, but she gained her greatest popularity thanks to romantic comedies in the 1990s.
  • The actress admitted that after reaching a certain age, she began to lack film roles, because “we are a culture focused on youth”
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She was born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 20, 1958 in Gaffney, USA. Before becoming an actress, she began her modeling career in the 1970s. She was only 21 years old when she came to New York for show business and immediately fell into the company of spending all night at Club 54.

It was 1979 and the iconic New York place was under siege. The Rolling Stones, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Salvador Dali and John Belushi used to be here. Young Andie, however, had no occasion to meet any celebrities there. Instead, she found a company that offered her cocaine. “I hated it!” she admitted in an interview with “The Guardian”.

After only a month in the big city, she wanted to return to her hometown, thus giving up her dreams. Fortunately, someone from the agency representing her decided that she needed a change of environment and friends. She moved to Paris, quit her job, and her great career was opened to her.

Andie MacDowell on the cover of “Grazia” magazine, 1984 – Marta Carenzi / Mondadori / Getty Images

The star of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” took out the aversion to all stimulants from the family home. As a child, she quickly had to learn to make adult decisions for a mother addicted to alcohol, and to look after her four siblings. Years later, the actress recalled that she often wandered around the house at night to check that all the cigarettes smoked by her mother were put out. Rather than being an ordinary teenager, MacDowell arranged for her mother to get a job and a drug addiction treatment.

She decided to tell the media about her childhood trauma only a few years ago, while assuring her that she had a deep affection for her mother and that she always felt loved by her. “I think I felt responsible for everything my whole life. I’m good at it because I’ve trained all my life she spoke in the pages of the magazine “The Guardian” in 2019.

As she admitted, for years she wondered how their house (and they themselves) never burned down, and struggled with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’m still struggling with anxiety disorders” the actress said in the same interview. “It’s hard to get rid of such advanced PTSD. It’s in your bones and it definitely is in your nervous system. “

Andie MacDowell during a photo shoot for an American "Vogue" in the 1980sAndie MacDowell during a photo session for the American “Vogue” in the 1980s – Andrea Blanch / Getty Images

The actress’s mother eventually overcame the addiction, although she only lived sober for the last year of her life. However, her daughter could not enjoy the closeness, because she spent this time building her career. She lived in Paris free from the problems she had in New York when she found out that her mother had died of a heart attack at the age of 53.

In memory of Andie MacDowell, she kept the letter she had given her. “She wrote in it that she was proud of me” the actress recalled.

As a model in the 1980s, she appeared in the campaigns of Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and Calvin Klein. It was the latter that caught the attention of the producers of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,” in which MacDowell starred alongside Christopher Lambert and Ian Holm. Her southern accent was too distinctive, so her character, Jane, spoke in the movie … with the voice of Glenn Close.

Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray in "Groundhog day"Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” – Columbia Pictures / East News

Then there were roles in “St. Elmo’s Fires”, the independent production “Sex, Lies and Videotapes”, for which she received nominations for film awards and critical acclaim, comedies “Green Card” and “Groundhog Day”.

A great breakthrough in her career was the romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral” from 1994. Since then, Andie MacDowell has been playing continuously, and she has combined her acting career with raising three children: son Justin and daughters Margaret and Rainey, who after many years followed in the footsteps of their mother .

Anie MacDowell in the movie "Michael"Anie MacDowell in the movie “Michael” – Everett Collection / Everett Collection / East News

Acting in such productions as “Funky Girls”, “Michael” and “Husbands and Wife”, MacDowell has not quit her job as a model and continues to readily advertise the L’Oreal brand, with which she has been associated for over four decades. The actress considers the slogan of the company “Because you are worth it” as a powerful message for women of all ages.

Despite her long career and popularity, a moment has finally come when the number of roles offered to her has dropped. She continued to act in movies, but they were not as successful as before. Moreover, she herself admitted that she is ashamed of some of them now. Why did Hollywood stop noticing her? It was like with many other stars before her: the actress turned 40 years old.

Andie MacDowell in 2019Andie MacDowell in 2019 – PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN / Getty Images

Every woman says it because it is true. We are a youth-oriented culture. In most films, the main roles are played by 30-year-olds, and a great role for a mature woman is extremely rare she noted in The Guardian.

In another interview, she said that mature people are becoming invisible and that ageism is still commonplace in Hollywood. According to her, however, one should not be ashamed of age.

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2021At the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 – Kate Green / Getty Images

The actress emphasizes that she has no problem with getting old. In 2020, she stopped dyeing her dark, curly hair, which has always been her trademark. A year later, and on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021, she delighted everyone with a storm of gray curls and … wrinkles. “I affirm my aging. I do not rejuvenate myself, I do not try to look young, but healthy she said in an interview with “Vogue” in 2021.

She recently delighted audiences by starring alongside her daughter Margaret Quailey in the Netflix series The Cleaner, where she played Paula, the main character’s mother, plagued by internal demons and bipolar disorder.

Margaret Quailey and Andie MacDowell on the show "Cleaning lady"Margaret Quailey and Andie MacDowell in the series “Cleaner” – Everett Collection / Everett Collection / East News

This project was the work of many women: it had a great female cast, four directors worked behind the camera, the production was the responsibility of a studio owned by Margot Robbie, and the script was based on the true story of Stephanie Land, who worked as a cleaner to support herself and her several-year-old daughter .

The demand for female stories in Hollywood is increasing. This gives hope for the long-awaited equality “ Andie MacDowell noticed after the premiere of “The Cleaners”, which was one of the most popular productions on Netflix in 2021.

Sources: “The Guardian”, “Vogue Polska”, hellozdrowie.pl, wikipedia

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