Frances Louise McDormand
Born: Jun 27, 1957 AD
Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
1957 - Born in Chicago, Illinois on the 23rd of June.
1975 - She graduated from high school.
She attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and earned a B.A. in Theater in 1979.
1982 - She earned an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama.
1984 - She 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 during the same year.
1988 - 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.
1996 - Won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of sheriff Marge Gunderson in Fargo, yet another Coen brothers film.
2000 - She could be seen playing the well-meaning, yet unarguably over-protective mother in Cameron Crowe's hugely successful coming of age drama Almost Famous, and achieved similar success playing another adulterous wife in Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys.
2001 - McDormand could be seen playing a camped out version of film noir's dames of old in Joel Coen's The Man Who Wasn't There, though her subsequent roles in 2002's Laurel Canyon and City By the Sea did not achieve the popular or critical success typical of her past endeavors.
2003 - Played a supporting role alongside Diane Keaton in Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
2006 - Received her third Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance in 2005's North Country, although she lost to Rachel Weisz. She also had a role in the film Friends with Money, a dark comedy co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack, and directed by Nicole Holofcener. She recently received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role in Friends with Money.
- She also voiced the role of the lady principal Melanie Upfoot in the Simpsons episode Girls Just Want to Have Sums, which aired on the 30th of April.
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