- Goes by Rose or Rosie to family and close friends.
- Dropped out of Winthrop University and moved to New York in order to pursue a modeling career.
- First big modeling break was a series of Calvin Klein jeans commercials in 1983.
- Played Jane in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes in her big-screen debut only to have her lines dubbed over by Glenn Close due to MacDowell's thick southern accent.
- Signed as a spokesperson with L'Oreal cosmetics in 1986.
- Won the Independent Spirit Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards for Best Actress for her breakthrough role as a repressed wife in 1989's Sex, Lies, and Videotape.
- Made her debut as an executive producer with the comedy Just the Ticket (1998), in which she also starred.
- Received Winthrop University's Medal of Honor in the Arts in 2004.
- Sponsors separate summer camps for children with diabetes, cancer and asthma.
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- 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1990, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- Justin Qualley — Son
- Sarah Margaret Qualley — Daughter
- Babs Rogers Richard — Sister
- Paula MacDowell — Mother
- Beverly MacDowell — Sister
- Kevin Geagan — Ex-fiancé
- Rainey Qualley — Daughter
- Frances MacDowell — Stepmother
- Marion MacDowall — Father
- Paul Qualley — Ex-husband
- Julia MacDowell Fleming — Sister
- Rhett Hartzog — Ex-husband
- Attended Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
- Birth Name: Rosalie Anderson MacDowell
- Birth Place: Gaffney, South Carolina, United States
- Birthday: April 21, 1958, Taurus
- Profession: Actor, Model
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