career as an international star is a testimony to her ability
to be seen in a wide variety of films, ranging from big-budget
Hollywood pictures to intense offbeat independent features.
MacDowell first received widespread acclaim for her performance
as a repressed young housewife in Steven Soderbergh's sex,
lies, & videotape (winner of the Palme d-Or Award at the
Cannes Film Festival). For her work in the film, MacDowell received
the Los Angeles Film Critics Association-s Best Actress Award.
She was also honored with an Independent Spirit Award, and was
nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
While MacDowell came to fame in dramatic roles, she also appeals
to audiences because of her humor and likability. Those qualities
were evident in her roles in Peter Weir's Green Card (for
which she received a second Golden Globe Award nomination) and
Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day (in which she starred with
This image was further enhanced as MacDowell appeared in two consecutive
films for Robert Altman: The Player and Short Cuts.
In 1994, she was the #1 female box-office draw worldwide thanks
to her starring roles in Mike Newell-s romantic comedy smash Four
Weddings and a Funeral (which earned her a third Golden Globe
Award nomination) and the Western Bad Girls.
Refusing to be typecast, she next starred with John Turturro in
Diane Keaton-s Unstrung Heroes, and with John Travolta
and William Hurt in Nora Ephron's Michael. Reteaming with
Harold Ramis, she starred opposite Michael Keaton in Multiplicity.
In Wim Wenders' The End of Violence, she appeared with
Bill Pullman. She then starred in Susanna Styron's Shadrach
and Richard Wenk's Just the Ticket.
Confirming her international appeal, MacDowell received, in 1997,
an honorary Cesar Award (the French equivalent of the Academy
Award); and Germany's Goldene Kamera Award for career achievement).
MacDowell will next be seen in Town & Country with
Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn.
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