Actress Andie MacDowell was left unnerved after receiving a barrage of foul-mouthed abuse on Twitter.com.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star spotted vile messages aimed at her on the social networking website, including death threats and a sinister boast about a voodoo doll.

The hate-filled tweets were so vicious that MACDowell vowed to reduce her online presence and spend much less time on the microblogging site.

She tells Britain's Event magazine, "In the days when I used to tweet (regularly), I would encounter comments wishing death upon me. There were people who claimed they were sticking pins in my effigy because they couldn't stand me. There's some seriously disturbed people out there."