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  • At age 10, she began taking piano lessons with the intention of becoming a concert pianist. She quit after the death of her piano teacher.
  • Discovered by Richard Dreyfuss' agent, who spotted her handing out programs during one of his theater performances. 
  • In order to land her first acting job, she fabricated a resume which included made-up play titles.
  • Met husband Brian Benben in 1980 on the set of The Gangster Chronicles.
  • Included in People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list in 1994 and 2012.
  • On the board of directors for the fund-raising organization Artists for Peace and Justice and has made several trips to Haiti during her work with the organization.


  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Robert Stowe — Brother
  • May Benben — Daughter
  • Mireya Mora — Mother
  • Brian Benben — Husband
  • Robert Stowe — Father
  • Diane Stowe — Sister


  • Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

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  • Birth Name: Madeline Marie Stowe
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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