Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand

Highest Rated: 95% Short Cuts (1993)

Lowest Rated: 9% Aeon Flux (2005)

Birthday: Jun 23, 1957

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Born the daughter of an Illinois minister on June 23, 1957, Frances McDormand attended West Virginia's Bethany College and later studied acting at the prestigious Yale Drama School. After her graduation, McDormand could be seen gaining professional experience in numerous stage productions across the country. In 1984, McDormand made her film debut playing a somewhat dim-witted adulterous wife in the Coen brothers' Blood Simple, thus beginning an association that would culminate in her marriage to director Joel Coen. Despite winning critical acclaim for her performance, it would be four years, save for a cameo in the Coens' Raising Arizona (1987) and various small roles, before she would be featured in another major film production. In the meantime, McDormand's stage career flourished, and she received a Tony nomination for the 1987 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She also did periodic television work, co-starring on the short-lived detective drama Legwork (1987) and appearing in a recurring role on Hill Street Blues.In 1988, McDormand found her way back into the Hollywood spotlight, and won an Oscar nomination for her role as a Klan wife who testifies against a good ol' boy sheriff in Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning. Her film career picked up significantly afterwards, and led to appearances in a wide variety of well-wrought dramas, including Ken Loach's controversial Hidden Agenda (1990), which featured the actress one of a group of American attorneys working to improve prisoner rights throughout a war-torn Ireland. 1990 would also find her playing a small role in the Coens' Miller's Crossing, which led to a similar performance in Robert Altman's Short Cuts. In 1996, McDormand won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of sheriff Marge Gunderson in Fargo, yet another Coen brothers film. The following year, she co-starred as a German doctor in Bruce Beresford's WWII drama Paradise Road, and then tried her hand at children's films with a starring role in Madeline (1998).In 2000, McDormand made memorable supporting appearances in two films. First was the part of an adulterous academic wife in Curtis Hanson's overlooked Wonder Boys; late that year she could be seen playing the well-meaning, yet unarguably overprotective mother in Cameron Crowe's critically successful coming-of-age drama Almost Famous. The latter would net her another Supporting Actress nomination. In 2001, McDormand could be seen playing a camped-out version of a film noir lush in the Coens' The Man Who Wasn't There. Her subsequent role in 2002's Laurel Canyon -- as an aging, wild-child record producer -- earned her critical hosannas, even if the film was little-seen. The issue picture North Country offered her the challenge of playing a working-class woman gradually succumbing to Lou Gehrig's disease, and in early 2006, earned her another Best Supporting Actress nomination. She followed it up with an acid-tongued role in the ensemble comedy-drama Friends With Money.Over the next several years, McDormand would continue to appear in several acclaimed films, including Burn After Reading, This Must Be the Place, and Moonrise Kingdom.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The French Dispatch Actor 2020
No Score Yet Nomadland Producer Actor 2019
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes $52.1M 2017
86% Hail, Caesar! C.C. Calhoun $28M 2016
76% The Good Dinosaur Momma $123.1M 2015
32% Every Secret Thing Producer Executive Producer $97.5K 2015
No Score Yet She's The Best Thing In It Actor 2015
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Actor 2013
52% Promised Land Sue Thomason $7.7M 2013
66% This Must Be The Place Jane $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Rebels With A Cause Actor 2012
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Captain Chantal Dubois $216.4M 2012
93% Moonrise Kingdom Mrs. Bishop $45.6M 2012
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Charlotte $352.4M 2011
No Score Yet The Botany of Desire Narrator 2009
78% Burn After Reading Linda Litzke $60.4M 2008
78% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Miss Guinevere Pettigrew Executive Producer $12.3M 2008
72% Friends With Money Jane $13.3M 2006
9% Aeon Flux Handler $25.9M 2005
69% North Country Glory $18.4M 2005
72% Something's Gotta Give Zoe Barry $121.5M 2003
68% Laurel Canyon Jane $3.6M 2003
48% City by the Sea Michelle $22.4M 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Doris $7.5M 2001
No Score Yet Short Fuse Actor 2001
67% Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Actor 2001
82% Wonder Boys Sara 2000
89% Almost Famous Elaine Miller $31.8M 2000
No Score Yet Talk of Angels Conlon 1998
63% Madeline Miss Clavel 1998
No Score Yet Johnny Skidmarks Alice 1998
48% Paradise Road Dr. Verstak 1997
No Score Yet Hidden in America Gus 1996
94% Lone Star Bunny 1996
75% Primal Fear Dr. Molly Arrington Dr Molly Arrington 1996
93% Fargo Marge Gunderson 1996
39% Beyond Rangoon Andy Bowman 1995
64% Palookaville June 1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys Eve Calloway 1995
95% Short Cuts Betty Weathers 1993
No Score Yet Crazy In Love Clare 1992
10% Passed Away Nora 1992
25% The Butcher's Wife Grace 1991
90% Barton Fink Voice of Stage Actress 1991
91% Miller's Crossing Actor 1990
83% Hidden Agenda Ingrid Jessner 1990
84% Darkman Julie Hastings 1990
14% Chattahoochee Mae 1989
No Score Yet Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Brigette 1989
83% Mississippi Burning Mrs. Pell 1988
91% Raising Arizona Dot 1987
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Actor 1985
94% Blood Simple Abby 1984

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2017
2001
95% Olive Kitteridge
2014
Executive Producer Olive Kitteridge Producer 2014
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 2006
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice 2001
83% Good Omens
2019
Narrator/God

QUOTES FROM Frances McDormand CHARACTERS

Officer Olson says: Found somethin' there, Chief?

Marge Gunderson says: No, I just think I'm gonna barf!

Marge Gunderson says: And it's a beautiful day...

Marge Gunderson says: Prowler needs a jump.

Marge Gunderson says: Prowler needs a jump.

Jane says: Who plans on a change of plan? That would be sort of paranoid, don't you think?

Miss Clavel says: Something is not right!

Marge Gunderson says: Sir, you have no call to get snippy with me! I'm just doing my job here.

Charlotte says: We believe the Russians deduced that the rod was a fissionable fuel assembly, believed they had it mastered, and tried to harness it at Chernobyl.

Optimus Prime says: The ship's name was the Ark. I watched it escape Cybertron myself. It was carrying an Autobot technology which would've won us the war. And it's captain.

Charlotte says: Who is it's captain?

Optimus Prime says: The great Sentinel Prime, the technology's inventor. He was commander of the Autobots before me. It's imperative that I find it before the Decepticons learn of its location. Our Autobot spacecraft has the ability to get there. And. . . you must pray it's in time.

Charlotte says: Don't call me a ma'am. I'm not a ma'am.

Carly Miller says: Well, you're a woman aren't you?

Miss Guinevere Pettigrew says: Not everything comes along exactly when you want it.

Marge Gunderson says: Hiya, Lou. Whoo! What ya got there?

Officer Olson says: Margie, thought you might need a little warm-up.

Marge Gunderson says: Thanks a bunch. ... So, what's the deal? Gary says triple homicide.

Marge Gunderson says: Thanks a bunch. So, what's the deal? Gary says triple homicide.

Glory Dodge says: Before your law firm hired you did they put your feet up in the air and look in your insides?

Mrs. Bishop says: I'm sorry, Walt.

Mr. Bishop says: It's not your fault. (pause) Which injuries are you apologizing for, specifically?

Mrs. Bishop says: Specifically? Whichever ones still hurt.

Mr. Bishop says: Half of those were self-inflicted.

Mrs. Bishop says: I beg your pardon. Are you a lawyer?

Scout Master Ward says: No, maâ??am, but

Scout Master Ward says: No, ma'am, but

Mrs. Bishop says: Well, I am!

Mrs. Bishop says: Does it concern you that your daughterâ??s just run away from home?

Mrs. Bishop says: Does it concern you that your daughter's just run away from home?

Mr. Bishop says: Thatâ??s a loaded question.

Mr. Bishop says: That's a loaded question.

Captain Chantel DuBois says: Silly little animals, you should never left the forest. Now you deal with me!

Captain Chantel DuBois says: Well played Lion. Game on.

Alex says: This is right place for Animals like you(saying to Dubois)

Alex says: This is right place for animals like you. [saying to Dubois]

Captain Chantal Dubois says: Roar

Captain Chantal Dubois says: Roar.

Marge Gunderson says: No, I - Mike - wyncha sit over there, I'd prefer that.

Mike Yanagita says: Huh? Oh, okay, I'm sorry.

Marge Gunderson says: No, just so I can see ya, ya know. Don't have to turn my neck.

Marge Gunderson says: I'd be very surprised if our suspect was from Brainerd.

Elaine Miller says: Rock stars have kidnapped my son.

Marge Gunderson says: I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work there, Lou.

Mrs. Bishop says: Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Mr. Bishop says: Why?

Captain Sharp says: Did you hit him?

Mrs. Bishop says: No, he drove into a ditch.

Mr. Bishop says: What am I looking at here?

Mrs. Bishop says: He does watercolors. Landscapes, a few nudes.

Captain Chantal Dubois says: Poor animals now you deal with me.

Captain Chantel DuBois says: You fool how could you let them get away!

Captain Chantel DuBois says: When in Rome... VIVA LA FRANCE!

Charlotte says: I don't care who you are. If you breathe a word of what you see in here, you will do time for treason.

Captain Chantel DuBois says: Voila! Giraffe at 12 o' clock.

Mr. Bishop says: What am I lookin' at?

Mrs. Bishop says: He does water colors. Mostly landscapes, but a few nudes.

Marge Gunderson says: So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it.

Linda Litzke says: Dribble? Dribble?

Linda Litzke says: Organs?

Mrs. Bishop says: Frances, where the hell are you?

Mr. Bishop says: I'm up here!

Mrs. Bishop says: Does it concern that your daughter has run away from home?

Mr. Bishop says: ... That's a loaded question.

Mr. Bishop says: That's a loaded question.

Marge Gunderson says: And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper?

Sam Witwicky says: The whole thing has been a set-up since the beginning! The Decepticons wanted Optimus to find Sentinel because he was the only one who could revive him.

Charlotte says: But we have the space bridge...

Sam Witwicky says: Mearing, you have 5 pillars- I just learned they that have hundreds! You're doing exactly what they wanted you to do! What do you need me say to you? The decepticons are coming for Sentinel?

Peyton Westlake/Darkman says: Don't look at me...

Julie Hastings says: I want to look.

Dino says: (About Optimus) He's in a bad mood, he's not talking to anybody today.

Dino says: [about Optimus] He's in a bad mood, he's not talking to anybody today.

Charlotte says: What is this, the silent treatment?

Ironhide says: We've seen that and this is not that.

Que says: No definitely not!

Ironhide says: This is worse. Prime, make something of yourself! (Hits optimus who transforms into his robot mode) He's pissed.

Ironhide says: This is worse. Prime, make something of yourself! [hits optimus who transforms into his robot mode] He's pissed.

Elaine Miller says: I didn't ask for this role, but I'll play it. Now go do your best. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid. Goethe said that. It's not too late for you to become a person of substance, Russell. Please get my son home safely. You know, I'm glad we spoke.

Elaine Miller says: I didn't ask for this role, but I'll play it. Now go do your best. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid. Goethe said that. It's not too late for you to become a person of substance, Russell. Please get my son home safely. You know, I'm glad we spoke. [Elaine hangs up]

Charlotte says: It's a work perk.

Dot says: Reilly!!!, You take that diaper off your head and put it back on your sister!

Dot says: Reilly, You take that diaper off your head and put it back on your sister.

Mrs. Pell says: If you're ever in Des Moines, don't send me a postcard.

Linda Litzke says: That's Fantastic!!!

Linda Litzke says: That's fantastic.

Marge Gunderson says: Marge Gunderson: Say, Lou, didya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plates, so he went and changed his name to J3L2404?

Marge Gunderson says: Say, Lou, didya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plates, so he went and changed his name to J3L2404?

Officer Olson says: Yah that's a good one

Officer Olson says: Yah that's a good one.

Marge Gunderson says: You betcha!

Mrs. Pell says: you prick