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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 54 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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

Filmography

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 2018 Isle of Dogs (post-production) (voice)
 2015 The Good Dinosaur
Momma (voice)
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Melanie Upfoot
- Girls Just Want to Have Sums (2006) ... Melanie Upfoot (voice)
 2004/III Last Night (Short)
Marit Such
 2001-2002 State of Grace (TV Series)
Adult Hannah Rayburn
- Dating Games (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Smoke, Mirrors and Chicken Fat (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Scandalous Behaviour (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Where the Boys Are (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
- Take Good Care of My Baby (2002) ... Adult Hannah Rayburn (voice)
 2001 Upheaval (Short)
Anne
 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)
 1998 Talk of Angels
Conlon
 1998 Big Bird Gets Lost (Video short)
Frances / Herself
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks
Alice
 1996 Plain Pleasures (Short)
 1996 Hidden in America (TV Movie)
Gus
 1996 Lone Star
Bunny
 1996 Primal Fear
Dr. Molly Arrington
 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
 1992 Sosei kishi Gaiasu (TV Mini-Series)
Pool Girl (English version, voice)
 1992 Crazy in Love (TV Movie)
Clare
 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
 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 Blanche in "A Streetcar Names Desire" by Tennessee Williams - Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland 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:

I don't like award shows. At our house we call this time of year 'the convention'. It's too bad we haven't figured out how to stop it. But I think it will come around because of the Internet - I think it will naturally go away. We'll have other ways to gather; it's not going to be this stuff. The shoes hurt too much. See more »

Trivia:

Shared an apartment in the Bronx with Holly Hunter in the early 1980s until they moved in with Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Sam Raimi into a house in Los Angeles. See more »

Nickname:

Fran

Star Sign:

Cancer

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