Andie MacDowell

by andrew on December 10, 2013

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Birth Name: Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

Place of Birth: Gaffney, South Carolina, USA

Date of Birth: 21 April 1958

Ethnicity: English, some French, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh

Andie MacDowell is an American actress and model. She is known for starring in the films Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

She is the daughter of Pauline “Paula” Johnston (née Oswald), a music teacher, and Marion St. Pierre MacDowell, a lumber executive. With her ex-husband, model and rancher Paul Qualley (Paul James Qualley), Andie is the mother of Margaret Qualley (Sarah Margaret Qualley) and Rainey Qualley, who are also actresses. Margaret has also modelled.

Andie has English, as well as some French, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh, ancestry.

Andie’s paternal grandfather was John William MacDowell (the son of William Joseph McDowell and Ione Elliott Vinson). Andie’s great-grandfather William was the son of Joseph Lewis McDowell and Louisa Jane Twitty. Ione was the daughter of John Neil Vinson and Eliza “Lizzie” Chase Smith.

Andie’s paternal grandmother was Rainsford Fairbanks DuBose (the daughter of The Rev. McNeely DuBose and Rosalie Anderson). McNeely was the son of Cowan McNeely Dubose and Margaret Ann Boyd. Rosalie was the daughter of Henry Mortimer Anderson and Julia Isabella Hand.

Andie’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Calder/Caulder Oswald (the son of John Shorten Oswald and Phebe Sarah Peeples). John was the son of William Benjamin Oswald and Cecilia Chaplin. Phebe was the daughter of Edward Harden Peeples and Charlotte Esther Lawton.

Andie’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Viola Johnston (the daughter of Kruger Edward Johnston and Lillian Pauline Kelley). Kruger was the son of Nathan Henry/Jordan Johnston and Louisa Catherine Youmans. Lillian was the daughter of George Washington Kelley and Sarah Jane Hooks.

Sources: Genealogy of Andie MacDowell –

Genealogies of Andie MacDowell (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Family history of the MacDowell family –

Genealogy of Andie’s paternal great-grandparents, William Joseph McDowell and Ione Elliott Vinson –

Genealogy of Andie’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Calder/Caulder Oswald –

Genealogy of Andie’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Viola Johnston –

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gel October 27, 2016 at 6:58 am
andrew October 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm
gel October 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Apparently a northern English name.

andrew October 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm
andrew September 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm
neiltennant August 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

could easily pass for a jewish american woman

Kimmel May 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

The Welsh is strong in this one.

phaedra March 12, 2016 at 12:49 am

Looks like a typical Jew from New York. Lol

ashash March 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

Are you saying this because she has curly brown hair?

phaedra April 26, 2016 at 4:30 am

Curly hair, and her facial features – Deep eyes, long nose, big mouth.

follers April 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

What about a Jew from South Carolina?

South Carolina used to have the biggest Jewish population in the U.S. (in the 1820s).

neiltennant August 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

+ 1 agree i thought of a jewish mother

undashing May 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

She looks very Jewish.

Rekta April 8, 2015 at 5:03 am

She has a Northwestern European look.

Can still pass a full Welsh.

midori29 February 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

With that thick heavy curly hair, im sure there is something else mixed in. She really looks Jewish to me.

theropod March 31, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Maybe she curls it?

But yes, she has a Mediterranean look. Italian or Spanish come in mind.

stonelord June 11, 2015 at 8:58 am

Never been to Wales then? Curly dark hair, brown eyes and even a slightly olive skin tone is far from rare there

AW September 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

I can see why you’d think that. However, it’s not unusual in the British Isles, especially in places like Wales, Ireland and Scotland for people (without any Jewish admixture) to have curly hair.

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