Frances McDormand Biography

Birthday: 1957-06-23
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian minister Vernan McDormand and his wife Noreen, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982. Her career after graduation began onstage, and she has retained her association with the theater throughout her career. She soon obtained prominent roles in movies as well, first starring in Blood Simple. (1984), in which she worked with filmmaker Joel Coen, whom she married that year. She frequently collaborated with Coen and his brother Ethan Coen in their films. McDormand's skilled and versatile acting has been recognized by both the critics and the Academy and, in addition to many critics' awards, she has been nominated for an Academy Award four times - for Mississippi Burning (1988), Fargo (1996) (for which she won the Best Actress Award), Almost Famous (2000) and North Country (2005). Keenly intelligent and possessed of a sharp wit, McDormand is the antithesis of the Hollywood starlet - rather than making every role about Frances McDormand, Frances McDormand dissolves into the characters she plays. Accordingly, she has expressed some reservations about the iconic recognition she has gained from her touching and amusing portrayal of Police Chief Marge Gunderson, the quintessential Minnesota Scandinavian, in Fargo (1996). McDormand and Coen adopted a son, Pedro, who was born in Paraguay, in 1994. They live in Manhattan, New York.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Leg Work 1987 Drama
Hidden in America Gus 2013
Sea City Michelle 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Man Who Wasn't There Doris Crane 1983
Blood Simple Abby 1985 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Raising Arizona Dot 1987 Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Mississippi Burning 1988 Game Show, Comedy
Darkman Julie Hastings 1990 Sport, Comedy, 0
Chattahoochee 1990 Drama
The Butcher's Wife Grace 1991
Beyond Rangoon 1995 Action, Drama
Primal Fear 1996
Palookaville 1996 Comedy, Crime
Hidden in America 1996 Drama
Paradise Road 1997 Romance, 0
Johnny Skidmarks Alice 1998 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Madeline Miss Clavel 1998 Comedy
Talk of Angels Conlon 1998 Drama, Romance
Wonder Boys Dean Sara Gaskell 2000 0
Almost Famous Elaine Miller 2000 Drama, Music
Hidden Agenda 2001 0
City By The Sea Michelle 2002 0, Game Show
Something's Gotta Give Zoe Barry 2003 Biography, 0
Laurel Canyon Jane 2003 Drama, Music
Aeon Flux The Handler 2005
North Country Glory 2005
Friends with Money Jane 2006 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Burn After Reading Linda Litzke 2008 0, 0
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Miss Pettigrew 2008 Comedy, Romance
This Must Be the Place Jane 2011 Comedy, Drama
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Captain Chantel DuBois 2012 Drama, 0, 0
Moonrise Kingdom Mrs. Bishop 2012 0, 0, Biography
Promised Land Sue Thomason 2013 Drama