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Andie MacDowell Steps in – Read about this incredible woman!
Andie MacDowell Joins SmartTalk ConnectedConversations™2012 Season
in New Brunswick since Sigourney Weaver could not make it.
Andie MacDowell, will share her experiences and triumphs with attendees during the SmartTalk ConnectedConversations™ 2012 series. Sigourney Weaver was looking forward to speaking but obtained a leading role of a woman Secretary of State in a new cable series called Political Animals. We are hoping to schedule Sigourney Weaver next season to make up for this date.
However we couldn’t ask for a better person to step in for Sigourney Weaver. Andie MacDowell is more than a model/actress. She actually goes by two names, which makes sense, since she leads two lives…..Around Asheville, she's Rose Qualley - mother of three, faithful church-goer and active in charitable circles. Everywhere else, she's the movie star with long, dark, curly hair and a smile that is part sexy, part girl-next-door.
At Andie's Camp for Kids, where youngsters with diabetes come to the N.C. mountains for a week of fun and games, the kids have a different reaction when they meet their benefactor at the climbing wall near the woods. Working through the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center, she sponsors separate summer camps for children with diabetes, cancer and asthma. She often leaves her camp to jot off to a model or movie shoot!
This is confusing stuff if you're not grounded enough to handle it. But if you grew up in Gaffney, S.C., a child of divorce who helped care for a mother troubled by alcohol, stardom cannot blind you to what matters most.
She dropped out of Winthrop in Rock Hill in the late '70s to pursue a modeling career, then made her film debut in 1984 in "Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes." It would be just another video on the Blockbuster shelves if not for one bizarre footnote. Worried about MacDowell's Southern accent, the movie brain trust dubbed in the voice of Glenn Close.
In the 17 years since Tarzan, MacDowell has become a fixture in films, usually in a supporting role as the affable leading lady to the hottest men in Hollywood - Travolta, Hugh Grant, Andy Garcia and others. She's appeared twice on People magazine's Most Beautiful People list. Her L'Oreal spots, with the trademark phrase "Because I'm worth it," are inescapable.
MacDowell limits her film work to five months a year. That gives her the other seven months for her favorite role: Rose, dedicated mother and devoted Christian. She spends time with her four siblings and father, all of whom live within a couple hours of Asheville. Her mother died when she was 23.
You can ofter find her in unglamorous blue jeans and hiking boots, gripping a cup of coffee, refusing to surrender to idle celebrity chatter. Instead, she will turn the conversation toward the latest book she's reading, like…. "The Ragamuffin Gospel," and the challenges we face.
"We're all ragamuffins," MacDowell says. "We're dealing with the day-in and day-out of life, trying to figure it out." And just like that, it's clear: Andie MacDowell - Rose, really - is succeeding where so many fail. Despite two names and two lives, she knows who she is. She has figured it out.
We hope you will join us to welcome Andie MacDowell to our stage on May 22nd in New Brunswick, NJ at the State Theatre!
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