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Frances McDormand

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Frances McDormand Biography

Born the daughter of an Illinois minister on June 23, 1957, Frances McDormand attended West Virginia's Bethany College and later studied acting at the prestigious Yale Drama School. After her graduation, Frances McDormand could be seen gaining professional experience in numerous stage productions across the country. In 1984, Frances McDormand made her film debut playing a somewhat dim-witted adulterous wife in the Coen brothers' Blood Simple, thus beginning an association that would culminate in her marriage to director Joel Coen during the same year. Despite winning critical acclaim for her performance, it would be four years, save for a cameo in the Coens' Raising Arizona (1987) and various small roles, before she would be featured in another major film production. In the meantime, Frances McDormand's stage career flourished, and she received a Tony nomination for the 1987 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She also did periodic television work, co-starring on the short-lived detective drama Legwork (1987) and appearing in a recurring role on Hill Street Blues. Read Full Bio >>

Frances McDormand Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Won
2012 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Moonrise Kingdom (2012). 2nd place
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Moonrise Kingdom (2012). 2nd place
2012 Gotham Awards Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Nominated
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Won

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Frances McDormand Trivia

  • Has one adopted son, Pedro McDormand Coen [1999].
  • Once lived in an apartment with Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel and Holly Hunter.
  • Was the third and youngest child adopted by her minister father Vernon and his wife, Noreen.
  • Raised in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
  • Sister-in-law of Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke.
  • Both of her parents were born in Canada. Her father, Vernon McDormand, was a Disciples of Christ minister and her mother, Noreen McDormand, a housewife.
  • She attended Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Theater, 1979. Then she attended Yale University School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut and received her M.F.A., 1982.
  • Was jury president of Berlin film festival 2004.
  • Her Oscar-winning role, as Marge Gunderson from her 1996 film Fargo (1996), was ranked #33 in the American Film Institute's Heroes list in their 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."


Frances McDormand Photos

  • Ethan Coen, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen, Tilda Swinton and George Clooney

    65th Annual Venice Film Festival - "Burn After Reading" - Premiere

  • Ethan Coen, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen, Tilda Swinton and George Clooney

    65th Annual Venice Film Festival - "Burn After Reading" - Premiere

  • Frances Mcdormand

    MUSE Awards

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