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Frances McDormand


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 ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Good Dinosaur (announced)
Momma (voice)
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Melanie Upfoot
- Girls Just Want to Have Sums (2006) ... Melanie Upfoot (voice)
 2005 Precinct Hollywood (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2004/III Last Night (Short)
Marit Such
 2001 State of Grace (TV Series)
Narrator / Adult Hannah (voice)
 2001 Upheaval (Short)
Anne
 2001 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Victoria Price
- Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2001) ... Victoria Price (voice)
 1998 Talk of Angels
Conlon
 1998 Big Bird Gets Lost (Video short)
Frances / Herself
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
Alice
 1997 Paradise Road
Dr. Verstak
 1996 Plain Pleasures (Short)
 1996 Hidden in America (TV Movie)
Gus
 1996 Lone Star
Bunny
 1996 Primal Fear
Molly
 1995 Palookaville
June
 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)
Clare
 1992 Passed Away
Nora Scanlan
 1991 The Butcher's Wife
Grace
 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)
Brigette
 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)
Mary
- A Day's Wages (1986) ... Mary
 1985 Crimewave
Nun
 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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Other Works:

Played Pfeni in "The Sisters Rosensweig", a new play by Wendy Wasserstein - Lincoln Center, NYC (1992). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Fran McDormand

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Æon Flux (2005). However, she failed to receive a nomination. (Had she gotten the nomination, she would have been one of the few to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, for North Country ... See more »

Nickname:

Fran

Star Sign:

Cancer

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