Margaret Qualley

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Qualley in 2014, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: Sarah Margaret Qualley

Place of Birth: Kalispell, Montana, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 23, 1994

Ethnicity: Norwegian (one eighth), English, French, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh, 1/16th Belgian/Walloon, 1/32 Dutch, 1/32 Belgian/Flemish

Margaret Qualley is an American model and actress. Her roles include the films Palo Alto, The Nice Guys, Novitiate, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, Death Note (2017), Donnybrook, Io, Native Son, Adam (2019), Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Strange but True, Seberg, Stars at Noon, Sanctuary (2022), Poor Things, and Drive-Away Dolls; television’s The Leftovers, Asesinato en el Hormiguero Express, Fosse/Verdon, and Maid (2021); and the video game Death Stranding. She trained as a ballerina.

She is the daughter of Paul Qualley (Paul James Qualley), a model, contractor, musician, and rancher, and Andie MacDowell, an actress and model. Her sister, Rainey Qualley, is also an actress. She was raised on a ranch in Missoula, Montana, and then in Asheville, North Carolina. Margaret is married to musician Jack Antonoff, of the band Fun.

Margaret’s paternal grandfather was Lee James Qualley (the son of Norman Loyd Qualley and Maude E. Rohan/Rhonda). Lee was born in Wisconsin. Norman was the son of Thomas J. Qualley and Helena/Lena Barlow, who were born in Iowa, both of them to Norwegian parents. Maude was the daughter of Edward Rohan and Anna/Ann Jane Applebee.

Margaret’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Ann Rondou (the daughter of Norbert A. Rondou and Mabel Anna Thompson). Patricia was born in Wisconsin. Norbert was the son of Louis Alphonse Rondou, who was Belgian, of Walloon descent; and of Mary Anna Denessen, who was of Dutch and Belgian Flemish descent. Mabel was the daughter of William Henry Thompson and Nellie/Nelly Tierney.

Margaret’s maternal grandfather was Marion St. Pierre MacDowell (the son of John William MacDowell/McDowell and Rainsford Fairbanks DuBose). Marion was born in South Carolina. John was the son of William Joseph McDowell and Ione Elliott Vinson. Rainsford was the daughter of The Rev. McNeely DuBose, who was an Episcopalian minister, and of Rosalie Anderson.

Margaret’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Johnston “Paula” Oswald (the daughter of Joseph Calder/Caulder/Coulder Oswald and Evelyn Viola Johnston). Pauline was born in South Carolina. Joseph was the son of John Sharton/Shorten Oswald and Phebe/Phoebe Sarah Peeples. Evelyn was the daughter of Kruger Edward Johnston and Lillian Pauline Kelley.

Sources: Genealogies of Margaret Qualley –

Margaret’s paternal grandfather, Lee James Qualley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Margaret’s paternal great-grandfather, Norman Loyd Qualley, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Margaret’s paternal grandmother, Patricia Ann (Rondou) Qualley Schroeder –

Genealogy of Margaret’s mother –

Family history of the MacDowell family –

Genealogies of Margaret’s maternal grandparents, Marion St. Pierre MacDowell and Pauline Johnston “Paula” Oswald –

4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    ”Norman was the son of Thomas J. Qualley and Helena Mikkelson, who were born in Iowa, both of them to Norwegian parents.”

    All the sources say Helena Barlow, except, which actually references this very page.

  2. andrew says:

    I prefer her mother

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