Law & Order
Actress and former model Carey Lowell is often recognized for portraying Pam Bouvier in “Licence to Kill” (1989), opposite Timothy Dalton as James Bond. She later achieved success on the small screen with her portrayal of A.D.A. Jamie Ross on “Law & Order” (1996-1998, 1999 and 2001), for which she picked up four Screen Actors Guild nominations. She also played the role in an episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1997) and two episodes of “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005). Lowell's film credits include “Dangerously Close” (1986), “Down Twisted” (1987), “The Guardian” (1990), “Road to Ruin” (1991), “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), “Love Affair” (1994) and “Fierce Creatures” (1997).
Lowell is married to film star Richard Gere and has one child with him. She also has an older daughter named Hannah with her former husband, actor Griffin Dunne. Like Gere, Lowell is a dedicated supporter of conserving the culture of Tibet and practices Tibetan Buddhism.
Childhood and Family:
Carey Lowell was born on February 11, 1961, in Huntington, New York, to geologist James Lowell. Because of her father's job, she was raised in various places, including Libya, Holland, Texas, and Virginia. She attended Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colorado, and began a career in modeling right after graduation. She later made the switch to acting. Carey spent a year studying literature at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colorado, before transferring to New York University. She, however, did not complete her degree because of scheduling conflicts with acting jobs.
Carey has been married three times. She was married to fashion photographer John Stember from May 1, 1984, to September 27, 1988. Her second marriage was to actor and film director Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955), which lasted from December 9, 1989, to December 10, 1995. They had one daughter, Hannah Dunne (born in April 1990). Also in 1995, Carey began a long running on-again, off-again relationship with award winning actor Richard Gere (born August 31, 1949). They welcomed a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, on February 6, 2000, who was named after both of his grandfathers (Homer Gere and James Lowell). On November 9, 2002, the couple married in a private ceremony at their New York home. Their children were the only attendees.
Licence to Kill
Carey Lowell began her career as a model after being signed to Ford Modeling and posed in magazines for companies like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Johnny Walker Scotch. She then left modeling to become an actress.
In 1986, Lowell made her feature film acting debut in “Dangerously Close,” a thriller directed by Albert Pyun and co-written by Scott Fields, Marty Ross and John Stockwell. Later that same year, she was featured as a fashion model on “Club Paradise,” a comedy film helmed by Harold Ramis that starred Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, and Jimmy Cliff. The film earned generally negative reviews from critics and O'Toole received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance.
Lowell was reunited with director Albert Pyun when she starred in the thriller “Down Twisted,” opposite Charles Rocket and Trudy Dochterman. The film was given a limited theatrical release in March 1987. That same year, she also appeared in a television commercial for Carefree sugarless gum. She was then cast with Griffin Dunne, Ellen Greene and Kelly Bishop in the comedy “Me and Him” (1988), which was directed and co-scripted by Doris Dörrie and based on work by Italian novelist Alberto Moravia.
Lowell, however, did not come to international prominence until she landed the role of CIA agent Pam Bouvier in the James Bond film “Licence to Kill” (1989), starring Timothy Dalton as 007. Directed by John Glen, the film performed poorly at the U.S. box office but faired better overseas. After her performance in the film, Lowell was handed a ShoWest Award for Female Star of Tomorrow.
In 1990, Lowell starred as Kate in the horror film “The Guardian,” with Jenny Seagrove and Dwier Brown. Directed by William Friedkin and co-written by Friedkin and Stephen Volk, the film made $17,037,887 at the box office. She went on to star with Peter Weller in director Charlotte Brandstrom's romantic comedy “Road to Ruin” (1991). In 1993, Lowell portrayed Maggie Abbott Baldwin in the Nora Ephron popular movie “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), which starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The film debuted at No. 2 at the box office. “Sleepless in Seattle” was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Screenplay - Original and Best Original Song and Golden Globe Awards in the categories of Best Film - Musical or Comedy, Best Actor - Musical or Comedy, and Best Actress - Musical or Comedy. Also that year, the actress made her prime time series debut with the CBS short lived comedy show “A League of Their Own,” where she starred as Dottie Hinson. Although it was quickly canceled, the series did receive an Emmy nomination in 1994 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series (episode “Marathon”).
Lowell next received the supporting role of Martha in the dramatic film “Love Affair” (1994), which was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and co-scripted by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who also produced and starred in the film with Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn. In “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), a movie written and directed by Mike Figgis that starred Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, she had a featured role as a bank teller. She also appeared in the short film “Duke of Groove” (1996), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action.
Lowell's career enjoyed a boost when she joined the cast of the NBC hit series “Law & Order” where she portrayed attorney Jamie Ross from 1996 to 1998. She later returned to the show for an episode in 1999 called “Justice” and a 2001 episode called “School Daze.” Lowell collected four Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her work on the show, which she shared with Benjamin Bratt, Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson, among others. She also played Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross in a 1997 episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street” called “Baby, It's You: Part 2.” Also in 1997, she appeared in the comedy film “Fierce Creatures,” which starred John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline.
After leaving “Law & Order,” Lowell spent time outside the limelight for maternal reasons. She resurfaced in 2001 when she landed a recurring role as a U.S. attorney named Deirdre Stiles in the CBS drama “Big Apple.” She, however, left the screen again and reappeared in 2005 when she reprised her role of Jamie Ross for two episodes of the show “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” The same year, she also played Francine at 40 in the TV film “Empire Falls.”
From 2006 until 2007, Lowell portrayed Christine Caseman in the ABC dramatic series “Six Degrees” (2006-2007), which starred Jay Hernandez, Erika Christensen, Hope Davis, Dorian Missick, Bridget Moynahan and Campbell Scott. In 2009, she appeared in the documentary “My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story,” by director Mark St. Germain. She also appeared as a guest on the talk show “Martha,” hosted by Martha Stewart.
ShoWest: Female Star of Tomorrow, 1989