Frances McDormand was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is best known for her roles in the films Invictus, omnia, and Bruce Almighty. In the television series Angelina Jolie: So You Think You Can Dance, she played the character of adulterous Queen Elizabeth I. In 2021, Frances McDormand was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Frances was married to Richard III, the thirty-two-year-old king of England. She was also a lover of William Shakespeare. She is credited with coining the phrase “The bull is out on my bride”, in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. At the age of twenty-three, Frances was diagnosed with breast cancer, which became a symbol for women’s health and breast cancer awareness during the golden age of the suffragette movement.
Frances’ honors and accomplishments are extensive. She is second only to Walt Disney in terms of number of Academy Awards wins, having received four. Her honors also include an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, as well as additional nominations for the best supporting actress category for Bruce Almighty, Eat Pray Love, Man on the Moon, and Edward Scissorhands. Her other credits include Love Actually, What Happens in Vegas, and Edward Scissorhands. Frances has also been nominated several times for Golden Globe Awards for her work in these and other movies.
A Frances McDormand biographer will find that the film and stage careers that the actress enjoyed are quite varied, even when comparing her to the illustrious Meryl Streep. For instance, McDormand never won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, nor did she ever receive an honors degree from Harvard. However, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role for A History of Women in Battle, and later for her work on the stage play An Occasion at the Chateau de Versailles. Additionally, she was also nominated for the same categories for Outstanding Comedy Series, Romance, and Original Score.
For those who enjoy romantic comedies, it would not be too surprising to learn that Frances McDormand was once married to Frank Capra, or that she worked with him on such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Man Who Played Goats, or On the Waterfront. Frances would certainly have been familiar with such names as Joan Collins, Carol Burnett, Marilu Henner, and Amy Grant. Another interesting bit of trivia: Her first name, Frances, was actually a common first name for a member of the Capra clan, Frances de Assenza, and her middle name, Mississippi, was a common name for members of the same clan, too, such as Frances herself.
One more great bit of trivia: Frances was married twice, first to Richard Berry, of St. Lucia, and then to John Murray Anderson, of St. Louis. She met both of her husbands while filming A CHANGED MAN, with her second husband playing a character loosely based on one of her own family members, Miss Frances. As it turns out, neither of them liked the roles that they were being asked to play. It was this experience that might have inspired Frances on her long and legendary career as a writer, director, and performer alike.