Andie MacDowell

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MacDowell in 2010, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

Place of Birth: Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 21, 1958

Ethnicity: English, French, Scottish, Irish, 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 Johnston “Paula” (née Oswald), a music teacher, and Marion St. Pierre MacDowell, a lumber executive. With her former husband, model and rancher Paul Qualley (Paul James Qualley), Andie has three children, including Rainey Qualley and Margaret Qualley, who are also actresses. Margaret has also modeled.

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

Andie’s paternal grandmother was Rainsford Fairbanks DuBose (the daughter of The Rev. McNeely DuBose and Rosalie Anderson). Rainsford was born in North Carolina. The Rev. McNeely was an Episcopalian minister, and was the son of Cowan McNeely Dubose and Margaret Ann Boyd DuBose. Andie’s great-grandmother Rosalie was the daughter of Henry Mortimer Anderson and Julia Isabella Hand.

Andie’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Calder/Caulder/Coulder Oswald (the son of John Sharton/Shorten Oswald and Phebe/Phoebe Sarah Peeples). Joseph was born in South Carolina. John was the son of William Benjamin Oswald and Cecilia Elizabeth 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). Evelyn was born in South Carolina. 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.

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

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History of the MacDowell family –

29 Responses

  1. Smellybert says:

    Howard Stern wig hair.
    Andie MacDowell looks like a stereotypical Ashkenazi Jew.
    Hard to believe I’m the only poster that notices this fact?

    Where are all the race experts here that say English, French, Scottish, Irish, Welsh= some sort of Nordic looking person that jumped right out of a SS recruiting poster?

    Andie MacDowell looks like a darker type of a typical Orthodox Jewish woman you would see everywhere from NYC to Tel Aviv.

  2. andrew says:

    It appears that Cowan McNeely DuBose’s wife was Margaret Ann Boyd DuBose (daughter of parents DuBose and Boyd):

    Classic French Huguenot inbreeding.

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