Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand


6/23/1957, Chicago,llinois, USA

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Frances Louise McDormand is not your typical Hollywood actress. The roles that she has chosen have been unusual and quirky. McDormand's most famous character portrayal to date is Marge, the small town of Fargo's pregnant police chief. In a word, brilliant.
McDormand was born on June 23,…more


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  • Trivia

    • Nominations: 4 Academy Award Nominations
      4 SAG Nominations
      2 Golden Globe Nominations
      1 Tony Award
      1 Emmy
      Breakdown: •2005 for North Country (Golden Globe,Academy, SAG)
      •2001 for Almost Famous (Golden Globe, Academy, 2 SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role & Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture)
      •1997 for Hidden in America (Emmy; Outstanding Supporting Actress)
      •1996 for Fargo (Academy and SAG)
      •1988 for Mississippi Burning (Academy )
      •1988 for A Streetcar Named Desire (Tony)

      Awards: •SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Fargo in 1996.
      • Academy Award for Best Actress for Fargo in 1996.

      *Note: McDormand lost the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in North Country to Rachel Weisz.

    • McDormand's height is 5' 6" (1.68 m.)

    • Unlike many actors, McDormand does not do a lot of research for her roles. She prefers to just jump into her character.

    • McDormand enjoys classic rock, hard rock, and heavy metal.

    • Frances appeared in the dark comedy Friends With Money with Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, and Joan Cusack. She earned a nomination for the Independant Spirit Award for her performance.

    • Frances' first professional acting job was in Trinidad & Tobago, in a play by poet Derek Walcott, and was funded by the MacArther Foundation.

    • Frances was once a college roomate of actress Holly Hunter.

    • Frances would like to try her hand at directing and producing, to enhance her relationship with the actors she works with.

    • Frances enjoys cooking, trying out new recipes for friends and family for dinner parties, or holiday celebrations.

    • Frances' Oscar-winning performance as Marge Gunderson from Fargo ranked #33 in the American Film Institute's Heroe's List in the 100 years of the 'Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians'.

    • Frances was appointed the jury president for the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

    • Frances took home the Oscar for her performance as the pregnant sherriff, Marge Gunderson, in Fargo in 1996 for 'Best Actress'. The film was directed by her husband, Joel Coen.

    • Frances knew she wanted to perform since she was in grade school, always wanting to be at the head of the class, making people laugh. She often staged plays for her family to watch.

    • Frances and filmmaker husband Joel Coen adopted their first son, Pedro in 1994 from Paraguay.

    • Frances made her film debut in Blood Simple in 1984, working with filmmaker Joel Coen, whom she went on to marry later that year. She frequently works with both Joel and his brother Ethan Coen in films.

  • Quotes

    • McDormand: I don't lend my voice to politics because the cult of celebrity in America is obscene. I disagree with actors getting involved in politics unless they're actually going to run for office.

    • Frances: It's much easier to play supporting roles because that's what I do in my life: I support my son.

    • McDormand: The only power you have is the word no.

    • McDormand: There's only two givens with choosing acting as a profession: one is you will always be unemployed, always, and it doesn't matter how much money you make, you're still always going to be unemployed.

    • McDormand: I don't think of myself as a movie star and I can pretty easily convince other people that I'm not a movie star.

    • McDormand:(On her role in Fargo) The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it.

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  • France McDormand has retained her association with the theater throughout her career.

    Frances McDormand's skilled and versatile acting has been recognized by both the critics and the Academy and, in addition to many critics' awards, she has been nominated for an Academy award four times - for Mississippi Burning (1988), Fargo (1996) (for which she won the Best Actress award), Almost Famous (2000) and North Country (2005). Keenly intelligent and possessed of a sharp wit, McDormand is the antithesis of the Hollywood starlet - rather than making every role about Frances McDormand, she dissolves into the characters she plays. Accordingly, she has expressed some reservations about the iconic recognition she has gained from her touching and amusing portrayal of Police Chief Marge Gunderson, the quintessential Minnesota Scandinavian, in Fargo (1996). francesmcdormand dot com.moreless
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    Not Good... Very Very Formaly Actor.