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Frances McDormand

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, 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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 60 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Good Dinosaur (filming)
Momma (voice)
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Melanie Upfoot
- Girls Just Want to Have Sums (2006) ... Melanie Upfoot (voice)
 2005 Precinct Hollywood (TV Movie)
 2004/III Last Night (Short)
Marit Such
 2001 State of Grace (TV Series)
Narrator / Adult Hannah (voice)
 2001 Upheaval (Short)
 2001 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Victoria Price
- Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2001) ... Victoria Price (voice)
 1998 Talk of Angels
 1998 Big Bird Gets Lost (Video short)
Frances / Herself
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
 1996 Plain Pleasures (Short)
 1996 Hidden in America (TV Movie)
 1996 Lone Star
 1996 Primal Fear
 1995 Palookaville
 1995 Beyond Rangoon
Andy Bowman
 1995 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Talking With (1995)
 1995 The Good Old Boys (TV Movie)
Eve Calloway
 1994 Bleeding Hearts
Woman on TV
 1993 Short Cuts
Betty Weathers
 1992 Sôsei kishi Gaiâsu (Video)
Pool Girl (English version, voice)
 1992 Crazy in Love (TV Movie)
 1991 The Butcher's Wife
 1991 Barton Fink
Stage Actress (voice, uncredited)
 1990 Miller's Crossing
Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
 1990 Hidden Agenda
Ingrid Jessner
 1989 Chattahoochee
Mae Foley
 1988 Mississippi Burning
Mrs. Pell
 1987 Leg Work (TV Series)
Willie Pipal
- Blind Trust (1987) ... Willie Pipal
- All This and a Gold Card Too (1987) ... Willie Pipal
- The Art of Murder (1987) ... Willie Pipal
- The Best Couple I Know (1987) ... Willie Pipal
- Things That Go Bump in the Night (1987) ... Willie Pipal
 1986 Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (TV Movie)
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Amanda Strickland (segment "Need to Know")
- Need to Know/Red Snow (1986) ... Amanda Strickland (segment "Need to Know")
 1986 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
- A Day's Wages (1986) ... Mary
 1985 Crimewave
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Connie Chapman
- Queen for a Day (1985) ... Connie Chapman
- G.Q. (1985) ... Connie Chapman
- The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr. (1985) ... Connie Chapman
- Passage to Libya (1985) ... Connie Chapman
- Washington Deceased (1985) ... Connie Chapman
 1985 Scandal Sheet (TV Movie)
 1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Nina Sloan
- The Garbage Man (1985) ... Nina Sloan (as Fran McDormand)
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Appeared in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - Alliance Theatre, Atlanta (1982). See more »

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10 Interviews | 4 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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On "women's pictures": "Most women's pictures are as boring and as formulaic as men's pictures. In place of a car chase or a battle scene, what you get is an extreme closeup of a woman breaking down. I cry too, maybe three times a week, but it's not in closeup. It's a wide shot. It's in the context of a very large and very mean world." See more »


Is one of 26 actresses who have received an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Fargo (1996). The others in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (... See more »



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