Carey Lowell biography
Actress. Born February 11, 1961, in Huntington, New York, Lowell grew up in Libya, Holland, Virginia, and Texas. A geologist's daughter, she was signed by the Ford modeling agency right out of high school. During college (she attended the University of Colorado for a year and then transferred to New York University) Lowell modeled for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, but soon turned to acting.
Her first theater experience was with New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1986, she made her film debut in Club Paradise and then Dangerously Close, and in 1987 she appeared in Downtwisted. Carey Lowell met her future husband, Griffin Dunne, while shooting Me and Him, a comedy, in 1988. In 1989 she was cast as the sixteenth "James Bond girl," the tough, confrontational CIA agent Pam Bouvier, opposite Timothy Dalton as Bond in Licence to Kill (1989).
A leading role followed, in William Friedkin's silly horror film The Guardian in 1990. Her next film, a romantic comedy, Road to Ruin, came and went without a trace. She had a small role in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle in 1993, as Tom Hanks' deceased wife. Lowell then returned to modeling (for Revlon) but continued to win small roles. She appeared in the big-budget Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, in 1994, and in Mike Figgis' acclaimed low-budget Leaving Las Vegas in 1995, in which she played a bank teller who clashes with a hung-over Nicolas Cage. Lowell also appeared in the 1995 short drama The Duke of Groove, directed by Dunne. Lowell and Dunne separated shortly thereafter.
Lowell's TV exposure has included the starring role of Dottie (the role originated by Geena Davis in the movie) in the short-lived comedy series A League of Their Own. In 1995, she made Fierce Creatures, the sequel to the hit comedy A Fish Called Wanda, directed by John Cleese and starring Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, and Jamie Lee Curtis (released in 1997).
Carey Lowell was having trouble getting parts and decided to enroll at New York University summer school in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking. But her luck turned around, and on the first day of classes she had to withdraw from school to take the part of Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross on the award-winning Law & Order. Lowell left Law & Order two years later, at the end of its eighth season, to spend more time with her daughter. Lowell married actor Richard Gere in 2002. The couple has a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in February 2000. Lowell and Gere announced their separation in September 2013.