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Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birthday 1957-06-23
Also Known As Frances Louise McDormand


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Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith; June 23, 1957) is an American film, stage and television actress. McDormand began her career on stage and made her screen debut in the 1984 film Blood Simple, having since appeared in several theatrical and television roles. McDormand has been recognized for her performances in 'Mississippi Burning' (1988), 'Short Cuts' (1993), 'Fargo' (1996), 'Wonder Boys' (2000), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'North Country' (2005), 'Moonrise Kingdom' (2012), 'Hail, Caesar!' (2016) and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017). Throughout her career, she has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, five Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and three Emmy Awards. She is one of the few performers to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting", winning an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her role as Marge Gunderson in 'Fargo'.  She also won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her performance in 'Wonder Boys' (2000). McDormand returned to the stage in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People on Broadway from February 8, 2011 to April 24, 2011. In 2017, McDormand starred in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' which earned her a second Academy Award for Best Actress. McDormand has been married to director Joel Coen since 1984, they reside in New York City along with their adopted son Pedro. 


2018Isle of Dogs as Interpreter Nelson (voice)
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
2016Hail, Caesar! as C. C. Calhoun
2015The Good Dinosaur as Momma (voice)
2015She's The Best Thing in It as Herself
2012Promised Land as Sue Thomason
2012Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)
2012Moonrise Kingdom as Mrs. Bishop
2011This Must Be the Place as Jane
2011Transformers: Dark of the Moon as National Intelligence Director
2009The Botany of Desire as Narrator
2008Burn After Reading as Linda Litzke
2008Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as Guinevere Pettigrew
2006Friends with Money as Jane
2005Æon Flux as Handler
2005North Country as Glory
2003Something's Gotta Give as Zoe
2003Sesame Street: Big Bird Gets Lost as Herself
2003Minnesota Nice as Herself
2002City By The Sea as Michelle
2002Laurel Canyon as Jane
2002Upheaval as Anne
2002Short Fuse as Anne
2001The Man Who Wasn't There as Doris Crane
2000Almost Famous as Elaine Miller
2000Wonder Boys as Dean Sara Gaskell
1998Talk of Angels as Conlon
1998Madeline as Miss Clavel
1998Johnny Skidmarks as Alice
1997Paradise Road as Dr. Verstak
1996Hidden in America as Gus
1996Lone Star as Bunny
1996Primal Fear as Dr. Molly Arrington
1996Fargo as Marge Gunderson
1995Palookaville as June
1995Beyond Rangoon as Andy Bowman
1995The Good Old Boys as Eve Calloway
1993Short Cuts as Betty Weathers
1992Crazy in Love as Clare
1992Passed Away as Nora Scanlan
1991The Butcher's Wife as Grace
1990Hidden Agenda as Ingrid Jessner
1990Miller's Crossing as Mayor's secretary (uncredited)
1990Darkman as Julie Hastings
1989Chattahoochee as Mae Foley
1988Mississippi Burning as Mrs. Pell
1987Raising Arizona as Dot
1986Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo as Brigette
1985Crimewave as Nun
1985Scandal Sheet
1984Blood Simple as Abby

Other Roles

2014Every Secret Thing - Producer

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