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Biography #2 (for Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day)

Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers film Fargo. Other films include Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money (Spirit Award nomination); Niki Caro's North Country (Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations); Lisa Cholodenko's critically acclaimed Laurel Canyon; Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give; Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Academy Award nominations, and several critics' awards); Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys; Michael Caton-Jones' City by the Sea, opposite Robert De Niro; Daisy Von Scherler Mayer's Madeline; Gregory Hoblit's Primal Fear; John Sayles' Lone Star; Alan Taylor's Palookaville; Mick Jackson's Chattahoochee, with Gary Oldman; Sam Raimi's Darkman, opposite Liam Neeson; Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda; Robert Altman's Short Cuts (Venice International Film Festival award for Best Ensemble and a Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast); John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon; Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; and Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning (Academy Award nomination).

With the Coen Brothers, she has made four other films; Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, and the upcoming Focus Features release Burn After Reading, with George Clooney, Richard Jenkins, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, and Tilda Swinton.

Ms. McDormand has starred in the television films The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones; Talking With…, directed by Kathy Bates; Crazy in Love, directed by Martha Coolidge; and Hidden in America (Emmy Award nomination), opposite Jeff Bridges and directed by Martin Bell.

She studied at the Yale School of Drama. Her stage successes include Caryl Churchill's Far Away, directed by Stephen Daldry, at the New York Theatre Workshop; her Tony Award-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; The Sisters Rosenzweig, at Lincoln Center; The Swan, at the Public Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as Blanche), at the Gate Theater in Dublin; and Dare Clubb's Oedipus, at the Blue Light Theater Company, opposite Billy Crudup. Recently, she spent two years with The Wooster Group workshopping and then performing To You, The Birdie!

She will return to the Broadway stage this spring in Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols and starring opposite Morgan Freeman.

for "Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day" updated 20-Aug-2008


Biography #3 (for Aeon Flux)

Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers' film, Fargo. Other films include Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Academy Award, and for which she won several Critics Awards), Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys, Michael Caton-Jones' City By the Sea, opposite Robert De Niro, Madeline, Primal Fear, John Sayles' Lone Star, Sam Raimi's Darkman, Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda, Robert Altman's Short Cuts, John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon, Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road, and Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning (Oscar nomination).

With the Coen Brothers, McDormand has made three additional films: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and The Man Who Wasn't There. In 2002, she starred in the critically acclaimed Laurel Canyon and the holiday blockbuster Something's Gotta Give, opposite Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves.

She has also starred in the television movies Crazy in Love, directed by Martha Coolidge, The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, Talking With..., directed by Kathy Bates, and Hidden in America, opposite Jeff Bridges (for which she received an Emmy nomination).

McDormand studied at the Yale School of Drama. Stage successes include her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sisters Rosenzweig at Lincoln Center, The Swan at The Public Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as Blanche) at the Gate Theater in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup. She spent two years with The Wooster Group workshopping and then performing To You, The Birdy! In 2004, she starred in Caryl Churchill's Far Away, directed by Stephen Daldry at the New York Theatre Workshop. McDormand currently co-stars in North Country, again opposite Charlize Theron. Other upcoming films include Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money with Jennifer Aniston.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Aeon Flux" (14-Dec-2005)


Biography #4 (for Laurel Canyon)

A Best Actress Academy Award winner for her performance as Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Bros. film Fargo, McDormand also has been nominated in the supporting actress category for her roles in Mississippi Burning and Almost Famous.

She recently starred in the Coen Bros. release The Man Who Wasn't There and City by the Sea with Robert DeNiro for director Michael Caton-Jones. Her duo work in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous and Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys earned her several award citations including the LA Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (cited for both films), as well as Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Almost Famous.

To date she has starred in four films for the Coen Bros: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, and The Man Who Wasn't There. Others screen credits include John Sayles' Lone Star, Robert Altman's Short Cuts, John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon, Sam Raimi's Darkman, Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road,' Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda, Daisy V.S. Mayer's Madeline, Gregory Hoblit's Primal Fear, Alan Taylor's Palookaville, Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning, and Mick Jackson's Chattahoochee."

McDormand's telefilm credits include Martha Coolidge's Crazy in Love, Tommy Lee Jones' The Good Old Boys, Kathy Bates' Talking With..., and Martin Bell's Hidden in America. She also provides narration for the Fox Family Channel series State of Grace.

McDormand studied acting at the Yale School of Drama. Her stage successes include a Tony-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, the original Lincoln Theater Center production of The Sisters Rosenzweig, and The Public Theatre production of The Swan. More recent stage credits include a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, this time as Blanche DuBois, the Obie Award-winning new play Oedipus with Billy Crudup and the Wooster Group production of Phaedre with Kate Valk and Willem Dafoe.

Currently, McDormand resides in New York with her husband Joel Coen and son Pedro.

Bio courtesy Magic Lantern for "Laurel Canyon" (14-Dec-2002)


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