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Actress Andie MacDowell took classes to alter her strong Southern accent when she began her acting career. In her first film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, her voice was dubbed by actress Glenn Close. This 1996 quote describes her reaction:

When I heard the news, I was in my hotel room, alone. At the time of “Greystoke”, I was not even in a good relationship, so I had no one to share it with. I didn’t deceive myself for one minute about what the media was going to do with it or what people in the business were going to think. I said to myself, “Either I jump out that window out of humiliation and embarrassment or I fight”. The choice was there: die or fight. It was set up so perfectly for people to think that I had no capabilities, whatsoever. So, I decided to go to class, to evolve. Until Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), I was untouchable. My manager was fighting for me with people who would not even see me. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of my achievements.

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