Frances ‘Louise’ McDormand, also known as Cynthia Ann Smith, is an American actress as well as producer. She is known for award-winning performances in several movies. She is also famous for her roles in Blood Simple (1984) as Abby, Raising Arizona (1987) as Dot, Fargo (1996) as Marge Gunderson, The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) as Doris Crane, Burn After Reading (2008) as Linda Litzke, Hail, Caesar! (2016) as C.C. Calhoun, Almost Famous (2000) as Elaine Miller, and North Country (2005) as Glory Dodge.

Quick Info
Full NameFrances Louise McDormand
Date of BirthJune 23, 1957
Birth PlaceGibson City, Illinois, U.S.
Parent(s)Vernon McDormand and Noreen Nickelson
OccupationActress, Producer
Age63 years
Height5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Joel Coen (m. 1984)
Children1 (Pedro McDormand Coen)
Net worthUS $30 million

Early Life and Bio

Frances was born on the 23rd of July, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois, United States of America (USA). She was adopted by Vernon McDormand and Noreen Nickelson when she was about one and a half years old. Her adoptive father was a pastor and her adoptive mother worked as a nurse and receptionist. She grew up with an adoptive sister named Dorothy ‘Dot’ McDormand and an adoptive brother named Kenneth McDormand. Both of them were adopted by the McDormand because they didn’t have any biological children. 

Frances McDormand

Nationality and Physical Stats

Frances McDormand is currently 63 years old. She has an average built of height 5 feet 5 inches or 1.65 m and weight 67 kg or 147.5 lbs. She has black hair but she often dyes it Blonde. Similarly, the color of her eyes is blue. 

Frances’s nationality is American and her ethnicity is white. The size of her chest is 34 inches, waist is 27 inches and her hips is 32 inches. She wears dresses of size 5 (US). 

Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

Education: Schooling

Frances McDormand attended Monessen High School. She graduated from high school in 1975. After completing high school, she enrolled at Bethany College to do her Bachelor’s program. In 1979, she graduated from her college by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre.  

After graduating from Bethany College, she attended the Yale School of Drama and graduated earning a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. She completed her Masters’s in 1982.



Frances McDormand made her movie debut in 1984’s Blood Simple as Abby. Some of her amazing movies are Raising Arizona (1987) as Dot, Fargo (1996) as Marge Gunderson, The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) as Doris Crane, Burn After Reading (2008) as Linda Litzke, Hail, Caesar! (2016) as C.C. Calhoun, Almost Famous (2000) as Elaine Miller, North Country (2005) as Glory Dodge, Hidden Agenda (1990) as Ingrid Jessner, Darkman (1990) as Julie Hastings,

The Butcher’s Wife (1991) as Grace, Passed Away (1992) as Nora Scanlan, Primal Fear (1996) as Dr. Molly Arrington, Lone Star (1996) as Bunny, Madeline (1998) as Miss Clara Clavel, Wonder Boys (2000) as Dean Sara Gaskell, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) as Charlotte Mearing, Promised Land (2012) as Sue Thomason, The Good Dinosaur (2015) as the voice of Momma, Isle of Dogs (2018) as Interpreter Nelson, Nomadland (2020) as Fern, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) as Captain Chantal Dubois, Mississippi Burning (1988) as Mrs. Pell and many more. 

Frances McDormand


In this 1996 black comedy crime thriller, Frances McDormand has brilliantly portrayed the character of Marge Gunderson. The movie was directed by Joel Coen and starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, and Peter Stormare. The movie grossed $60.6 million. Though the movie didn’t earn much, she was nominated for Academy Awards for her performance in the movie. The movie was rated 8.1 by IMDb.

Television Shows

Frances McDormand first appeared in television in 1985’s Hunter as Nina Sloan. Some of her popular TV shows are Spenser: For Hire (1986) as Mary, The Twilight Zone (1986) as Amanda Strickland, Leg Work (1987) as Willie Pipal, The Good Old Boys (1995) as Eve Calloway, Hidden in America (1996) as Gus, The Simpsons (2006) as the voice of Melanie Upfoot and many more.

Awards and Achievements

Frances McDormand has been nominated for her performances in various movies 203 times and has won 67 of those nominations. She has won various prestigious awards like Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tony Awards, American Comedy Awards, Gotham Awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, and many more.

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Personal Life: Husband

There are no records of her past relationships. Frances McDormand is currently married to a filmmaker named Joel Coen. She met and got into a relationship with Joel in 1983. The lovely couple tied their knot on the 1st of April, 1984. The pair adopted a 6-month-old baby boy named Pedro McDormand Coen. They adopted the boy from Paraguay in the year 1995.

What is Frances McDormand’s Net Worth?

Frances McDormand has been working in the entertainment industry since 1982 to till date. She has earned quite a decent amount of money. She has a net worth of $30 million.

Social Media Presence

Frances McDormand likes to keep her personal life private and that is why, she isn’t active on any social media platform like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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