Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress and producer. She has won numerous accolades, including four Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, one of the few performers to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting." One of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of quirky, headstrong female characters.
McDormand was educated at Bethany College and Yale University. She has starred in a number of films by the Coen brothers, including Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Fargo (1996), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Burn After Reading (2008), and Hail, Caesar! (2016).
For playing Marge Gunderson in Fargo, she won the Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. Her other film roles include Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), and North Country (2005), all earning her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2017, she starred in the crime-drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won her a second Oscar, in addition to the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
In 2020, she starred in the acclaimed independent drama film Nomadland, winning a third Academy Award for Best Actress and, as a co-producer, the Best Picture category. Her Best Actress win for Nomadland made her the fourth actress to win three Academy Awards for acting, after Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, and Meryl Streep. With her win in the Best Picture category as well, she is the first woman and only the fifth person overall to take home Oscars for acting and producing, and the first person to do so on the same night.
McDormand made her Broadway debut in a 1984 revival of the drama Awake and Sing!, and received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her acclaimed performance as Stella Kowalski in a 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway in 2008 with a revival of The Country Girl, leading to a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play. In 2011, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing a troubled single mother in Good People (2011).
On television, McDormand played the titular protagonist in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), which won her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, in addition to Outstanding Limited Series as an executive producer. In 2019, McDormand played God in "Good Omens."
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