Madeleine Stowe (born Madeline M. Stowe; August 18, 1958) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Revenge, Stakeout, Unlawful Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink, China Moon, 12 Monkeys, General's Daughter, TheThe General's Daughter, and We Were Soldiers. She currently stars as Victoria Grayson in the ABC drama series Revenge, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress â Television Series Drama in 2011. Stowe, the first of three children, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los Angeles. Her mother, Mireya (nÃ©e Mora Steinvorth), had come from a prominent family in Costa Rica. Her father, Robert Stowe, was a civil engineer from a "poor Oregon family". One of Stowe's maternal great-great-grandfathers, politician JosÃ© JoaquÃn Mora Porras, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica between 1849-1859. Another one of Stowe's maternal great-great-grandfathers was Bruno Carranza, President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three months after taking power. His wife, Stowe's great-great-grandmother, GerÃ³nima Montealegre, was the sister of President JosÃ© MarÃa Montealegre FernÃ¡ndez, who governed Costa Rica from 1859-1863. One of Stowe's maternal great-grandfathers was a German immigrant to Costa Rica.