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Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a wide variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers film Fargo. With the Coen Brothers, she has made four other films; Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Burn After Reading for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

In addition to winning her Oscar as Best Leading Actress, she is the recipient of three additional Academy Award nominations: for Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous and North Country.

Other films include Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; Friends with Money (Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress); Laurel Canyon; Something's Gotta Give; Beyond Rangoon; Paradise Road; Madeline; Primal Fear; Lone Star; Palookaville; Wonder Boys opposite Michael Douglas; City by the Sea opposite Robert DeNiro; Chattahoochee opposite Gary Oldman; Darkman opposite Liam Neeson; Hidden Agenda, opposite Brian Cox; and Robert Altman's Short Cuts (Venice International Film Festival Award and special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast). Most recently, she was seen in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon; the animated Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted voicing the role of villainess Captain Chantel DuBois; and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Upcoming films include Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, opposite Matt Damon.

On Broadway, she received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People directed by Daniel Sullivan. Other stage appearances include The Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway opposite Morgan Freeman, Caryl Churchill's Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at NY Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as 'Stella' in A Streetcar Named Desire, Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosenzweig directed by Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theatre, The Swan at The Public Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as 'Blanche') at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup. With The Wooster Group, she has performed in To You, The Birdie! and North Atlantic.

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Frances McDormand Facts

BirthdayJune 23, 1957 (64)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Frances McDormand compared to you?
Awards1997 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Fargo)
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (for Fargo)

Selected Filmography

Primal Fear
The Good Dinosaur
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The Good Dinosaur DVD
Friends With Money
Something's Gotta Give
Almost Famous
Hail, Caesar!
Moonrise Kingdom
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