Frances McDormand Bio: Promised Land Actor

release date:January 4, 2013
Tuesday April 23, 2013 (dvd)
running time:106 min.
director:Gus Van Sant
studio:Entertainment One
producer(s):Chris Moore, Matt Damon, John Krasinski
screenplay:Matt Damon, John Krasinski
cast:Matt Damon, John Krasinksi, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
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Frances McDormand Biography

Frances McDormand

Date of Birth: June 23, 1957

Adopted by Canadian-born minister Vernon McDormand and his wife, Noreen, Frances McDormand was raised in Monessen, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in West Virginia and attended Yale University's School of Drama, where she was awarded the Carol Dye prize for Excellence. It would be the first of many awards for McDormand.

She sees herself as "... a character actress, plain and simple. Who can worry about a career? Have a life! Movie stars have careers. Actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again."

McDormand will long be remembered for her Academy Award-winning performance as Marge, the pregnant police chief in Fargo (1996), directed by her real life husband, Joel Coen. She will also be remembered for her Best Supporting Actress nominations for Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000) and North Country (2005). She also won Best Actress at the Gijon International Film Festival for Laurel Canyon (2002). McDormand often performs on stage, and in 2011, won a Tony award for her work in the Broadway play Good People.

Although constantly in demand, she feels she's known as an actor, not a star—and likes it that way: "I have friends who are movie stars," she says. "And I think it's just as hard a job as being a working actor. But it's a different job, and it's not the one I want."

Some of McDormand's recent film titles include Friends With Money (2006), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the voice of Captain Chantel DuBois in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) and Matt Damon's business partner in Promised Land (2013).

She and her husband have two children.


Promised Land(2013)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) (voice)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon(2011)
This Must Be the Place(2011)
Burn After Reading(2008)
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day(2008)
Friends With Money(2006)
North Country(2005)
Something's Gotta Give(2003)
City By The Sea(2002)
Laurel Canyon(2002)
The Man Who Wasn't There(2001)
Almost Famous(2000)
Wonder Boys(2000)
Talk Of Angels(1998)
Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
Paradise Road (1997)
Lone Star (1996)
Primal Fear (1996)
Plain Pleasures (1996)
Palookaville (1995)
Beyond Rangoon (1995)
Bleeding Hearts(1994)
Short Cuts(1993)
Passed Away (1992)
The Butcher's Wife (1991)
Darkman (1990)
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Cattahoochee (1989)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Raising Arizona(1987)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations And Awards

ActorPromised Land (2013)
ActorMoonrise Kingdom (2012)
ActorBurn After Reading (2008)
ActorFriends With Money (2006)
ActorAeon Flux (2005)
ActorNorth Country (2005)Actress in a Supporting RoleNominee
ActorLaurel Canyon (2003)
ActorCity By The Sea (2002)
ActorAlmost Famous (2000)Supporting ActressNominee
ActorWonder Boys (2000)
ActorMadeline (1998)
ActorTalk Of Angels (1998)
ActorRaising Arizona (1987)
ActorBlood Simple (1985)