Frances McDormand

Biography: Frances Louise McDormand is not your typical Hollywood actress. The roles that she has chosen have been unusual and quirky. McDormand's most famous character portrayal to date is Marge, the small town of Fargo's pregnant police chief. In a word, brilliant.
McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Noreen and Vernon McDormand. Her father was a Disciples of Christ pastor, and her mother worked as a registered nurse and receptionist. The McDormands also adopted three other children. Frances is the youngest. The family moved around quite a bit due to the nature of Vernon McDormand's work. They lived in several states such as, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The McDormands finally settled down in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb, Monessen. Frances attended high school there and graduated in 1975. She went on to earn her BA in Theatre from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982. She began her career on stage
shortly after graduation. She has continued her relationship with theatre throughout her career. Expand

Frances McDormand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 63
Highest Metascore: 90 Almost Famous
Lowest Metascore: 36 Æon Flux
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
24 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Good Dinosaur Nov 25, 2015 Momma tbd
55 Promised Land Dec 28, 2012 Sue Thomason / Sue Thomason 5.9
61 This Must Be the Place Nov 2, 2012 Jane / Jane 7.1
60 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Cast / Captain Chantel DuBois 6.6
84 Moonrise Kingdom May 25, 2012 Cast / Laura Bishop 7.9
42 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Jun 29, 2011 Marissa Faireborn / Mearing 5.7
63 Burn After Reading Sep 12, 2008 Linda Litzke 6.5
63 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Mar 7, 2008 Miss Guinivere Pettigrew 7.1
68 Friends with Money Apr 7, 2006 Jane 5.5
36 Æon Flux Dec 2, 2005 Handler 5.7
68 North Country Oct 14, 2005 Glory 7.5
66 Something's Gotta Give Dec 12, 2003 Zoe 6.7
61 Laurel Canyon Mar 7, 2003 Jane 6.3
50 City by the Sea Sep 6, 2002 Michelle 6.4
73 The Man Who Wasn't There Oct 31, 2001 Doris Crane 8.4
74 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Jan 19, 2001 Voices tbd
90 Almost Famous Sep 13, 2000 Elaine Miller 8.5
81 Blood Simple. Jul 7, 2000 Abby 8.6
73 Wonder Boys Feb 25, 2000 Dean Sara Gaskell 8.0
48 Paradise Road Apr 11, 1997 Dr. Verstak 6.9
47 Primal Fear Apr 3, 1996 Molly 7.7
85 Fargo Mar 8, 1996 Marge Gunderson 8.2
65 Darkman Aug 24, 1990 Julie Hastings 7.7
65 Mississippi Burning Jan 27, 1989 Mrs. Pell 8.0
55 Raising Arizona Mar 13, 1987 Dot 8.2