Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress. She married director and writer Joel Coen in 1984 and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There and Burn After Reading. In 1997, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the Coen brothers' film Fargo. In 2011, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the original Broadway production of Good People.
McDormand made her Broadway debut in the 1984 revival of the play Awake and Sing, and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway for the first time in 20 years to star in the 2008 revival of The Country Girl, receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. Her work in the films Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous and North Country, earned her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominations. Her other films include Short Cuts, Primal Fear, Wonder Boys and Something's Gotta Give. In 2014, she starred in the title role of the miniseries Olive Kitteridge.