Frances McDormand

Born on June 23, 1957, Frances McDormand is an American actress who has two Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, which makes her one of the few performers to achieve the so-called “Triple Crown of Acting.” For more information, read the article below.

Frances McDormand

Before Fame: Her first professional acting job was in Derek Walcott’s play In a Fine Castle also known as The Last Carnival.

Family/ Relationships

Frances McDormand Parents/Ethnicity/Religion

Born as Cynthia Ann Smith, she was adopted at one and a half years old age by Noreen (Nickelson) and Vernon McDormand.

Frances McDormand Affair/Dating/Married

McDormand has been married to director Joel Coen since 1984, and the two adopted a son from Paraguay, Pedro McDormand Coen, in 1995. 

Profile / Wiki / Information

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith)
  • Nicknames: Frances
  • Birthday: June 23, 1957
  • Age: 60 years old
  • Birthplace: Gibson City, Illinois
  • Current Residence: New York City
  • Education: Guthrie Theater
  • Profession: Actress
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity/Race: White
  • Religion:  Christian
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Spouse/Wife:  Joel Coen (m. 1994)
  • Children: 1
  • Net Worth: Not Available


  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Weight: Not Available
  • Feet Size: Not Available
  • Dress Size: Not Available
  • Shoe Size: Not Available
  • Chest Size: Not Available

Trivia/ Facts that you probably didn’t know

  • She once lived in an apartment with Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel and Holly Hunter.
  • She was the third and youngest child adopted by her minister father, Vernon McDormand, and his wife, Noreen.
  • Her Oscar-winning role, as Marge Gunderson in the film Fargo (1996), was ranked #33 in the American Film Institute’s Heroes list in their 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains. 

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Memorable Quotes:

I’m a character actress, plain and simple…Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don’t work, and then they work again.