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Birth Date

June 23, 1957


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color


Eye color

Light Blue


5 ft 5 in | 165 cm

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Body Measurements

34-27-32 in | 86-69-82 cm


55 kg | 121 lbs

Bra Size


Shoe size

8 US | 38.5 EU

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Frances Louise McDormand was born in Gibson City, Illinois, United States, on June 23, 1957, is an American actress.

Young Frances McDormand began her professional acting career in a play "In a Fine Castle".

She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Awake and Sing!" (1984).

She was nominated for the Tony Award for her role as Stella Kowalski in a play "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1988).

She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Margie in a play "Good People" (2011).

She made her big screen debut in neo-noir crime movie Blood Simple (1984) in role as Abby, in first film by the Coen brothers.

She got her television debut in NBC crime drama series Hunter (1985) in episode "The Garbage Man", in role as Nina Sloan.

Her breakthrough performance came as Mrs. Pell in drama thriller film Mississippi Burning (1988), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

New Movies

The French Dispatch (2020) comedy drama in role as Fabian Nürnberger

She voiced Interpreter Nelson in stop-motion-animated science-fiction adventure film Isle of Dogs (2018).

Best Movies

She won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in movies:

Fargo (1996) black comedy thriller in role as Marge Gunderson

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) dark comedy crime drama in role as Mildred Hayes

She was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in films:

Almost Famous (2000) comedy drama in role as Elaine Miller

North Country (2005) drama in role as Glory Dodge

She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Linda Litzke in black comedy crime movie Burn After Reading (2008).

Wonder Boys (2000) comedy drama opposite Michael Douglas, Robert Downey, Jr. and Katie Holmes

Primal Fear (1996) neo-noir crime thriller with Edward Norton, Richard Gere and Alfre Woodard

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) neo-noir crime opposite Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton and James Gandolfini

Darkman (1990) superhero opposite Liam Neeson

Something's Gotta Give (2003) romantic comedy with Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) romantic comedy opposite Amy Adams and Ciarán Hinds

Laurel Canyon (2002) drama with Kate Beckinsale and Christian Bale

Æon Flux (2005) science fiction opposite Charlize Theron

City by the Sea (2002) thriller drama with Robert De Niro and James Franco

Promised Land (2012) drama opposite Matt Damon and John Krasinski

This Must Be the Place (2011) drama with Sean Penn

Paradise Road (1997) drama war opposite Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett

The Butcher's Wife (1991) romantic comedy with Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels

Chattahoochee (1989) drama opposite Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper

The Good Old Boys (1995) western with Tommy Lee Jones, Matt Damon and Sam Shepard

Hail, Caesar! (2016) comedy directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

TV Shows

She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Olive Kitteridge in drama miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014).

She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Gus in drama television film Hidden in America (1996).

She played Connie Chapman in NBC police drama television series Hill Street Blues (1985).

Leg Work (1987) CBS detective drama television series in role as Willie Pipal

State of Grace (2001-2002) Fox Family comedy drama series in role as Narrator / Adult Hannah (voice)

She voiced "God" in Amazon Studios and BBC Studios miniseries Good Omens (2019).


Graduated from Bethany College in 1979.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1982.

Has a sister, Dorothy A. "Dot" McDormand.

She doesn’t like wearing make up.

She voiced Momma in animated drama adventure film The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Captain Chantal Dubois in animated comedy movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012).

Friends with Tom Hanks.

Lives in New York City.


She married director Joel Coen in 1984, they adopted a son from Paraguay in 1995.


I'm a character actress, plain and simple...Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again.

I've got a rubber face. It has always served me very well and really helps, especially as I get older, because I still have all my road map intact, and I can use it at will.

You have to get away from the theater or from the set and live life. If you work constantly from job to job, you're living in a fantasy world and you have nothing else to offer than fantasy.

I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal.

I never trusted good-looking boys.

I don't think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you're the character you're trying to be.

I'm trained in the theater, and acting, for me, is about the imaginative life I create for myself, not about basing it on something real. I think that whatever I create becomes the reality for the audience.

Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.

I've made a professional reputation playing working-class, middle-class, American women. There's a real sense of stoicism and pragmatism and strength and lyricism of a woman like that.