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Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers film Fargo. Other films include Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money (Spirit Award nomination); Niki Caro's North Country (Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations); Lisa Cholodenko's critically acclaimed Laurel Canyon; Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give; Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Academy Award nominations, and several critics' awards); Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys; Michael Caton-Jones' City by the Sea, opposite Robert De Niro; Daisy Von Scherler Mayer's Madeline; Gregory Hoblit's Primal Fear; John Sayles' Lone Star; Alan Taylor's Palookaville; Mick Jackson's Chattahoochee, with Gary Oldman; Sam Raimi's Darkman, opposite Liam Neeson; Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda; Robert Altman's Short Cuts (Venice International Film Festival award for Best Ensemble and a Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast); John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon; Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; and Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning (Academy Award nomination).
With the Coen Brothers, she has made four other films; Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, and the upcoming Focus Features release Burn After Reading, with George Clooney, Richard Jenkins, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, and Tilda Swinton.
Ms. McDormand has starred in the television films The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones; Talking With… , directed by Kathy Bates; Crazy in Love, directed by Martha Coolidge; and Hidden in America (Emmy Award nomination), opposite Jeff Bridges and directed by Martin Bell.
She studied at the Yale School of Drama. Her stage successes include Caryl Churchill's Far Away, directed by Stephen Daldry, at the New York Theatre Workshop; her Tony Award-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; The Sisters Rosenzweig, at Lincoln Center; The Swan, at the Public Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as Blanche), at the Gate Theater in Dublin; and Dare Clubb's Oedipus, at the Blue Light Theater Company, opposite Billy Crudup. Recently, she spent two years with The Wooster Group workshopping and then performing To You, The Birdie!
She will return to the Broadway stage this spring in Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols and starring opposite Morgan Freeman.