Saturday, December 16, 2017

Actor Frances McDormand

The other day we went to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and I was once again mesmerized by the lead player, Frances McDormand. Which of course got me thinking of all the movies with her I have seen—and wondering about the ones I haven't. So here's a  (very partial—chosen basically on star ratings on iMDB) list, for my future reference:

Debut: Abby in Blood Simple (1984)
Dot in Raising Arizona (1987)
Mrs. Pell in Mississippi Burning (1988)
Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996)
Dr. Molly Arrington in Primal Fear (1996)
Bunny in Lone Star (1996)
Dean Sara Gaskell in Wonder Boys (2000)
Elaine Miller in Almost Famous (2000)
Doris Crane in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Glory in North Country (2005)
Miss Pettigrew in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Linda Litzke in Burn After Reading (2008)
Mrs. Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge (TV miniseries) (2014)
Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

And she's up and coming as a voice in Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which see a recent blog post for a trailer.

Frances McDormand is married to Joel Coen (since 1984: I love the long marriages of celebrities, I really do), which partially explains Blood Simple, Arizona, and Fargo. Maybe.


  1. If you've ready Olive Kitteridge, I think you'd like the miniseries, featuring Frances as Olive. It's good. She's good, of course.