People Staff
July 18, 1991 12:00 PM

She started as a silent film star. The director of Greystoke was so wary of her South Carolina accent that he had Glenn Close dub her lines as Tarzan’s Jane. Naysayers had her pegged as a model who would never amount to much. But MacDowell has become a seductive star of the talkies, from 1989’s sex, lies, and videotape to this year’s trio of Green Card, The Object of Beauty and Hudson Hawk. “When I first saw Andie, I knew she was different than any other model,” says Joel Schumacher, who directed her in 1985’s St. Elmo’s Fire. “All the others were extremely packaged and professionally beautiful, but I found her fascinating. Andie has a smoky quality that haunts you.” The mother of two young children, Andie (short for Anderson) lives with her husband, model Paul Qualley, in upstate New York. She was understandably fearful of acting at first. “I looked at all the other models who’d done it go bomb, bomb, bomb, and I said, ‘I’m not going through that.’ But I’ve rationalized failure. I think it’s okay to have an okay career. I don’t have to be No. 1. I want to do interesting characters. I’ve got some untapped sexuality also. There’s something raw about me in a sexual way. I’m not ready to do Streetcar—I’m not quite that worn-out and used yet. But I do think I’d be good [as the voluptuous, adulterous child bride played by Carroll Baker] in Baby Doll.”

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