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8 sets of famous college roommates

By: Matt Hickman on Nov. 15, 2013, 10 a.m.
Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, college roommates

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Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand

Here’s an instance of two accomplished actresses with six Oscar nominations and two Best Actress wins shared between them. Holly Hunter (left) and Frances McDormand were randomly placed together as roommates at the Yale School of Drama and got along so swimmingly that they lived together for a spell in New York City after graduating. After that, they also shared a home in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles with “Evil Dead” and “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi and the filmmaking machine known as the Coen Brothers (McDormand has been married to Joel Coen since 1984). Oh, and those Best Actress wins: Hunter got hers for "The Piano," and McDormand for "Fargo."

In addition to living together during their Yale years and beyond, Hunter and McDormand have acted together in several films including “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona,” both early works from Joel and Ethan Coen.