Award-winning actress Frances McDormand is an American multi-talented star known for her outstanding roles in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Frances is considered one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a Tony Award, two primetime Emmy Awards and is considered one of the few recipients of the Triple Crowns of Acting.
Let’s take a look at her biography, early life, career, personal life, husband, and other interesting facts about the iconic actress.
Frances Mcdormand Biography
The highly talented actress was born on June 23, 1957, as Cynthia Ann Smith in Gibson City, Illinois, in the United States. When she was one and a half years old, she was adopted by a couple from Canada named Noreen E. and Vernon McDormand.
Noreen worked both as a nurse and as a receptionist, and her husband Vernon McDormand is a pastor at the Disciples of Christ Church. Because of their childless marriage, the couple decided to adopt Frances and her sister Dorothy. Dorothy is an ordained pastor in the Disciples of Christ Church, while Frances pursued an acting career.
While growing up, Frances attended Monessen High School and graduated in 1975. After graduating, she enrolled at Bethany College in West Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in drama in 1979. Frances also attended the Yale School of Drama, where she earned a master’s degree in fine arts.
Frances Mcdormand Career
After graduation, Frances McDormand moved to New York together with her friend Holly Hunter where she started her professional acting career. Holly introduced her to the Coen brothers Ethan Coen and Joe Coen with whom she got married later. Frances began working with the brothers when she first appeared in Derek Walcott’s play Trinidad and Tobago in 1982. She later made her first film appearance in 1984 when she appeared in a film called Blood Sample, which was shot and produced by the Coen brothers.
Since the beginning of her acting career, Frances McDormand has appeared in several films produced by the Coen brothers, including a comedy called Raising Arizona, in which she starred alongside Nicolas Cage. Frances McDormand gained fame when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1998 after her brilliant role in a civil rights drama entitled Mississippi Burning. Later that year, she was also nominated for a Tony Award for her role in a Broadway drama entitled Desire.
The versatile actress triumphed, however, when she won an Oscar for Best Actress for her 1996 role in Fargo. She has also starred in other films including Lone Star 1996, Paradise Road 1997, Talk of Angels 1998, Almost Famous and Wonder Boys 2000, North Country 2006, Burn After Reading 2008, Good People 2010, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2012, Every Secret Thing 2014, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017.
Awards and Nominations
In addition to her successful film career, Frances McDormand has received numerous awards for her outstanding and brilliant performances in several films. She has won the Screen Actors Guild Awards four times out of seven nominations, the Golden Globe Award twice, the Primetime Emmy Awards twice, an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Tony Awards.
For the record: Frances McDormand is one of the few actresses to have won the triple crown in acting – an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award.
Who Is She Dating?
The Hollywood star hasn’t gone out with anyone other than the person we know. She went out with Joe Coen, a professional film director whom she met in 1993 in New York during the casting for the Coen brothers’ debut film called Blood Simple. They shared a strong bond, suddenly fell in love, and eventually started dating.
Husband and Son
The couple was less than one year old before they finally married on April 1, 1984. Their wedding was witnessed by family and close friends. Their love has flourished for more than 33 years, which has made them one of the most enduring couples in Hollywood.
In 1994, the power couple adopted a son named Pedro McDormand Coen from Paraguay, and they have all lived happily ever since in their New York City residence. They also have a home in Western Marin County, California.
In addition, Pedro grew up and although he is surrounded by Hollywood stars, he has taken a different career path. He currently works as a personal trainer and a certified massage therapist.
Frances McDormand’s Net Worth
The ravishing actress gave brilliant performances since the beginning of her acting career which brought her so much wealth. For her outstanding achievements in movies, she received several awards.
After a successful career, her film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri 2017 won over $26 million, as did her other films Fargo – $60 million and Almost Famous $47 million. Frances McDormand has an estimated net worth of $16 million.
Quick Facts about Frances McDormand
- Birth name: Cynthia Ann Smith
- Date of birth: June 23, 1957
- Birth City: Gibson City, Illinois, United States
- Birth sign: Cancer
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
- Education: Guthrie Theatre
- Profession: Actress
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches (168 cm)
- Weight: 55 kg
- Body measurement: 34-26-32 inches
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Joel Coen (m. 1984)
- Children: 1 (Pedro McDormand Coen)
- Net Worth: $16 million