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MOVIES The Trip to Bankable After a series of supporting roles, Madeleine Stowe has finally achieved name-above-the-title star status. And all it took was 15 years of paying dues and speaking her mind-and one big hit in `Last of the Mohicans'
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: de VRIES, HILARY
Date: Jan 30, 1994
Start Page: 7
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
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What emerges during a nearly two-hour conversation with Stowe is a portrait of an actress whose film persona is far removed from her real self, a self-possessed woman whose striking, Pre-Raphaelite beauty serves as a formidable mask to a decidedly restless soul. Although she insists she's been lucky in her career, a self-taught actress who has never taken a day job since she was first spotted by an agent as a freshman at USC. But Stowe has clearly logged the numerous slights and inequities she's experienced throughout her career that began more than 15 years ago with guest appearances on such TV shows as "Baretta" and "The Gangster Chronicles." Despite her rising profile, she remains someone for whom the glass is still half-empty.

It is one of the main reasons Stowe chose to do "Blink" as her first major role after "The Last of the Mohicans." Although she had doubts about the viability of the genre after less-than-happy experiences filming "Unlawful Entry" and "China Moon"-"I don't think thrillers work anymore, because they've become too formulaic"-Stowe recognized in the character of Emma Brody not only the engine of the film, but also an unusually well-defined female protagonist: a blind fiddler in an Irish band who receives her sight after an eye transplant.

That attitude is one reason Stowe is happier with her career since "Mohicans." Not only was she playing an independent woman in that film, but the love scenes between her character and [Daniel Day-Lewis]' were fully clothed, "about emotion, not sex." Her change in attitude also led Stowe to challenge [Michael Apted] on the love scenes in "Blink," as well as to refuse [Robert Altman]'s first offer to work on "Short Cuts."

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