Frances McDormand

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  • Birth Name: Frances Louise McDormand
  • Birth Place: Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • First professional acting job was with a theatrical troupe in Trinidad in 1982.
  • New York City roommate was friend and fellow Yale grad Holly Hunter.
  • Met husband Joel Coen while working on her first film, Blood Simple (1984), which was also filmmaking team Joel and Ethan Coen's debut picture.
  • Had a recurring role on Hill Street Blues in 1985.
  • Won her first Oscar for her turn as Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996), a film that also earned her husband Joel Coen an Oscar for directing.
  • Showed her domestic side in two very different mom roles, first as an over-protective mom of a budding rock journalist in Almost Famous (2000), and next as a free-spirited rock enthusiast mom in Laurel Canyon (2002).
  • In 2005, she co-starred with Charlize Theron in two films: North Country and Aeon Flux.
  • Turned in a more lighthearted performance as a nanny in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008).
  • Appeared on the premiere of the PBS series Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth, where she traveled to the culinary resort Blackberry Farm.
  • In 2010, signed on to return to Broadway to headline the world premiere production of the stage play Good People.

Awards

  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1988, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2001, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
  • 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2018, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2011, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Winner
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  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Limited Series: Winner
  • 2007, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Winner
  • 2017, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1997, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2018, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner

Relationships

  • Vernon McDormand — Father
  • Joel Coen — Husband
  • Pedro McDormand Coen — Son
  • Noreen McDormand — Mother

College

  • Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, United States (BA in Theater, 1979); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MFA in Drama, 1982)

Details

  • Birth Name: Frances Louise McDormand
  • Birth Place: Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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