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Frances McDormand

Highest Rated:   95% Short Cuts (1993)
Lowest Rated:   9% Aeon Flux (2005)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Mildred Hayes
2017
85% Hail, Caesar!
  • C.C. Calhoun
$28M 2016
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Momma
$94.2M 2015
31% Every Secret Thing
  • Executive Producer
  • 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
51% Promised Land
  • Sue Thomason
$7.7M 2013
65% 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
77% 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
68% North Country
  • Glory
$18.4M 2005
71% 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
No Score Yet 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
81% Wonder Boys
  • Sara
2000
89% Almost Famous
  • Elaine Miller
$31.8M 2000
No Score Yet Talk of Angels
  • Conlon
1998
62% 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
93% Lone Star
  • Bunny
1996
74% Primal Fear
  • Dr. Molly Arrington
1996
94% Fargo
  • Marge Gunderson
1996
38% 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
11% Passed Away
  • Nora
1992
21% The Butcher's Wife
  • Grace
1991
91% Barton Fink
  • Voice of Stage Actress
1991
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Actor
1990
83% Hidden Agenda
  • Ingrid Jessner
1990
83% Darkman
  • Julie Hastings
1990
17% Chattahoochee
  • Mae
1989
No Score Yet Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo
  • Brigette
1989
89% Mississippi Burning
  • Mrs. Pell
1988
91% Raising Arizona
  • Dot
1987
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • Actor
1985
94% Blood Simple
  • Abby
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Olive Kitteridge
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2001

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