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Frances McDormand just won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri!

McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who is angry at the local police for their failure to solve her daughter’s murder. And like many of her roles, it took a little bit of encouragement from her husband, director Joel Coen, before she accepted the part. The couple has been married 34 years, during which time, they’ve collaborated on several films and started a family. Here is the story of how they fell in love, and their secret to maintaining a happy relationship on set and at home.

They met in 1983 when she auditioned for the movie “Blood Simple.”

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The couple met when McDormand auditioned for “Blood Simple,” the Coen Brothers’ directorial debut. She auditioned for the role of Abby, a bar owner’s wife who finds herself embroiled in a murder-for-hire plot gone wrong. But McDormand played a little hard-to-get during the audition process. When the directors asked her to come to a callback audition, she said no because she had promised to watch her boyfriend’s two-line debut in a soap opera.

Years later, McDormand teased Coen in an interview at the Rome Film Festival, saying “That’s why you hired me, because I said no.” Coen says that although it was her talent that won her the role, they did appreciate her boldness. “We really liked that. It was so guileless  —  just what we wanted for Abby,” Joel later said to The New York Times.

Literature brought them together.

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Although they’re obvious film enthusiasts, the couple is also passionate about literature. McDormand had only brought one book with her to Austin, Texas, where they were filming Blood Simple. She asked Coen if he had any recommendations, and he brought her an entire box of books by James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler.

“I said, ‘Which one should I start with?’ And he said, ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice,'” she told The Daily Beast. “A couple of nights later, I said, ‘Would you like to come over and discuss the book?’ That did it. He seduced me with literature. And then we discussed books and drank hot chocolate for several evenings.”

They got married with McDormand wearing an unusual wedding band.

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The couple got married in 1984, and McDormand’s ring wasn’t what you’d expect. It had actually belonged to Coen’s ex-wife, whom he’d divorced in the late ’70s. Many women would take issue with that, but McDormand obviously didn’t mind. According to the The New York Times Magazine, she had simply seen it as a matter of practicality, saying that the ring shouldn’t go to waste.

They adopted a son from Paraguay.

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In 1995, McDormand and Coen adopted a son from Paraguay named Pedro McDormand Coen. He’s now an adult, working as a personal trainer, but McDormand recalled his early childhood as she prepared to play a grieving mother in Three Billboards.

“As a mother, you live on the edge of disaster,” she said to the Belfast Telegraph. “You just do. I didn’t give birth to my son, I met him at six months old, but from the minute I held him and smelled him, I knew it was my job to keep him alive.”

They have continued to work together on projects.

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Coen has said that when he begins working on a new project, he’s often had his wife in mind as he writes female roles. She hasn’t starred in every single Coen Brothers film, but she’s done her fair share, with roles in Raising Arizona, Mississippi Burning, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Burn After Reading, and Hail, Caesar!.

McDormand says their chemistry and bond makes their working relationship special.

“It was a revelation that I could have a lover who I could also work with and I wasn’t intimidated by the person,” McDormand told The New York Times Magazine. “It was: Wow! Really! Oh, my God! I can actually love and live — not subvert anything, not apologize for anything, not hide anything.”

New stories keep their marriage strong.

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In an interview at the Rome Film Festival in 2015, the couple revealed the key to their strong marriage.

“I think it’s having different stories to tell each other,” McDormand said. “Although we have often collaborated on films, we have both had really autonomous careers and so we have always had new things to tell each other.”

They encourage each other to take on adventures.

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Although it scored her a Best Leading Actress nomination (and was written specifically with her in mind, according to director Martin McDonagh), McDormand almost turned down the lead role for Three Billboards.

“When I first read it, I loved it, I thought Mildred was amazing. I was very flattered, but then I said, ‘No, I’m sorry, I’m too old,'” she said on a film panel in September. In the film, she plays a grieving mother whose teenage daughter has been murdered.

“Because at the time he gave it to me I was 58 … I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child,” she explained to the panel.

Thankfully, Coen encouraged her to take the role. “Finally my husband said, ‘Just shut up and do it,'” McDormand laughs.

So what’s the next adventure? Coen is working on a new Netflix series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which is set to debut on Netflix this year. For McDormand, the next big move is hopefully a trip up to the stage to accept an Oscar this Sunday.

How Did Frances McDormand & Joel Coen Meet? They Had A Real-Life Rom-Com Meeting

Sometimes it can feel like Hollywood romances are doomed, and it’s easy to wonder if your favorite star couple will stand the test of time. There are still plenty of A-list celebrity couples who’ve been together for ages, though, because Hollywood romance definitely isn’t dead. For example, Frances McDormand and Joel Coen’s relationship is still going strong after more than three decades. In fact, how McDormand and Coen met will make you believe in love in Hollywood again. They definitely have the whole relationship thing down pat.

McDormand and Coen are a serious power couple. After all, she’s an Oscar-winning actor, and he’s directed some of the most iconic movies from the last few decades. As for how they met, well, it turns out that their first interaction was exactly what you might expect: McDormand auditioned for Blood Simple, the Coen brothers’ first movie. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the 1984 movie, and Joel directed it. Apparently, though, what made McDormand particularly memorable to the duo wasn’t just her audition. In addition, it was the fact that she originally declined to go in for the callback, though she did eventually star in the film.

In a 2015 interview with AFP, McDormand shared the story of how she and Coen met. The actor explained to AFP that she originally wasn’t going to go to the callback because she’d “promised to watch her then boyfriend make his two-line debut on a TV soap.” She even joked that the Coens hired her just because she had said no. A lot has changed since then, though (and it’s safe to assume that boyfriend is in the very distant past). McDormand and Coen are happily married and are parents to their now-adult son, Pedro McDormand Coen. She has also starred in many of the Coen brothers’ movies, winning an Academy Award for her role in 1997’s Fargo.

And while some of us might be intimidated at the thought of working professionally with a partner, it sounds like it totally works for McDormand and Coen. “It was a revelation that I could have a lover who I could also work with and I wasn’t intimidated by the person,” she told The New York Times last year. “But that didn’t happen with Joel. It was: Wow! Really! Oh, my God! I can actually love and live — not subvert anything, not apologize for anything, not hide anything.”

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The actor is nominated for an Academy Award again this year — and it looks like her husband played a part there, too. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t a Coen brothers movie, but McDormand shared last fall that Coen encouraged her to take a role in the film.

At a September press conference, she revealed that she originally worried she was “too old” to play Mildred Hayes in the movie. “I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child,” the McDormand said at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference. “So we went back and forth and we debated that quite for a while, and then finally my husband said, ‘Just shut up and do it.'”

Based on the positive reception to her performance in the film — she’s fresh off the heels of a BAFTA win, along with her SAG Award for the movie — it looks like she made the right choice. It’s sweet to learn that Coen encouraged his wife to take the role, and to see that they support each other’s professional endeavors. These two are definitely a couple to watch at the Oscars on Sunday night. No matter who wins, it’s safe to say they’ll be having plenty of fun in the audience.

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After Yale, McDormand moved to New York, where she roomed with her Yale Drama classmate Holly Hunter and performed with the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Her first professional acting job came in 1982, when she traveled to Trinidad to perform in a play written by the Jamaican poet Derek Walcott. Through Hunter, she met Joel and Ethan Coen, two brothers who were casting their debut film, a low-budget thriller.

McDormand won the lead in the film, that of the unfaithful wife of a Texas bar owner who decides to have her and her lover killed. Blood Simple, released in 1984 to overwhelming critical acclaim, marked the beginning of her personal and professional collaboration with director Joel Coen, whom she married in 1984. The couple has an adopted son, Pedro.

McDormand followed Blood Simple with an appearance as a nun in Crimewave (1985), written by the Coen brothers, and a role in the short-lived television series Leg Work (1987). She re-teamed with the Coen brothers with a supporting role in their second major effort, the outlandish comedy Raising Arizona (1987), which featured her old roommate Hunter in her first starring role, opposite Nicolas Cage.

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‘Mississippi Burning’ and ‘Streetcar’

McDormand was still virtually unknown when she garnered an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her emotional portrayal of a Southern woman abused by her bigoted husband in the civil rights drama Mississippi Burning (1988), starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. That same year, she triumphed on stage as well as on screen, earning a Tony Award nomination for her turn as Stella Kowalski in a Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, costarring Blythe Danner and Aidan Quinn. She returned to Broadway in 1992, playing one of The Sisters Rosensweig in Wendy Wasserstein’s acclaimed play.

Instead of courting mainstream success, however, McDormand continued to take on character roles in unusual pictures, choosing to lose herself in her often eccentric screen alter egos. She had a small role in the Coen brothers’ Miller’s Crossing (1990) and a featured role alongside Tim Robbins in the ensemble film Short Cuts (1993), directed by Robert Altman.

Several of her films were critical and commercial disappointments, including Darkman (1990), starring Liam Neeson, The Butcher’s Wife (1991), starring Demi Moore, and Beyond Rangoon (1995), starring Patricia Arquette. She did however make several acclaimed TV movies, including Crazy in Love (1992), costarring Holly Hunter, and actor Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut, The Good Old Boys (1995).

Academy Award Win for ‘Fargo’

McDormand won virtually every available critical prize, including an Oscar for best actress, for her dead-on, hilarious turn as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota policewoman who cracks a decidedly twisted set of crimes in Fargo (1996), written by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by Joel Coen.

Using a regional Minnesotan accent—complete with countless “yahs” and “you betchas”—and sporting a huge prosthetic belly, McDormand truly seemed to become Marge, underscoring her unmatched ability as a character actress.

Continued Success and More Oscar Nods

Also in 1996, McDormand turned in similarly deft characterizations in John Sayles’ low-budget Western Lone Star, and the thriller Primal Fear as a psychiatrist studying a young murder suspect played by Edward Norton. (The film also featured Richard Gere and Laura Linney.)

In the months following her triumph at the Oscars, McDormand costarred with Glenn Close in the World War II-era drama Paradise Road (1997), directed by Bruce Beresford, and in the little-seen independent film Talk of Angels (1998). She also played the schoolmistress Miss Clavel in the big screen version of the classic children’s book Madeline (1998).

With a pair of skillful supporting performances in 2000, McDormand again generated serious Oscar buzz. The real problem for awards night prophets was choosing between her disapproving mother of budding rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) in Almost Famous and her married college chancellor in love with rumpled novelist Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) in Wonder Boys.

In the end, it was her role in Almost Famous, writer-director Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical ode to 1970s rock & roll, that earned McDormand her third Oscar nod for best supporting actress. Costar Kate Hudson, who played the groupie who captures a young writer’s heart, earned a supporting actress nod as well. McDormand also had a special bond with another of her costars in the film, Billy Crudup, with whom she starred in a 1998 stage adaptation of Oedipus.

In 2001, McDormand costarred in the Coen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and James Gandolfini. Over the ensuing years she continued to be featured in films from a variety of genres, including Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Aeon Flux (2005), Friends With Money (2006), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). She also earned her fourth acting Oscar nomination for her supporting role as the miner Glory in 2005’s North Country, starring Charlize Theron.

Emmy Win for ‘Olive Kitteridge’

In 2014, McDormand starred as the titular character in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko and executive produced by McDormand, the series was adapted from the 2008 Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name which won the Pulitzer Prize. The story chronicles the lives of a high school teacher, her spouse and the denizens of their New England town. The acclaimed production ultimately won seven Emmys, including prizes for direction and Outstanding Limited Series, with McDormand earning the lead actress award.

Second Oscar: ‘Three Billboards’

In 2017, McDormand again displayed her capacity for carrying offbeat fare with her turn as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film was a big winner at the Golden Globes in January 2018, with McDormand taking home the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

The film’s awards momentum carried into the Oscars, resulting in a Best Actress win for McDormand. Taking the stage, she called for the other female nominees of the night to stand in solidarity, exclaiming, “Look around, everybody, look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell, and we all have projects we need to finance.” In closing, she said, “I have two words to leave with you tonight: ‘inclusion rider,'” referring to a clause that actors can add to their contracts to ensure a diverse cast and crew.

Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to Lead ‘Macbeth’ from Joel Coen and A24

Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington are teaming up for what is now one of the hottest projects in the industry: “Macbeth.” The latest screen adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play will be written and directed by Joel Coen, making it a rare endeavor without his filmmaking brother Ethan. The project is being set up at A24 with the backing of producer Scott Rudin, who has partnered with the studio before on Oscar-nominated hits like “Lady Bird.”

“Macbeth” was first adapted for the big screen in 1948 by Orson Welles and was most recently done in 2015 with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. Justin Kurzel directed the 2015 adaptation. Coen’s take on the material will have Washington star as the Scottish lord who discovers in a prophecy from three witches that he’s to become the king of Scotland. Macbeth works with his quietly mischievous wife to assume the title.

Both McDormand and Washington are two-time Oscar winners, with the former winning Best Actress trophies for “Fargo” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and the latter taking home Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” and Best Actor for “Training Day.” McDormand and Joel Coen have been married since 1984 and have worked together on “Fargo,” “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Burn After Reading,” and Hail, Caesar!”

The plan is for Coen and the actors to finish shooting “Macbeth” by the end of the year.

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For McDormand, though, that would be an off-screen extension of the truth-telling she aims for as an actor. In an interview after her 1996 Oscar win, she drew a distinction that can be seen to have guided her career: “Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don’t work, and then they work again.”

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Born: 23 June 1957, Gibson, Illinois

Career: Although she jokes about only being in so many Coen brothers movies because she was sleeping with one of them, her precise attention to accent and expressions in Coen films made her one of America’s most wanted character actors.

High point: 1996 Academy Award for best actress for Fargo.

Low point: The 2005 sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux was ridiculed by reviewers.

They say: “Frances McDormand tears the movie open, showing you what a broken heart looks like.” – New York Times on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

She says: “Most women’s pictures are as boring and as formulaic as men’s pictures. In place of a car chase or a battle scene, what you get is an extreme closeup of a woman breaking down.”

Joel Coen and Frances McDormand sue Marin neighbors over land dispute

  • Frances McDormand and Joel Coen attend the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2019 in Hollywood. The couple has become embroiled in a legal dispute with their Marin neighbors.


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Frances McDormand and Joel Coen attend the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2019 in Hollywood. The couple has become embroiled in a legal dispute with their Marin neighbors.


Frances McDormand and Joel Coen attend the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2019 in Hollywood. The couple has become embroiled in a legal dispute with their

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Longtime film industry power couple Joel Coen and Frances McDormand are reportedly fed up with their Marin neighbors, accusing them of ignoring historic property boundaries and encroaching on their land.

While the consequent drama doesn’t quite reach the scale of “Fargo,” the Academy Award-winning duo known for collaborating on the cult classic movie, among other Coen Brothers flicks, have filed a lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court against the couple living next door to them, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

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Coen and McDormand originally moved into their Bolinas home in 2005 for the area’s “easygoing culture,” perceiving it as the “ideal getaway,” writes Michelle Catapang, a lawyer representing the couple. But controversy over the greenbelt separating their land from the adjacent property has allegedly led to an increasingly contentious relationship with their neighbors.

Retired dentist Randolph Rush and his wife Donna have lived in their home for 45 years, according to the Journal. While Coen and McDormand say the greenbelt has long been recognized as part of their property, the Rushes claim a survey dating back to 2007 placed the boundary 10 feet north of where it was allegedly established.

That meant the line dividing their properties was actually on the Rushes’ land, while also running through Coen and McDormand’s driveway. Building is restricted on land considered part of a greenbelt, signifying further legal trouble for the Oscar-winning couple — their driveway was also now part of the problematic territory.

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In May 2018, the couples reached a tentative agreement in which the Rushes would obtain most of the land, but the Rushes reportedly began landscaping the property before the final settlement was signed.

Coen and McDormand maintained their objections, the Journal reported, and the lawsuit was filed on Oct. 28. If the court fails to enforce the settlement or recognize the boundary, Coen and McDormand would regain ownership of the greenbelt.

A case management conference has been scheduled for March 19.

Read the full story, including comment from Coen and McDormand, from the Marin Independent Journal here.

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Amanda Bartlett is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @byabartlett

  • Name: Frances McDormand
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Height: 5ft 5in (165 cm)
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Net Worth: US $10 Million
  • Status: Alive

Frances McDormand is an American Oscar-winning actress. She’s had success in film, television and theater. Her filmography include Fargo (1997), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018), Almost Famous (2000), and the miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014). She won a Tony Award for best actress for the play Good People. Frances Louise McDormand was born Cynthia Ann Smith on June 23, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised by adopted parents Noreen and Vernon McDormand. Noreen worked as a nurse/receptionist, while Vernon worked as a minister with Disciples of Christ. The family moved around before settling down in Monessen, Pennsylvania. McDormand attended Monessen High School. She earned her BA degree in theater at Bethany College (1979), and her MFA at Yale University School of Drama (1982).

McDormand started out as a stage actress. She had a memorable role as “Lady Macbeth” back in high school. After college, she moved to New York City, where she roomed with future actress/producer Holly Hunter. The two had previously taken drama classes together at Yale. McDormand’s professional stage debut was a 1982 production of ‘The Last Carnival’ in Trinidad and Tobago. Her film debut was Blood Simple (1984). The film was written, produced and directed by the Coen Brothers (Joel, Ethan). It received mostly positive reviews and made $3.8 million at the box office. McDormand appeared alongside Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona (1987). She picked up an Academy Award for best supporting actress for Mississippi Burning (1988). That same year she was also nominated for a Tony Award for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. McDormand had a recurring role as “Connie Chapman” in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues (1985). She co-starred as “Willie Pipal” in the short-lived CBS series Leg Work (1987). Other early television appearances include Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, and The Twilight Zone.

McDormand won the Oscar for best actress for her role as “Marge Gunderson” in Fargo (1996). She won several other awards including the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award. She followed up with prominent roles in Primal Fear (1996), Madeline (1998), and Wonder Boys (2000). McDormand was cast as “Elaine Miller”, an overbearing mother in the comedy-drama, Almost Famous (2000). She starred opposite Charlize Theron and Sean Bean in the drama, North Country (2005). In 2011, she won the Tony Award for best actress in a play for ‘Good People’. McDormand starred as the title character on the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014). The show earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding lead actress in a limited series. She won her second Oscar, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018).

McDormand’s film credits include Friends with Money (2006) with Jennifer Aniston, Burn After Reading (2008) with George Clooney, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) with Amy Adams, and Promised Land (2012) with Matt Damon. She voiced the character “Chantal Dubois” for Madagascar 3 (2012). She also lent her voice to the animated films, The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Isle of Dogs (2018).

Frances McDormand’s height is 5ft 5in. Her personal net worth is estimated at $10 million. She spends her time between New York City and Marin County, California. McDormand married film director ‘Joel Coen’ in April 1984. They have an adopted son, Pedro McDormand Coen, who’s originally from Paraguay.

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Frances McDormand Real Name, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand, in full Frances Louise McDormand, (born June 23, 1957, Gibson City, Illinois, U.S.), American actress who was critically acclaimed for her unadorned yet magnetic interpretations of character roles in film and on television as well as on the stage.

McDormand, the daughter of a Disciples of Christ minister, spent her childhood in a succession of small Midwestern towns. She found her vocation as an actor when she was cast in a high-school play. McDormand studied theatre at Bethany College in West Virginia (B.A., 1979) and then enrolled in Yale University’s School of Drama (M.F.A., 1982). She moved to New York City to seek a career on the stage.

Her first professional acting job (1982) was in a play by Derek Walcott, for which she traveled to Trinidad and Tobago. She was cast in a central role in Joel and Ethan Coen’s first movie, Blood Simple (1984), and McDormand married Joel Coen the year the film was released. Her primary focus remained theatre, however, and that same year she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets’s Awake and Sing! In 1985 McDormand had a recurring guest part in the TV series Hill Street Blues and a bit part in Sam Raimi’s comic horror film Crimewave, and she played the baby-mad Dot in the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona (1987). She won praise and an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her portrayal of a submissive wife who chooses to unmask her racist husband in Mississippi Burning (1988), and she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Stella in the 1988 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

McDormand played a lead role in Ken Loach’s political thriller Hidden Agenda (1990) and portrayed the protagonist’s girlfriend in Raimi’s fantasy thriller Darkman (1990). She appeared in Robert Altman’s sketch collection Short Cuts (1993) as well as the minor films Beyond Rangoon and Palookaville (both 1995). McDormand’s portrayal of the methodical, folksy, and very pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in the Coen brothers’ celebrated Fargo (1996) earned her an Academy Award for best actress. She later appeared in Wonder Boys (2000) and was nominated for the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the overbearing mother of the protagonist in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000). McDormand played an aging hedonist in the drama Laurel Canyon (2002) and appeared in the Jack Nicholson vehicle Something’s Gotta Give (2003). She was again nominated for the best-supporting-actress Oscar for her role as a truck driver with ALS in North Country (2005). Her subsequent films include Burn After Reading (2008), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and Moonrise Kingdom (2012).

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In 2008 McDormand received rave reviews for her starring role in a Broadway revival of The Country Girl, and she later won a Tony Award for her lead role in the drama Good People (2011). She earned an Emmy Award for her portrayal of the title character in the 2014 TV miniseries Olive Kitteridge. McDormand later voiced the character Momma in the animated feature The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Interpreter Nelson in the stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs (2018). She also appeared in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! (2016).

McDormand later starred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), portraying a mother determined to find the killer of her daughter. For her performance, she won her second Oscar. In 2019 McDormand provided the voice of God for Good Omens, a miniseries based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel of the same name.

“This is a night for positivity,” Jimmy Kimmel said, at the start of the ninetieth Academy Awards. For the most part, it was—all the way up through the moment when Guillermo del Toro, accepting the award for Best Picture, told aspiring filmmakers, “This is a door. Kick it open and come in.” Much of what came in the intervening three and a half hours struck a similar chord: inclusive and inspirational, in the safe, prepackaged mode that Hollywood tends to prefer. Instead of the spiky, rude danger of the Golden Globes, we got an endless montage celebrating the magic of the movies and a blandly nonconformist anthem from “The Greatest Showman,” with the lyric, “I’m marching on to the beat I drum.” Even the joint appearance of three of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers—Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek—went for the conciliatory language of “a new path,” a far cry from the had-it-up-to-here snarl of “Time’s Up.” After a year of upheaval and revolt in Hollywood, it all felt awfully safe and devoid of spontaneity.

With two exceptions. The first was Tiffany Haddish, presenting two short-film awards with Maya Rudolph. Haddish missed out on a nomination for “Girls Trip,” but she put her indelible stamp on this year’s Oscar season—first, when she announced the nominations, in January, hilariously mangling the names Luca Guadagnino and Daniel Kaluuya. Last night, she stole the show again, riffing on white people with clipboards (“I’m always wondering, What are they writing down about me?”) and telling Rudolph, “When you took a dookie in the street in ‘Bridesmaids,’ it changed my life.” Haddish had a freshness and an in-the-moment comedic spark that leaped off the television screen. If the Academy’s leaders don’t nab her as next year’s host, they’re fools.

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The other burst of spontaneity came from Frances McDormand, who gave the most memorable speech of the night. Up to and including her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” for which she won her second Best Actress award, McDormand has made a career playing brash, unconventional, rough-hewn women. She’s a true original who doesn’t fit into any Hollywood archetype—even that of a grieving mother seeking justice. McDormand cuts into her characters like a chainsaw: no time for apologies, vanity, or small talk. She’s like Hollywood’s cool, eccentric aunt who does community theatre and sneaks you a joint on your birthday. A month before she was nominated for “Three Billboards,” she was singing Shaker spirituals in a Wooster Group show in SoHo. Talk about marching on to the beat that you drum!

So who better to give this impolite year its defining Oscar moment? When she won, she hopped onstage, gave a tiny little lunge-kick, and shook the hand of the guy who brought out the statuette. Her hair was short yet unwieldy, and her dress looked repurposed from some weird drapes. She let out a nervous whinny-laugh and motor-mouthed, “O.K., so I’m hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up, ’cause I’ve got some things to say.” By “things to say,” she had slowed into an I-mean-business deadpan. Then: curveball! “I think this is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic half-pipe. Did you see that?” Practically everyone had McDormand on an Oscar ballot, but no one predicted a snowboarding metaphor.

She thanked her director, Martin McDonagh: “We are a bunch of hooligans and anarchists, but we do clean up nice.” She thanked her sister, Dorothy, and her “clan”: her husband, Joel Coen, and their son, Pedro. “These two stalwart individuals were well raised by their feminist mothers,” she said, making clear that she’s a feminist mother par excellence. “They value each other, themselves, and those around them. I know you are proud of me, and that fills me with everlasting joy.” If you didn’t already want to spend a weeknight eating spaghetti and meatballs in the McDormand-Coen household, you do now.

Then, she informed us, it was time for “some perspective.” She placed her Oscar on the floor and gave it a friendly tap on the head. Putting her hand to her chest, she asked all the female nominees to stand with her. (“Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will.”) Up shot Greta Gerwig and Lesley Manville and Octavia Spencer and dozens of others, as McDormand let out another crazy laugh and yelled, “C’mon!” The room was utterly hers. “Look around, ladies and gentlemen,” she continued, “because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight.” She tapped a nonexistent wristwatch. “Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours—whichever suits you best—and we’ll tell you all about them.” Did you hear that, money people? Frances McDormand doesn’t need your party talk. Get real.

She concluded, “I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” Then she gave a brief little stare that said, “No, I’m not going to explain what that means—you’re going to look it up, and you’re going to like it.” (An inclusion rider, as Stacy Smith explains in this TED Talk, is an equity clause for contracts that insures diversity on film sets.) With that, she picked up her Oscar, curtsied, and left.

Last Updated on March 6, 2018

Born on 23rd June 1957, Frances McDormand’s hometown is in Chicago, Illinois. Her full name is Frances Louise McDormand. She belongs to white American ethnicity and holds American citizenship. The 60 years old actress will be turning 61 years in June 2018. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. Her birth-giving parents are not known, as Canadian parents adopted her. Her father’s name is Vernon W. McDormand and mother is Noree E. Nickleson. She has a sibling of whose identity is not disclosed.

Quick Wikis

Name Frances Louise McDormand
Birth Name Cynthia Ann Smith
Birthday 23rd June 1957
Birthplace Chicago Illinois
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Nationality American
Ethnicity White, American
Profession Actress
Parents Vernon W. McDormand
Noree E. Nickleson
Dating/Boyfriend No
Married/Husband Joel Coen
Children Pedro McDormand Coen
Net Worth est. $16 million

Net Worth, Salary, and Income

Frances started her career as an actress in the play named In a Fine Castle (The Last Carnival.) However, in a big screen, she debuted through Blood Simple in 1984. The movie was by Coen brothers, including Joen, her husband. As she got good feedback from the film, she began getting more into the acting field.

Frances McDormand in a red carpet event

Some notable movies of her include Blood Simple, Fargo, Primal Fear, Raising Arizona, Short Cuts, Wonder Boys, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Something’s Gotta Give, The Good Dinosaur, and more. For her contribution, she won different awards like Golden Globe Award, Tony Award Triple Crown of Acting, and 2018 Oscars.

Frances McDormand is Emmy Award-winning actress

As she has gone through a long acting career and has gained good experience, we assume her income per year is in millions. The report of 2017 mentioned her annual salary to be $3.5 million. According to, her net worth is $16 million as of 2018.

Married to Husband Joel Coen

Frances is a married woman who has already lived 33 years long together with her husband. Her spouse is Joel Coen, who is a director and collaborator by profession. The duo exchanged vows in one private wedding in 1984. Frances and Joel share love and cooperation. Thus they are together for three decades and more. Till date, they never fell into conflict and divorce issues never came out.

Frances McDormand and her husband, Joel Coen

McDormand wears ring which was once Joel’s first wife used to wear. Joel gave her this ring, as it was his first love. After divorcing his ex-wife in 70s, he married her. From this marriage, they do not have a biological son. Frances adopted a child and named him Pedro McDormand Coen in 1994. Their child is Paraguay born.

Frances McDormand with her husband Joel Coen and son Pedro McDormand Coen

Body Measurements: Height, Color, Size

Frances is decently tall with the height of 5 ft 6 inches and weighs 65 kilos. Her body is slim, and causal dresses fit perfectly on her body. She has blue eyes and blonde hair. The information regarding her body measurements is not disclosed yet.

McDormand told The Age of her adoptive parents, “They take in strays. They also have nine cats.”

2. McDormand Has labeled Her Birth Mother as ‘White Trash’ & She Has Two Siblings

Frances McDormand in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015. (Getty)

McDormand once said she was raised white trash, but she made it clear that she was only talking about her biological mother, whose name is not clear. “My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash,” reported The New York Times.

Frances McDormand was born in Gibson City, Illinois, according to The Times. Vernon McDormand died at age 88 in 2011. His obituary says he had “three children: Kenneth Henry McDormand and his wife, Lynn, of Racine, Wis.; the Rev. Dorothy Ann McDormand and her life partner, Rosemary Duffy, of Pittsburgh; Frances McDormand and her husband, Joel Coen, Manhattan, N.Y.”

McDormand’s adoptive parents were from Canada.

3. McDormand Is Married to Joel Coen of Coen Brothers Fame

US actress Frances McDormand (R) and US director Joel Coen pose during a photocall before meeting the audience at the Rome Film Festival, on October 16, 2015 in Rome.

Frances McDormand and Joel Coen have one of Hollywood’s most successful marriages. According to AFP, McDormand told reporters that “like good movies a good marriage comes down to storytelling.” Coen, with his brother, makes up the famous Coen Brothers directing duo.

“The two met in New York in 1983 when McDormand auditioned for the Coen brothers’ debut feature Blood Simple. Before McDormand auditioned, Coen confessed that they ‘were losing hope of finding anyone for the role,’” AFP reported.

McDormand stated, according to AFP, of their successful marriage: “I think it’s having different stories to tell each other. Although we have often collaborated on films, we have both had really autonomous careers and so we have always had new things to tell each other.”

Joel Coen and his brother cast McDormand in many of their movies, most famously as the pregnant police chief Marge in their midwestern crime caper, Fargo. She won an Academy Award for that portrayal.

4. Coen & McDormand Have a Son They Adopted From Paraguay

US actress Frances McDormand, Pedro McDormand Coen, and US director Joel Coen arrive for an interview with an audience during the Rome Film Fest, on October 16, 2015 in Rome.

Joel Coen and Frances McDormand adopted their son, Pedro, in 1995. He was 6-months-old at the time. At one point, according to The New York Times, she was considering writing a book on adoption.

Pedro McDormand Coen has not gone into acting. He is a certified massage therapist and private trainer, according to Womans World.

5. Frances McDormand May Have Based Her Famous Character ‘Marge’ Partly on Her Sister, Dorothy

Frances McDormand

McDormand may have drawn from her real-life family for her iconic portrayal of Marge in Fargo. According to The New York Times, she has admitted basing Marge’s personality on her sister, Dorothy.

The Times reports that Dorothy is a chaplain at a maximum-security prison. The Times reported that the decision was probably “an unconscious choice.” McDormand is said to be close to her sister, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Their brother, Kenneth McDormand, died in 2014 at the age of 70.