Madeleine Stowe


Madeleine M. Stowe is an American actress. She has appeared on stage and television in
early career, before her breakthrough role in the 1987 crime-comedy film Stakeout. She later starred in films Revenge Unlawful
Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink, Bad Girls, 12 Monkeys, The General’s Daughter,
and We Were Soldiers. Stowe also had a leading role in the independent
film Short Cuts, for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting
Actress. Stowe had left the movie screen in 2003, and
in later several years starred only in two made for television films. In 2011, she began starring as Victoria Grayson,
the main antagonist of the ABC drama series Revenge. For performance in show she was nominated
for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2012. Early life
Stowe, the first of three children, was born at the Queen of Angels Hospital, in Hollywood,
Los Angeles, California and raised in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los Angeles. Her mother, Mireya, had come from a prominent
family in Costa Rica. Her father, Robert Stowe, was a civil engineer
from a “poor Oregon family”. One of Stowe’s maternal great-great-grandfathers,
politician José Joaquín Mora Porras, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael
Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica from 1849 to 1859. Another one of Stowe’s maternal great-great-grandfathers
was Bruno Carranza, President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three
months after taking power. His wife, Stowe’s great-great-grandmother,
Gerónima Montealegre, was the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed
Costa Rica from 1859 to 1863. One of Stowe’s maternal great-grandfathers
was a German immigrant to Costa Rica. Stowe’s father suffered from multiple sclerosis,
and she accompanied him to medical treatments. She originally aspired to become a concert
pianist, taking piano lessons between the ages of ten and eighteen. Stowe would later explain that playing the
piano was a means of escape from having to socialize with other children her age. Her Russian-born music teacher, Sergei Tarnowsky,
had faith in Stowe, even teaching her from his deathbed. Following his death at the age of 92, she
quit, later commenting: “I just felt it was time to not be by myself anymore.” Stowe went on her first date at the age of
eighteen. Career
Early years Stowe studied cinema and journalism at the
University of Southern California. Not being especially interested in her classes,
she volunteered to do performances at the Solaris, a Beverly Hills theater, where a
movie agent saw her in a play and got her several offers of appearances in TV and films. In 1978, she made her debut in an episode
in the police drama series Baretta, followed by a string of TV work with guest appearances
on The Amazing Spider-Man, Barnaby Jones and Little House on the Prairie. In 1978, she played a leading role as Mary
in the television movie, The Nativity. She starred in the NBC miniseries The Gangster
Chronicles, which starred Brian Benben, her future husband. She also starred in several television films,
such as Amazons and Blood & Orchids. Breakthrough and film career In 1987, Stowe appeared in her first breakthrough
role in the feature film Stakeout with Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. The film debuted at No.1 at the box office. She co-starred with Mark Harmon in the comedy
Worth Winning, with Kevin Costner in the 1989 thriller Revenge, and opposite Jack Nicholson
in 1990 in The Two Jakes. She played a leading role in the 1991 independent
film Closet Land. In 1992, she appeared opposite Kurt Russell
in the crime drama Unlawful Entry. That same year, Stowe played Cora Munro in
The Last of the Mohicans, which also starred Daniel Day-Lewis. Her critically acclaimed performance in the
film, which grossed more than $75 million worldwide, elevated Stowe from supporting
player to an A-list movie star. The next year, director Robert Altman cast
Stowe in the award-winning ensemble cast movie Short Cuts, where she gave one of her most
acclaimed screen performances as the wife of a compulsively lying and adulterous police
officer played by Tim Robbins. She won the National Society of Film Critics
Awards for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award and a Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble
Cast for her performance in the movie. She also made a cameo appearance in Stakeout’s
sequel Another Stakeout. The following year, Stowe played a leading
role as a blind musician in the thriller Blink, in the neo-noir thriller China Moon, and in
the Western Bad Girls. The year after that, she was a sympathetic
psychiatrist in the financially successful and critically lauded science-fiction movie
Twelve Monkeys. Stowe received a Saturn Awards nomination
for this performance. In 1994 Stowe was named one of People magazine’s
“50 Most Beautiful People in the World”. In 1995, Stowe was chosen by Empire as one
of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History”. Stowe postponed her acting career in 1996
to concentrate on motherhood. In 1998, she came back with The Proposition
and Playing by Heart, and then The General’s Daughter, opposite John Travolta in 1999. In 2001, she starred in the science-fiction
box office bomb Impostor. In 2002, she played Julia Moore in the war
film We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, and the box office flop action-comedy Avenging
Angelo opposite Sylvester Stallone. In 2003, she starred in the thriller Octane
as Senga Wilson, a single mother trying to save her teenaged daughter Natasha from a
bizarre cult obsessed with blood and cars. Recent years
Stowe had left the screen in 2003 and settled on a Texas ranch outside Fredericksburg, with
her daughter May and husband Brian Benben. Stowe returned to television in 2005 with
a role in the television film Saving Milly, an adaptation of Morton Kondracke’s book of
the same name, of a woman diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Stowe starred in the not-picked-up Fox pilot
Southern Comfort about a woman who takes over her mobster husband’s business when he gets
sent to prison. In 2007, she appeared in the recurring role
of Dr. Samantha Kohl in Jeff Goldblum’s supernatural detective drama Raines on NBC, a mid-season
replacement. The series was canceled after two months. In 2009 she starred in the Lifetime movie,
The Christmas Hope. In 2011, Stowe played Victoria Grayson, the
glamorous and powerful matriarch of the Grayson family, on ABC’s television drama series Revenge. It debuted on September 21, and was picked
up for a full season by ABC on October 13. Stowe’s portrayal of the character received
critical praise, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television
Series Drama for this role. In April 2012, she came in fifth in People
magazine’s annual Most Beautiful Woman list. Personal life
In 1982, Stowe married Brian Benben, whom she met on the set of the NBC miniseries The
Gangster Chronicles the previous year. They live near Johnson City, Texas, and have
a daughter named May Theodora. In 2008, Stowe travelled to Haiti and helped
found Artists for Peace and Justice. She is on the Board of Directors of the foundation. Filmography
Film Television
Awards and nominations References External links
Madeleine Stowe at the Internet Movie Database Madeleine Stowe at the TCM Movie Database
Madeleine Stowe at AllMovie Madeleine Stowe at TVGuide.com
Madeleine Stowe at People.com

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