Excerpt from The New York Times, published Aug. 11, 2018. “MISSOULA, Mont. — Andie MacDowell turned 60 in April. When you are a woman and still working in Hollywood, an anniversary like that is more than a personal milestone, it’s a cinematic miracle, particularly when you are an actress stretching out in toothsome, age-appropriate roles.”
“Ms. MacDowell will appear in a small independent film called “Love After Love” on Hulu next month, as a middle-aged woman finding her way after the death of her spouse. It may be her finest performance since she played a sexually dormant housewife in “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” Steven Soderbergh’s weirdly prescient 1989 classic about a man (played by James Spader) who could be intimate only through the lens of a video camera.”
“It was teatime late last month, and Ms. MacDowell was sitting on a well-worn sofa upholstered in a faded cabbage rose print in the living room of her modest ranch house, mildly exasperated by her inability to recall the names of two current movie stars.”
“A wheezy, nervous, rescued Chihuahua-Boston terrier mix named Ava Gardner clung to her lap as the actress, whose beauty still startles, explained how a 2016 film, “Certain Women,” was an exemplar of the kind of work she’d like to be doing. Though she couldn’t actually remember the title.”
“Ms. MacDowell herself has passed in and out of stardom, as a model turned actress who never quite got her due, especially for her calm comic presence (she was marvelous in “Groundhog Day”).
Often she was cast as a somewhat elusive, well-scrubbed ideal (as in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” in which she somehow made a fisherman’s sweater seem sexier than a bikini).”
“Shy and solicitous in person, Ms. MacDowell plays herself on social media. Her Twitter bio quotes the Emily Dickinson poem “I’m Nobody. Who are you?” She posts photos of her dogs; inspirational quotes from authors (Anne Lamott is a favorite); and selfies of her shadow. “I figured it out,” she said. “I’m the kind person on Twitter.””