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FRANCES MCDORMAND (INTERPRETER NELSON) received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. On Broadway, she received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Other stage appearances include The Country Girl directed Mike Nichols on Broadway, Caryl Churchill's Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as 'Stella' in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sisters Rosenzweig directed by Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theatre, 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. With The Wooster Group, she performed in To You, The Birdie!, North Atlantic and Early Shaker Spirituals. She recently appeared in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Macbeth and collaborated and performed at national museums with the conceptual artist Suzanne Bocanegra on a performance piece, Bodycast.

McDormand recently won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mildred Hayes in Martin McDonagh's critically acclaimed THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. The film has garnered 6 Golden Globe nominations, receiving 4 awards including Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture and Best Drama Motion Picture; 4 Screen Actors Guild nominations, receiving 3 awards including Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; and received 7 Oscar nominations. Other films include MOONRISE KINGDOM, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, PROMISED LAND, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED, TRANSFORMERS-DARK OF THE MOON, MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY, FRIENDS WITH MONEY, LAUREL CANYON, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, WONDER BOYS, CITY BY THE SEA, MADELINE, PRIMAL FEAR, LONE STAR, PALOOKAVILLE, CHATTAHOOCHEE, DARKMAN, HIDDEN AGENDA, SHORT CUTS, BEYOND RANGOON, PARADISE ROAD, HIDDEN AGENDA, and DARKMAN. She has been nominated for the Academy Award for her work in MISSISSIPPI BURNING, ALMOST FAMOUS, and NORTH COUNTRY, while receiving the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her iconic portrayal of "Marge Gundersen" in Joel and Ethan Coen's FARGO. She has appeared in five additional collaborations with the Coens: HAIL, CAESAR!, BURN AFTER READING, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, RAISING ARIZONA, and BLOOD SIMPLE.

With her company Hear/Say, Frances produced "Every Secret Thing" and "Olive Kitteridge," the latter of which was nominated for 13 Emmys- receiving 8 of the awards including 2 for herself as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series and for Outstanding Limited Series (as an Executive Producer), as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series. She is currently developing screen adaptations of Michael Pollan's OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA and Conrad Richter's AWAKENING LAND.

She last appeared in a reading of Voices of a People's History of the United States in Pittsburgh focused on labor history. She is a proud board member, and active participant with The 52nd St. Project in New York City's Hell's Kitchen.

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