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FRANCES McDORMAND (The Handler) has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a variety of films, including her Academy Award®-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the acclaimed Coen Brothers' film, "Fargo.” Other films include Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous” (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Academy Award®, and for which she won several Critics Awards), Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys,” Michael Caton-Jones' "City By the Sea,” opposite Robert De Niro, "Madeline,” "Primal Fear,” John Sayles' "Lone Star,” Sam Raimi's "Darkman,” Ken Loach's "Hidden Agenda,” Robert Altman's "Short Cuts,” John Boorman's "Beyond Rangoon,” Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road,” and Alan Parker's "Mississippi Burning” (Oscar® nomination).

With the Coen Brothers, McDormand has made three additional films: "Blood Simple,” "Raising Arizona,” and "The Man Who Wasn't There.” In 2002, she starred in the critically acclaimed "Laurel Canyon” and the holiday blockbuster "Something's Gotta Give,” opposite Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves.

She has also starred in the television movies "Crazy in Love,” directed by Martha Coolidge, "The Good Old Boys,” directed by Tommy Lee Jones, "Talking With...,” directed by Kathy Bates, and "Hidden in America,” opposite Jeff Bridges (for which she received an Emmy nomination).

McDormand studied at the Yale School of Drama. Stage successes include her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire,” "The Sisters Rosenzweig” at Lincoln Center, "The Swan” at The Public Theatre, "A Streetcar Named Desire” (this time as Blanche) at the Gate Theater in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's "Oedipus” at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup. She spent two years with The Wooster Group workshopping and then performing "To You, The Birdy!” In 2004, she starred in Caryl Churchill's "Far Away,” directed by Stephen Daldry at the New York Theatre Workshop.

McDormand currently co-stars in "North Country,” again opposite Charlize Theron. Other upcoming films include Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money” with Jennifer Aniston.


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