Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand (née Cynthia Ann Smith) is an American actress. She first gained recognition in films like 1984's Blood Simple and 1987's Raising Arizona and on television in Hill Street Blues (1985). McDormand achieved critical acclaim starring in the 1988 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, and for starring in the 1988 film Mississippi Burning, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She later won the first of three Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performance in the 1996w film Fargo. She also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for 2017's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and 2020's Nomandland while also winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the latter. McDormand has also won a Tony Award for 2011's 'Good People,' two Emmy Awards for 2014's Olive Kitteridge, and three Golden Globe awards. Her other most famous films include 1996's Primal Fear, 2000's Almost Famous, 2005's North Country 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon and 2021's The Tragedy of Macbeth. She is the only person to win Oscars for both starring in and producing the same film. McDormand is also known for being married to filmmaker Joel Coen, who has directed her in several films, since 1984.
Frances McDormand
Full Name
Frances Louise McDormand
Gibson City, Illinois


Who is Frances McDormand married to?

Frances McDormand has been married to filmmaker Joel Coen since 1984. McDormand has starred in several films directed or co-directed by Coen, including 'Blood Simple' (1984), 'Raising Arizona' (1987), 'Miller's Crossing' (1990), 'Barton Fink' (1991), 'Fargo' (1996), 'The Man Who Wasn't There' (2001), 'Burn After Reading' (2008), 'Hail, Caesar!' (2016) and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' (2021).

Where does Frances McDormand live?

Frances McDormand and her family live in Bolinas, California.

Why did Frances McDormand howl at the 2021 Oscars?

When accepting the Academy Award for Best Picture for 'Nomadland' at the 2021 Oscars, actress-producer Frances McDormand shouted a wolf howl onstage. The gesture was a tribute to the film's production sound recordist, Michael Wolf Snyder, who died shortly before the Oscars ceremony.

What did Frances McDormand wear to the Oscars?

At the 2019 Oscars, Frances McDormand famously wore custom yellow Valentino Birkenstocks.

What did Frances McDormand call for at the end of her Oscar acceptance speech?

At the end of her acceptance speech for the Academy Award for Best Actress as the 2018 Oscars, Frances McDormand said "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider." An inclusion rider is a clause in contracts that requires race and gender diversity in entertainment productions.

How old was Frances McDormand in 'Blood Simple'?

The movie 'Blood Simple' premiered on Oct. 12, 1984 when star Frances McDormand was 27 years old.

Why did Frances McDormand change her name?

Frances McDormand was born Cynthia Ann Smith. Before she was two years old she was adopted by Vernon and Noreen McDormand, who legally changed her name.

Who stole Frances McDormand's Oscar?

At the Governor's Ball afterparty following the 2018 Oscars, Frances McDormand's Academy Award for Best Actress was briefly stolen by a man named Terry Bryant who bragged about "winning" the award in a video posted on social media. McDormand's Oscar was quickly recovered shortly afterward. Bryant was arrested for felony grand theft, but the charges were later dropped.

How old was Frances McDormand in 'Fargo'?

The movie 'Fargo' was released on March 8, 1996 when star Frances McDormand was 38 years old.

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