Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand ( born June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress. She is married to director Joel Coen since 1984 and plays in many of the movies that turns Joel and his brother Ethan.


Frances McDormand is an adopted child and grew up with other adoptive siblings in a religious family, which belongs to the Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ ). She completed her education with a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.

Her very first film Blood Simple (1984 ), also the first film by the Coen brothers, McDormand succeeded in the role of the unfaithful wife of a breakthrough. Afterwards, she starred in Raising Arizona ( Raising Arizona, 1987), a somewhat wacky neighbor, in Miller 's Crossing (1990 ) the secretary of the mayor and in Barton Fink (1991 ) has a cameo role as a theater actress. Even their biggest success they had with a film by the Coen brothers: In Fargo ( 1996) she played the very pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson, which is to solve a kidnapping case in a snowy backwater of the United States. For her performance in the film McDormand won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress. In movies, the brothers still followed the roles as unloving wife of the main character in The Man Who Was not There (2001 ) and as the dreaming of cosmetic surgery gym employees in Burn After Reading (2008 ) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination received.

In addition, McDormand was also in films of other directors as a successful actress, including in Sam Raimi The Killer Academy ( Crimewave, 1985) and Darkman (1990). She received another Academy Award nominations as cowed wife of a police officer and Ku Klux Klan member in Mississippi Burning (1988 ) by Alan Parker, as well as a concerned mother in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous ( 2000). She was part of the acclaimed ensembles in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993 ) and played as a psychologist in the court Thriller Twilight (Primal Fear, 1996), and as secret lover and supervisors of a college professor in Wonder Boys ( Wonder Boys, 2000) by Curtis Hanson and as head of the family in Laurel Canyon ( 2003) with.

McDormand and Joel Coen in 1994 adopted a child from Paraguay. They live in New York.

Filmography (selection)

Awards (selection)


Golden Globes

London Critics Circle Film Awards

Chicago Film Critics Association

Chlotrudis Awards