Biography

Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith; June 23, 1957) is an American film, stage and television actress. McDormand began her career on stage and made her screen debut in the 1984 film Blood Simple, having since appeared in several theatrical and television roles. McDormand has been recognized for her performances in 'Mississippi Burning' (1988), 'Short Cuts' (1993), 'Fargo' (1996), 'Wonder Boys' (2000), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'North Country' (2005), 'Moonrise Kingdom' (2012), 'Hail, Caesar!' (2016) and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017).

Throughout her career, she has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, five Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and three Emmy Awards. She is one of the few performers to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting", winning an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her role as Marge Gunderson in 'Fargo'.  She also won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her performance in 'Wonder Boys' (2000). McDormand returned to the stage in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People on Broadway from February 8, 2011 to April 24, 2011. In 2017, McDormand starred in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' which earned her a second Academy Award for Best Actress.

McDormand has been married to filmmaker Joel Coen since 1984, they reside in New York City along with their adopted son Pedro.

Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith; June 23, 1957) is an American film, stage and television actress. McDormand began her career on stage and made her screen debut in the 1984 film Blood Simple, having since appeared in several theatrical and television roles. McDormand has been recognized for her performances in 'Mississippi Burning' (1988), 'Short Cuts' (1993), 'Fargo' (1996), 'Wonder Boys' (2000), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'North Country' (2005), 'Moonrise Kingdom' (2012), 'Hail, Caesar!' (2016) and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017).

Throughout her career, she has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, five Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and three Emmy Awards. She is one of the few performers to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting", winning an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her role as Marge Gunderson in 'Fargo'.  She also won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her performance in 'Wonder Boys' (2000). McDormand returned to the stage in the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good People on Broadway from February 8, 2011 to April 24, 2011. In 2017, McDormand starred in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' which earned her a second Academy Award for Best Actress.

McDormand has been married to filmmaker Joel Coen since 1984, they reside in New York City along with their adopted son Pedro.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1957-06-23

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Frances Louise McDormand

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Isle of Dogs as Interpreter Nelson (voice)
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
2016 Hail, Caesar! as C. C. Calhoun
2015 The Good Dinosaur as Momma (voice)
2015 She's The Best Thing in It as Herself
2014 Olive Kitteridge(4 episodes) as Olive Kitteridge
2012 Promised Land as Sue Thomason
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)
2012 Moonrise Kingdom as Mrs. Bishop
2011 This Must Be the Place as Jane
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon as National Intelligence Director
2009 The Botany of Desire as Narrator
2008 Burn After Reading as Linda Litzke
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as Guinevere Pettigrew
2006 Friends with Money as Jane
2005 Æon Flux as Handler
2005 North Country as Glory
2003 Something's Gotta Give as Zoe
2003 Sesame Street: Big Bird Gets Lost as Herself
2003 Minnesota Nice as Herself
2002 City By The Sea as Michelle
2002 Laurel Canyon as Jane
2002 Upheaval as Anne
2002 Short Fuse as Anne
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There as Doris Crane
2000 Almost Famous as Elaine Miller
2000 Wonder Boys as Dean Sara Gaskell
1998 Talk of Angels as Conlon
1998 Madeline as Miss Clavel
1998 Johnny Skidmarks as Alice
1997 Paradise Road as Dr. Verstak
1996 Hidden in America as Gus
1996 Lone Star as Bunny
1996 Primal Fear as Dr. Molly Arrington
1996 Fargo as Marge Gunderson
1995 Palookaville as June
1995 Beyond Rangoon as Andy Bowman
1995 The Good Old Boys as Eve Calloway
1993 Short Cuts as Betty Weathers
1992 Crazy in Love as Clare
1992 Passed Away as Nora Scanlan
1991 The Butcher's Wife as Grace
1990 Hidden Agenda as Ingrid Jessner
1990 Miller's Crossing as Mayor's secretary (uncredited)
1990 Darkman as Julie Hastings
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Chattahoochee as Mae Foley
1988 Mississippi Burning as Mrs. Pell
1987 Leg Work(10 episodes)
1987 Raising Arizona as Dot
1986 Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo as Brigette
1985 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1985 Crimewave as Nun
1985 Scandal Sheet
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1984 Blood Simple as Abby
1981 Hill Street Blues(6 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)

Production

2014 Every Secret ThingProducer

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.