SHE is the clear favourite to win Best Actress at the Oscars in March, but Frances McDormand makes no attempt to hide her dislike of Hollywood glamour.
The 60-year-old self-confessed “white trash” mum spurns cosmetic surgery, hates high heels and is a self-proclaimed feminist who rarely gives interviews — or even autographs.
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But the truth is that Frances, star of darkly comic film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is not opposed to ramping up her feminine charms when pitching for a part.
She has told of taking a pair of prosthetic BREASTS with her to auditions in case directors would prefer someone with a “well-rounded” figure.
And she has even worn them in three of her films, including the brilliant Fargo, for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar in 1997.
She said: “I first started using them like a prop, for Raising Arizona, because the character had five kids and I’m naturally flat-chested.
Handout She is the star of star of darkly comic film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
“The costumier decided she should be pretty big.
“Because of that I started getting scripts that would say ‘full-breasted’ or ‘large-breasted’. I didn’t want to wear them to auditions, but I always thought the best way to show them what you could do is to go as yourself and transform in the room.
“The best vindication of that was in a movie I did called Chattahoochee, because there’s a very specific scene where Gary Oldman’s character is having a nightmare of his wife’s breasts smothering him when they’re having sex.
“So I said to the director, ‘I don’t have them, but I brought them. So you can get somebody else’s breasts, but I can wear these’.
Moviepix – Getty She starred in the brilliant Fargo, for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar in 1997
“And I got the role. I couldn’t really smother him with mine.”
Frances was born Cynthia Ann Smith, to a poverty-stricken, single mum — who she herself has called “white trash” — and was put up for adoption at 18 months.
Presbyterian preacher Vernon McDormand and his wife Noreen took her in and renamed her Frances, the third of their three adopted children.
At a recent benefit event for her local radio station, she introduced herself this way: “Hello. My name is Frances Louise McDormand, formerly known as Cynthia Ann Smith.
Official Trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
“I was born in Gibson City, Illinois, in 1957. I identify as gender- normative, heterosexual and white-trash American.”
She added: “My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash.”
The McDormand family moved around before settling in Monessen, a small town in the rust-belt of Pennsylvania, so called because of the declining industry.
In school, Frances developed a passion for acting and she went on to study theatre at college.
Although she enjoyed a “great childhood”, once she had left home she started to rebel.
In 2003 she appeared on the front of the stoner magazine High Times holding a spliff
She admits having dabbled with drugs including hallucinogens LSD and magic mushrooms.
She said: “I had a list — virginity? Check it off, and get rid of it as quickly as possible. Every drug that didn’t involve a needle, I wanted to try it.”
Her fascination with cannabis has endured, and in 2003 she appeared on the front of the stoner magazine High Times holding a spliff.
During her studies she became pals with Holly Hunter and they were later flatmates in New York.
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