Frances Louise McDormand is an American film, stage, and television actress, known for her Academy Award-winning role of Marge Gunderson in “Fargo”. Her film debut was in Joel and Ethan Coen’s first film, 1985’s “Blood Simple”. In 1988, she played Stella Kowalski in a stage production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group.
In 1988, McDormand was nominated for a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Mississippi Burning”; in 2000, she earned her second nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Almost Famous”. In the movie “Wonder Boys”, she won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She recently received an Independent Spirit Award for her role in “Friends with Money”. She also voiced the role of the lady principal Melanie Upfoot in the Simpsons episode Girls Just Want to Have Sums, which aired on April 30, 2006.