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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 53 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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Fargo
Fargo Marge Gunderson
(1996)
Mississippi Burning
(1988)
Almost Famous
Almost Famous Elaine Miller
(2000)
Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading Linda Litzke
(2008)

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Played Stella Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams (directed by Nikos Psacharopoulos) - Circle in the Square Theatre, NYC(10 March 1988 - 22 May 1988). She was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her performance. See more »

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Fran McDormand

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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 »

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Once lived in an apartment with Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel and Holly Hunter See more »

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Fran

Star Sign:

Cancer

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