On a scale of badassery, there is mild to moderate badassness on one end, and Frances McDormand on the other. After her second Best Actress Oscar win in 2018 for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand proves that time and again, whether onscreen or off, she is a force with which to be reckoned. Her film career has spanned dark comedies like Fargo and Wonder Boys, slapstick farces like The Hudsucker Proxy and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and serious dramas like North Country and Mississippi Burning. She's been influential off the screen as well, speaking up on topics like gender equality, inclusion, and diversity. And if after all this you still doubt McDormand's power, she is also the inspiration for countless memes and GIFs.
Frances McDormand was born in Gibson City, Illinois, on June 23, 1957. She was raised throughout the Midwest and southern states before her family settled in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Bethany College with a bachelor's degree in theater, she received her master's from the Yale School of Drama. Since 1982, she has maintained a busy career on stage, screen, and television.
But these facts just scratch the surface of this fascinating actress. Read on to discover some things you didn't know about Frances McDormand.
She Doesn't Know Her Birth Parents
She Comes From A Religious Family
She's Married To Joel Coen
She Based Her 'Fargo' Character On Her SisterPhoto: Fargo/MGM
She And Her Husband Adopted Their Son From Paraguay
She Hates Awards Shows