Frances McDormand Age, Biography, Husband, Children, Family, Facts & More

Frances McDormand

Real NameCynthia Ann Smith
ProfessionAmerican Actress
Famous RoleMarge Gunderson in Fargo (1996)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorBlond
Personal Life
Date of BirthJune 23, 1957
Age (as in 2017)60 Years
Birth PlaceGibson City, Illinois, U.S.
Zodiac sign/Sun signCancer
Signature/AutographFrances McDormand Signature
HometownNew York City, New York, United States
SchoolMonessen High School, Pennsylvania, United States
College/UniversityBethany College, West Virginia, United States
Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Educational Qualification(s)High School from Monessen High School in 1975
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Bethany College in 1979
A Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama
DebutFilm: Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
TV: Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
Hill Street Blues
ReligionNot Known
Ethnicity/RaceWhite American
AddressAn apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, United States
HobbiesHiking, Walking, Doing Workouts, Listening to Music, Cooking
Likes & DislikesLikes- Watches, Utilitarian Clothes
Dislikes- Giving Autographs, Being Clicked
Major Awards/Honours/Achievements 1993: Honored with the Golden Globe Awards in the category of Ensemble Cast for Short Cuts
1997: Academy Awards for Best Actress for Fargo
2000: Boston Society of Film Critics Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for both- Almost Famous and Wonder Boys
2011: Tony Award in the category of Best Actress in a Play for Good People
2015: Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for Olive Kitteridge
2018: Academy Awards for Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsJoel Coen
Marriage DateYear, 1984
Husband/SpouseJoel Coen (Film Director)
Frances McDormand With Her Husband Joel Coen
ChildrenSon-- Pedro, a certified massage therapist and private trainer
Frances McDormand With Her Son And Husband
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Vernon W. McDormand (foster), a Disciples of Christ pastor- died in 2011
Mother- Noreen E. (Nickleson) (foster), a registered nurse and receptionist
SiblingsBrother- Kenneth Henry McDormand (foster)- died in 2014
Sister- Dorothy Ann McDormand (foster)
Favorite Things
Favorite Food(s)Angel food cake with orange-juice icing, English tea, Cookie, Pork Chop
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$16 million

Frances McDormand

Some Lesser Known Facts About Frances McDormand

  • Does Frances McDormand smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Frances McDormand drink alcohol?: Yes Frances McDormand Drinking
  • When she was 1-year-old, she was adopted by a pastor Vernon W. McDormand and his wife Noreen.
  • Her adoptive parents were from Canada.
  • As part of the religious calling, her family would move throughout the United States.
  • Frances’s biological mother might have been a parishioner in the McDormands’ parish.
  • Owing to her parents’ religious calling, Frances’ youth was spent in a succession of small Bible-Belt towns.
  • She has nine cats in her family.
  • Talking about her biological mother, Frances once said she was raised white trash. She said, “My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash.”
  • Frances McDormand’s marriage with Joel Coen is considered one of Hollywood’s most successful marriages.
  • Her husband Joel Coen, with his brother, makes up the famous Coen Brothers directing duo.
  • She met Joel Coen in 1983 when she auditioned for the Coen brothers’ debut feature Blood Simple. Frances McDormand in Blood Simple
  • Coen Brothers cast her in many of their movies, most famously in their midwestern crime caper, Fargo. She also won an Academy Award for the portrayal of a pregnant police chief Marge in the film. Frances McDormand in Fargo
  • In 1995, Frances McDormand and Joel Coen adopted their son, Pedro from Paraguay. Pedro was 6-month-old at the time.
  • At one point, Frances McDormand was considering writing a book on adoption.
  • Once she admitted that her iconic portrayal of Marge in Fargo was loosely based on her sister, Dorothy.
  • In 2011, her father, Vernon McDormand died at the age of 88.
  • In 2014, her brother, Kenneth McDormand, died at the age of 70.
  • In 2018, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the second time, this time for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.