FRANCES McDORMAND (Sue Thomason)
Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a wide variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the Coen Brothers' acclaimed FARGO. With the Coen Brothers, she has made four other films: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Burn After Reading, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In addition to winning her Oscar as Best Actress, Ms. McDormand has been the recipient of three additional Academy Award nominations; these were for her performances in Alan Parker's MISSISSIPPI BURNING, Cameron Crowe's ALMOST FAMOUS, and Niki Caro's NORTH COUNTRY.
Other films include Bharat Nalluri's MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY; Nicole Holofcener's FRIENDS WITH MONEY (Spirit Award for Supporting Actress); Lisa Cholodenko's LAUREL CANYON; Nancy Meyers' SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE; John Boorman's BEYOND RANGOOD; Bruce Beresford's PARADISE ROAD; Daisy von Scherler Mayer's MADELINE; Gregory Hoblit's PRIMAL FEAR; John Sayles' LONE STAR; Alan Taylor's PALOOKAVILLE; Curtis Hanson's WONDER BOYS, opposite Michael Douglas; Michael Caton-Jones' CITY BY THE SEA, opposite Robert De Niro; Mick Jackson's CHATTAHOOCHEE, opposite Gary Oldman; Sam Raimi's DARKMAN, opposite Liam Neeson; Ken Loach's HIDDEN AGENDA, opposite Brian Cox; and Robert Altman's SHORT CUTS (Venice International Film Festival Award and special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast). Most recently, she was seen in Michael Bay's blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON; Paolo Sorrentino's THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, opposite Sean Penn; the animated MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED, directed by Eric Darnell, voicing the role of villainess Captain Chantel DuBois; and Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM.
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 by Mike Nichols on Broadway opposite Morgan Freeman; Caryl Churchill's FAR AWAY, directed by Stephen Daldry at NY Theatre Workshop; her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE; Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, 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 Theatre in Dublin; and Dare Clubb's OEDIPUS at the Blue Light Theater Company, opposite Billy Crudup. With The Wooster Group, she has performed in TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! and NORTH ATLANTIC.