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Frances McDormand


Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 86 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Fargo
Fargo Marge Gunderson
(1996)
Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom Mrs. Bishop
(2012)
Almost Famous
Almost Famous Elaine Miller
(2000)

Filmography

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 2018 Isle of Dogs
Interpreter Nelson (voice)
 2016 Hail, Caesar!
C.C. Calhoun
 2015 The Good Dinosaur
Momma (voice)
 2014 Olive Kitteridge (TV Mini-Series)
Olive Kitteridge
- Security (2014) ... Olive Kitteridge
- A Different Road (2014) ... Olive Kitteridge
- Incoming Tide (2014) ... Olive Kitteridge
- Pharmacy (2014) ... Olive Kitteridge
 2012 Promised Land
Sue Thomason
 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Captain Chantal Dubois (voice)
 2012 Moonrise Kingdom
Mrs. Bishop
 2008 Burn After Reading
Linda Litzke
 2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Miss Pettigrew
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Melanie Upfoot
- Girls Just Want to Have Sums (2006) ... Melanie Upfoot (voice)
 2006 Friends with Money
Jane
 2005 Æon Flux
Handler
 2005 North Country
Glory
 2004/III Last Night (Short)
Marit Such
 2001-2002 State of Grace (TV Series)
Adult Hannah Rayburn
- Holiday on Ice (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Someone to Watch Over You (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Legacy (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Great Wall of Rayburn (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- A Taste of Money (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
 2002 City by the Sea
Michelle
 2002 Laurel Canyon
Jane
 2001 Upheaval (Short)
Anne
 2001 The Man Who Wasn't There
Doris Crane
 2001 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Victoria Price
- Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2001) ... Victoria Price (voice)
 2000 Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (Short)
The Adult Fannie (voice)
 2000 Almost Famous
Elaine Miller
 2000 Wonder Boys
Dean Sara Gaskell
 1998 Talk of Angels
Conlon
 1998 Madeline
Miss Clavel
 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
 1996 Fargo
Marge Gunderson
 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 Sosei kishi Gaiasu (TV Mini-Series)
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 Darkman
Julie Hastings
 1990 Hidden Agenda
Ingrid Jessner
 1989 Chattahoochee
Mae Foley
 1988 Mississippi Burning
Mrs. Pell
 1987 Leg Work (TV Series)
Willie Pipal
- Life Itself (1987) ... 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
 1987 Raising Arizona
Dot
 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)
 1984 Blood Simple.
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played Dora in "The Swan" by Elizabeth Egloff - Public Theater, NYC (1993). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Fran McDormand

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

On playing 'mothers': "Those roles weren't just mothers in a story about a male protagonist. First they were specific, three-dimensional people." See more »

Trivia:

Is one of 25 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 »

Nickname:

Fran

Star Sign:

Cancer

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