Madeleine Stowe

Madeleine Stowe

Infobox actor
name = Madeleine Stowe

imagesize = 180px
caption = Madeleine Stowe in 2002
birthname = Madeline Mora Stowe
birthdate = birth date and age|1958|08|18
location = Los Angeles, California, U.S.
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Actress
spouse = Brian Benben (1982–present) 2 children
goldenglobeawards = Best Ensemble Cast - Special Award
1994 "Short Cuts"
awards = National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 "Short Cuts"
Volpi Cup Award for Best Ensemble Cast
1994 "Short Cuts"

Madeleine Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress.


Early life

Stowe, the eldest of three sisters, was born Madeline Mora Stowe [According to the State of California. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At] in Eagle Rock, a working class suburb of Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Mireya (née Mora), immigrated from Costa Rica and came from a prominent family, and her father, Robert Stowe, a civil engineer, was a native of Oregon. [ Madeleine Stowe Biography (1958-) ] ] [ [ Down-to-earth actress Madeline Stowe co-stars in '12 Monkeys'. | Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service (January, 1996) ] ] [ [ Search Results ] ] Stowe's father suffered from multiple sclerosis. [ ['&pqatl=google MOVIES The Trip to Bankable After a series of supporting roles, Madeleine Stowe has finally achieved name-above-the-title star status. And all it took was 15 years of paying dues and speaking her mind-and one big hit in `Last of the Mohicans' ] ]

At the age of ten, Stowe 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. Her Russian-born music teacher Sergei Tarnowsky (he taught Vladimir Horowitz before immigrating to the US), 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. [ [,,300986,00.html WHAT DRIVES MADELEINE STOW UP THE WALL? | Blink | Pop Culture News | News | Entertainment Weekly | 1 ] ] She then studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California. Not overly interested in her classes, Stowe 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 TV and films.


For nearly fifteen years Stowe 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 a high-profile film, "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 a compulsive lying and adulterous police officer played by 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"). [ [ "Little House on the Prairie" Portrait of Love (1980) - Full cast and crew ] ] The year after that, she was a sympathetic psychiatrist in the science-fiction movie "Twelve Monkeys". Stowe postponed her acting career in 1996 in order to concentrate on motherhood. In 1998 she came back with "The Proposition". She most recently appeared in the Jeff Goldblum Detective Drama "Raines" on NBC for the 2007 mid-season replacement. The series was canceled two months later.

Personal life

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 spend spare time on the ranch they own in Texas.

In December 2007, she endorsed and campaigned for John Edwards in the U.S. presidential election, 2008. [ [ Political Punch ] ]


Awards & Nominations

ALMA Awards
*2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film" - "The General's Daughter"

Saturn Awards
*1996: Nominated, "Best Actress" - "Twelve Monkeys"

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
*2000: Nominated, "Favorite Supporting Actress in a Suspense" - "The General's Daughter"

Golden Globe Awards
*1994: Won, "Best Ensemble Cast" - "Short Cuts" (shared w/castmembers)

Imagen Foundation Awards
*2005: Won, "Best Television Actress" - "Saving Milly"

National Society of Film Critics Awards
*1994: Won, "Best Actress in a Genre Motion Picture" - "Twelve Monkeys"

Venice Film Festival Awards
*1993: Won, "Best Ensemble Cast" - "Short Cuts" (shared w/castmembers)


External links

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