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FRANCES MCDORMAND (Sara Gaskell) won an Academy Award for her portrayal of police detective Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers film "Fargo." She was also Oscar-nominated in 1988 for her supporting performance in "Mississippi Burning."

Filmgoers most recently saw her in the role of Miss Clavell in "Madeline." Other projects include such diverse films as "Primal Fear," "Lone Star," "Palookaville," "Chattahoochee," "Darkman," "Hidden Agenda," "Passed Away," "Blood Simple," "Raising Arizona," "Short Cuts," "Beyond Rangoon" and "Paradise Road."

She has also starred in the television movies "Crazy in Love," "The Good Ole Boys," "Talking With…" and "Hidden in America." McDormand studied at the Yale School of Drama. Her Broadway stage successes include her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire." She also starred in "The Sisters Rosenzweig" at Lincoln Center and "The Swan" for the Public Theater. More recently she starred as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Dublin at the Gate Theatre and then in Dare Clubb's "Oedipus" at the Blue Light Theater Company in New York City opposite Billy Crudup.

McDormand will next be seen starring opposite Crudup in Cameron Crowe's upcoming untitled film from Dreamworks in April 2000.


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