Before Frances McDormand began her acting career, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in theater from Bethany College and her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama where Holly Hunter was her roommate. She made her film debut two years later in the 1984 film, “Blood Simple”, the Coen brothers’ first feature film. That’s where she met her husband, Joel Coen, who continued to write and produce movies she’s starred in including “Raising Arizona”, “Fargo”, and more. Eventually, her performances earned her the “Triple Crown of Acting” for winning an Academy Award, Emmy, and Tony. She won an Oscar for “Fargo”, and Emmy for “Olive Kitteridge”, and a Tony for “Good People”.
Even though McDormand is an award-winning actor, she became the first celebrity mom to grace the cover of HIGH TIMES magazine in May 2003. She appeared on the cover wearing a marijuana shirt and smoking a joint, admitting that she started smoking marijuana at 17 years old as a freshman in college. Now, she smokes in moderation, “I’m a recreational pot smoker. Because it’s not a constant in my life, I don’t say it should be made legal so it’s more available.” She’s also an advocate for medical marijuana, “There has never been enough of a distinction between marijuana and other drugs. In the classic, weird hygiene movies from high school everything led to depravity—marijuana, sex, coffee! There was no distinction made between the effects of one thing. So it’s always been lumped in with drugs in general.”