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Madeleine Marie Stowe[1] (born August 18, 1958)[2] is an American actress. She appeared mostly on television before her breakthrough role in the 1987 crime-comedy film Stakeout. She went on to star in the films Revenge (1990), Unlawful Entry (1992), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Blink (1993), Bad Girls (1994), 12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
(1995), The General’s Daughter (1999), and We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers
(2002). For her role in the 1993 independent film Short Cuts, she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. As of 2015, Stowe's most recent film appearance was in the 2003 thriller Octane. From 2011 to 2015, she starred as Victoria Grayson, the main antagonist of the ABC drama series Revenge. For this role, she was nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.


1 Early life 2 Acting career

2.1 Early years 2.2 Breakthrough and film career 2.3 Recent years

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Stowe, the first of three children, was born at the Queen of Angels Hospital,[3] in Los Angeles, California[2][4] and raised in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los Angeles. Her father, Robert Stowe, was a civil engineer from Oregon, while her mother, Mireya (née Mora Steinvorth), came from a prominent family in Costa Rica.[4][5][6][7] One of Stowe's maternal great-great-grandfathers, politician José Joaquín Mora Porras, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica
Costa Rica
from 1849 to 1859. Another maternal great-great-grandfather, Bruno Carranza, was briefly President of that country in 1870 (he resigned three months after taking power); his wife, Stowe's great-great-grandmother Gerónima Montealegre, was the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed Costa Rica
Costa Rica
from 1859 to 1863.[8] One of Stowe's maternal great-grandfathers was a German immigrant to Costa Rica.[8][9] Stowe's father suffered from multiple sclerosis, and she accompanied him to his medical treatments.[10][11] Stowe originally aspired to become a concert pianist, taking lessons between the ages of ten and eighteen. She later explained that playing the piano was a means to escape having to socialize with other children her age. Her Russian-born music teacher, Sergei Tarnowsky, had faith in Stowe, even teaching her from his deathbed. Following his death at the age of 92, she quit, later commenting, "I just felt it was time to not be by myself anymore." Acting career[edit] Early years[edit] Stowe studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California. Not being especially interested in her classes, she volunteered to do performances at the Solaris, a Beverly Hills theater, where a movie agent saw her in a play and got her several offers of appearances in TV and films. In 1978, she made her debut in an episode in the police drama series Baretta, followed by a string of TV work with guest appearances on The Amazing Spider-Man, Barnaby Jones and Little House on the Prairie. In 1978, she played a leading role as Mary in the television movie, The Nativity (1978).[12] She starred in two NBC
miniseries: Beulah Land (1980) and The Gangster Chronicles (1981), which starred Brian Benben, her future husband. She also starred in several television films, such as Amazons (1984) and Blood & Orchids (1986). Breakthrough and film career[edit]

Madeleine Stowe
Madeleine Stowe
in 2002

In 1987, Stowe appeared in her first breakthrough role in the feature film Stakeout with Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
and Emilio Estevez.[12] The film debuted at No.1 at the box office.[13][14] She co-starred with Mark Harmon in the comedy Worth Winning, with Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
in the 1989 thriller Revenge, and opposite Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
in 1990 in The Two Jakes. She played a leading role in the 1991 independent film Closet Land.[15] In 1992, she appeared opposite Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell
in the crime drama Unlawful Entry.[16] That same year, Stowe played Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans, which also starred Daniel Day-Lewis. Her critically acclaimed performance in the film, which grossed more than $75 million worldwide, elevated Stowe from supporting player to an A-list movie star.[12][17] The next year, director Robert Altman
Robert Altman
cast Stowe in the award-winning ensemble cast movie Short Cuts, where she gave one of her most acclaimed screen performances as the wife of a compulsively lying and adulterous police officer played by Tim Robbins. She won the National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and a Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Ensemble Cast for her performance in the movie.[18] She also made a cameo appearance in Stakeout's sequel Another Stakeout.[12] The following year, Stowe played a leading role as a blind musician in the thriller Blink, in the neo-noir thriller China Moon, and in the Western Bad Girls.[17] The year after that, she was a sympathetic psychiatrist in the financially successful and critically lauded science-fiction movie 12 Monkeys. Stowe received a Saturn Awards nomination for this performance.[18]

Madeleine Stowe
Madeleine Stowe
in 2008

In 1994 Stowe was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".[12][19] In 1995, Stowe was chosen by Empire as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History".[20] Stowe postponed her acting career in 1996 to concentrate on her family life. She settled for several years in a Texas ranch, with her daughter May and husband Brian Benben.[21] In 1998, she came back with The Proposition and Playing by Heart, and then The General's Daughter, opposite John Travolta
John Travolta
in 1999.[17] In 2001, she starred in the science-fiction box office bomb Impostor.[22] In 2002, she played Julia Moore in the war film We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers
with Mel Gibson, and the box office flop action-comedy Avenging Angelo
Avenging Angelo
opposite Sylvester Stallone.[17] In 2003, she starred in the thriller Octane as Senga Wilson, a single mother trying to save her teenage daughter (Mischa Barton) from a bizarre cult obsessed with blood and cars. Recent years[edit] Stowe's onscreen appearances rarefied in the 2000s, as she focused on motherhood. She later stated in an interview : "I never thought, "I’m retiring," but I didn’t feel that "thing" revving in me. I was much more focused on May. It was frustrating at times, but now I see how she’s turned out, I wouldn’t have it any other way."[21] She occasionnally appeared in some TV productions, such as Saving Milly, an adaptation of Morton Kondracke's book of the same name, of a woman diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.[23] Stowe starred in the not-picked-up Fox pilot Southern Comfort about a woman who takes over her mobster husband's business when he gets sent to prison.[24] In 2007, she appeared in the recurring role of Dr. Samantha Kohl in Jeff Goldblum's supernatural detective drama Raines on NBC, a mid-season replacement. The series was canceled after two months. In 2009 she starred in the Lifetime movie, The Christmas Hope.[17]

Stowe at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2011, Stowe announced her return and began playing Victoria Grayson, the glamorous and powerful matriarch of the Grayson family, on ABC's television drama series Revenge.[25][26] It debuted on September 21, and was picked up for a full season by ABC on October 13.[27] Stowe's portrayal of the character received critical praise,[28] and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for this role.[29] In April 2012, she was listed at No. 5 in People magazine's annual Most Beautiful Woman list.[30][31] Personal life[edit] In 1982, Stowe married Brian Benben, whom she met on the set of the NBC
miniseries The Gangster Chronicles
The Gangster Chronicles
the previous year. They live west of Austin, near Johnson City, Texas, and have a daughter named May Theodora (born 1996).[32] In 2008, Stowe traveled to Haiti
and helped found Artists for Peace and Justice. She is on the Board of Directors of the foundation.[33][34] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1981 Gangster Wars Ruth Lasker

1987 Stakeout Maria McGuire

1988 Tropical Snow Marina

1989 Worth Winning Veronica Briskow

1990 Revenge Miryea Mendez

1990 Two Jakes, TheThe Two Jakes Lillian Bodine

1991 Closet Land Victim

1992 Unlawful Entry Karen Carr

1992 Last of the Mohicans, TheThe Last of the Mohicans Cora Munro

1993 Another Stakeout Maria McGuire Uncredited cameo

1993 Short Cuts Sherri Shepard

1994 China Moon Rachel Munro

1994 Blink Emma Brody

1994 Bad Girls Cody Zamora

1995 12 Monkeys Kathryn Railly

1998 The Proposition Eleanor Barret

1998 Playing by Heart Gracie

1999 General's Daughter, TheThe General's Daughter Warr. Off. Sara Sunhill

2001 Impostor Maya Olham

2002 We Were Soldiers Julia Moore

2002 Avenging Angelo Jennifer Barrett Allieghieri

2003 Octane Senga Wilson


Year Title Role Notes

1978 Baretta Anna Episode: "The Marker"

1978 Amazing Spider-Man, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man Maria Calderon Episode: "Escort to Danger"

1978 Nativity, TheThe Nativity Mary, mother of Jesus Movie

1978 Deerslayer, TheThe Deerslayer Hetty Hutter Movie

1979 Barnaby Jones Diane Episode: "School of Terror"

1980 Beulah Land Selma Kendrick Davis Miniseries

1980 Little House on the Prairie Annie Crane Episode: "Portrait of Love"

1981 Trapper John, M.D. Cassie Episode: "Creepy Time Gal"

1981 Gangster Chronicles, TheThe Gangster Chronicles Ruth Lasker Miniseries

1984 Amazons Dr. Sharon Fields Movie

1986 Blood & Orchids Hester Ashley Murdoch Movie

2002 Magnificent Ambersons, TheThe Magnificent Ambersons Isabel Amberson Minafer Movie

2005 Saving Milly Milly Martinez Movie

2006 Southern Comfort Charlotte Pilot

2007 Raines Dr. Samantha Kohl 5 episodes

2009 Christmas Hope, TheThe Christmas Hope Patricia Addison Movie

2011–15 Revenge Victoria Grayson 89 episodes

2016 12 Monkeys Lillian Episode: "Memory of Tomorrow"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Stowe in New Hampshire in 2008

Year Association Category Work Result

1993 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Ensemble Cast Short Cuts Won

1994 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Short Cuts Won

1994 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Ensemble Cast Short Cuts Won

1996 Science fiction magazine Best Actress in a Genre Motion Picture 12 Monkeys Won

1996 Saturn Awards Best Actress 12 Monkeys Nominated

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense The General's Daughter Nominated

2000 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film The General's Daughter Nominated

2003 American Veterans Center Best Actress We Were Soldiers Won

2005 Imagen Awards Best Actress Saving Milly Won

2012 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Revenge Nominated

2012 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Drama Revenge Nominated

2013 TV Guide
TV Guide
Awards Favorite Villain Revenge Nominated

2014 Keck School of Medicine of USC Humanitarian Award[35] Won


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Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com, searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461 ^ "Madeleine Stowe". Los Angeles
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Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2014.  ^ a b " Madeleine Stowe
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(1994), http://beeche.tribalpages.com/; ^ [1][dead link] ^ "The Trip to Bankable", Los Angeles
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Times, January 30, 1994 ^ " Madeleine Stowe
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on Caring For Someone With MS". NewLifeOutlook Multiple Sclerosis.  ^ a b c d e "Biography for Madeleine Stowe". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 16, 2011.  ^ "Stakeout' Ranks No. 1 In Box-Office Sales". The New York Times. 1987-09-02. Retrieved February 16, 2011.  ^ "Stakeout in First Place In Week's Ticket Sales". The New York Times. 1987-08-27. Retrieved February 16, 2011.  ^ Closet Land
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(1990), AllRovi ^ Unlawful Entry, Box Office Mojo ^ a b c d e "Madeleine Stowe- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved February 17, 2011.  ^ a b "Awards for Madeleine Stowe". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 16, 2011.  ^ "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World". People magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2011.  ^ "Madeleine Stowe".  ^ a b Madeleine Stowe: Best Revenge, People, 12 December 2011 ^ "Impostor - boxofficemojo". Retrieved 28 November 2014.  ^ TELEVISION REVIEW When the Course of True Love Is Derailed by Disease, March 12, 2005, The New York Times ^ IN OTHER FALL PILOT NEWS..., Feb 27, 2006, TV Guide ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 15, 2011). " Madeleine Stowe
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of 'Revenge'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 17, 2011.  ^ "Golden Globes nominations: 'The Artist' leads pack of nominees". EW.com. Retrieved 28 November 2014.  ^ PEOPLE's 2012 World's Most Beautiful Woman, People, Retrieved April 28, 2012 ^ Madeleine Stowe
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Shares Mom's Best Beauty Advice, People, April 17, 2012, Retrieved April 25, 2012 ^ People Weekly. September 28, 1998, p. 29. ^ "abc News". Retrieved July 2013.  Check date values in: access-date= (help) ^ "The Team - Artists For Peace And Justice web site". Retrieved 28 November 2014.  ^ "Twitter / USCHealthNews: Actress Madeleine Stowe
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