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Andie MacDowell

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Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress with worldwide recognition. MacDowell was recently seen on the big screen in Footloose, Monte Carlo, and the indie feature Mighty Fine with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley.

On TV, MacDowell stars as “Judge Olivia Lockhart” in Hallmark’s first ever scripted series, Cedar Cove. Previously, she was featured on the ABC Family series Jane By Design and starred in the Lifetime original movies At Risk and The Front, both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her performance in the Emmy-nominated HBO original film, Dinner with Friends and co-starred with Rosie O’Donnell in the CBS telefilm Riding the Bus with My Sister, directed by Anjelica Huston.

Dramatic feature performances include The End of Violence, directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival; Robert Altman’s The Player and Short Cuts, for which the cast earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble; Unstrung Heroes, directed by Diane Keaton; and the ever-popular St. Elmo’s Fire.

MacDowell earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and the western Bad Girls with Drew Barrymore. She also starred in the holiday classic Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. In other comedies, MacDowell continued to partner with top leading men including Gerard Depardieu in Green Card, for which she again earned a Golden Globe nomination, Michael Keaton in Multiplicity, and John Travolta in Michael.

She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and garnered MacDowell the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress, as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, she has been presented with the coveted Cesar D’Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from Germany’s Horzu Publications, and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence.

For her philanthropic work, MacDowell was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College. She continues to serve as an international spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris, a role she has held for 25 years. The consummate storyteller, MacDowell knows how to engage all kinds of crowds. Candidly discussing everything from her difficult childhood, during which she watched her mother battle alcoholism, to relationship struggles later in life, MacDowell leads audiences through her journey toward healing and what finally made her "feel complete."

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Time to Talk Cardio

In this touching keynote speech, MacDowell, a long time heart health activist, shares the impact poor heart health has had on her personal life, as well as actionable steps audiences can take to improve their heart health through open communication with healthcare professionals.

Says MacDowell, "After losing my mother to a heart attack, I realized how important it is to take an active role in your health. Since cardiovascular disease affects so many lives, it is crucial that people communicate effectively with their health care professional."

Acting as a Way of Life

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