37 Facts About Frances McDormand


Frances Louise McDormand was born on Cynthia Ann Smith; June 23,1957 and is an American actress and producer.


Frances McDormand has been married to Joel Coen of the Coen brothers since 1984.


Frances McDormand has received three Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Nomadland.


Frances McDormand is the second woman in history to win Best Actress three times, and the seventh performer overall to win three competitive Academy Awards in acting categories.


On television, Frances McDormand produced and starred as the titular protagonist in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, which won her the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.


Frances McDormand went on to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as a troubled single mother in Good People.


Frances McDormand was previously nominated for the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.


Frances McDormand was born Cynthia Ann Smith on June 23,1957, in Gibson City, Illinois.


Frances McDormand was adopted at one and a half years of age by Noreen and Vernon McDormand and renamed Frances Louise McDormand.


Frances McDormand's adoptive mother was a nurse and receptionist while her adoptive father was a Disciples of Christ pastor; both were originally from Canada.


Frances McDormand has a sister, Dorothy A "Dot" McDormand, who is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and chaplain, as well as a brother, Kenneth, both of whom were adopted by the McDormands, who had no biological children.


Frances McDormand attended Bethany College in West Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater in 1979.


Frances McDormand was a roommate of actress Holly Hunter while living in New York City.


In 1985, Frances McDormand appeared in Sam Raimi's Crimewave, as well as an episode of Hunter.


Frances McDormand is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group.


In 1990, Frances McDormand teamed again with director Sam Raimi for Darkman, in which she co-starred alongside Liam Neeson.


In 1993, Frances McDormand co-starred in Robert Altman's ensemble film Short Cuts, based on stories by Raymond Carver.


In 1996, Frances McDormand starred as pregnant police Chief Marge Gunderson in Fargo, written and directed by the Coen brothers.


Frances McDormand garnered widespread critical acclaim for her performance, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.


Also in 1996, Frances McDormand played Edward Norton's psychiatrist Dr Molly Arrington in the legal thriller Primal Fear, and appeared alongside Chris Cooper in the neo-Western mystery film Lone Star.


In 1997, Frances McDormand received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie for her role as Gus in the television film Hidden in America.


In 1998, Frances McDormand played the strict but loving nun Miss Clara Clavel in the family film Madeline.


In 2001, Frances McDormand was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of an overbearing mother in Almost Famous.


Frances McDormand starred as Billy Bob Thornton's wife Doris Crane in the Coen Brothers' film noir The Man Who Wasn't There.


In 2005, Frances McDormand co-starred alongside Charlize Theron in the true life drama North Country, which earned her Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.


In 2007, Frances McDormand won an Independent Spirit Award for her supporting role in Nicole Holofcener's dark comedy Friends with Money.


Frances McDormand voiced the role of the principal Melanie Upfoot in The Simpsons episode "Girls Just Want to Have Sums", which aired on April 30,2006.


Frances McDormand returned to the stage in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People, in a limited engagement on Broadway from February 8,2011, to May 29,2011.


Frances McDormand's performance won her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.


In 2015, Frances McDormand voiced Momma Ida in the Pixar animated film The Good Dinosaur.


In 2018, Frances McDormand voiced Interpreter Nelson in Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs.


In 2020, Frances McDormand produced and starred in Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, playing Fern, a nomad in the American West.


Frances McDormand received universal acclaim for her performance, winning her third Academy Award for Best Actress and her second BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and earning nominations for the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.


In 2021, Frances McDormand received further critical acclaim for her performances as Lady Macbeth in Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth and Lucinda Krementz in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch.


Frances McDormand makes you believe every person she plays is a flesh-and-blood human who continues living out their life once the cameras stop rolling.


Frances McDormand has been married to director Joel Coen since 1984.


Frances McDormand has received three Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Nomadland.