Frances McDormand Biography


Frances McDormand Biography

Date of Birth: June 23, 1957 (58)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female

Frances McDormand studied at the Yale School of Drama. Stage appearances include The Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as ‘Stella’ in A Streetcar Named Desire, 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 Theater in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup. With The Wooster Group, she performed in To You, The Birdie! and North Atlantic. Films include Burn After Reading, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Friends With Money, Laurel Canyon, Something’s Gotta Give, Wonder Boys, City By The Sea, Madeline, Primal Fear, Lone Star, Palookaville, Chattahoochee, Darkman, Hidden Agenda, Short Cuts, Beyond Rangoon, Paradise Road, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Raising Arizona, and Blood Simple. She can next be seen in Transformers 3 and opposite Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. She is the recipient of four Academy Award nominations: Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, North Country, and Fargo, for which she received the award for her performance as ‘Marge Gunderson’.

Frances McDormand Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Actress (Play)
Frances McDormand, Good People
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, The Country Girl
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play
Frances McDormand, A Streetcar Named Desire
Tony Awards - 1988 - Actress (Play)
Frances McDormand , A Streetcar Named Desire