Jessica Lange

Actor, Producer, Model
In a career spanning more than 30 years and multiple Oscar and Golden Globe wins, Jessica Lange proved worthy of her status as one of the most respected American actresses of her generation. Regarded as a bit of a joke ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

American Horror Story 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Wild Oats 2015 (Movie)

Ethel Trout (Actor)

In Secret 2014 (Movie)

Madame Raquin (Actor)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

Roberta (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Vow 2012 (Movie)

Rita Thornton (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Arvilla Holden (Actor)

Sybil 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

Katherine Pierson (Actor)

Prozac Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Sandy Bloom (senior) (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

Nina Veronica (Actor)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Frances Farmer: Paradise Lost 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 1999 (Movie)

Tamora (Actor)

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Cousin Bette 1998 (Movie)

Bette Fisher (Actor)

Hush 1998 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

Ginny Cook Smith (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Margaret Lewin (Actor)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Sky 1994 (Movie)

Carly Marshall (Actor)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

Helen Nasseros (Actor)

O Pioneers! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Leigh Bowden (Actor)

Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

Beth Macauley (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Music Box 1989 (Movie)

Ann Talbot (Actor)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

Babs Rogers Grey (Actor)

Far North 1988 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

Meg Magrath (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

Patsy Cline (Actor)

Country 1984 (Movie)

Jewell Ivy (Actor)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

Frances Farmer (Actor)

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

Cora Papadakis (Actor)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Louise Travis (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Angelique (Actor)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

Dwan (Actor)

Grey Gardens (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

In a career spanning more than 30 years and multiple Oscar and Golden Globe wins, Jessica Lange proved worthy of her status as one of the most respected American actresses of her generation. Regarded as a bit of a joke at first, following her lightweight performance in the comically bad remake of "King Kong" (1976), Lange went on to surprise her critics with the depth of her resources throughout the following decade as an A-list actress. Showcasing a docile loveliness in the comedy "Tootsie" (1982) and a fierce determination in Costa-Gavras' "Music Box" (1989), Lange was frequently entrusted with portrayals of iconic American women, including hardscrabble heartland matriarchs, wilting Southern belles, and real life women of complexity - most notably with her acclaimed portrayals of troubled 1930s actress Frances Farmer in "Frances" (1982) and brassy country singer Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams" (1985). In addition to her engaging onscreen appeal and luminous beauty, Lange wisely architected her own career without compromise, splitting her time between stage and screen. She would later transition to worthy independent dramas like Jane Anderson's "Normal" (2003) and HBO's "Grey Gardens" (2009) when film offers for over-50 female leads all but vanished, even for actresses with Lange's legacy of accomplishments.

Relationships

Mikhail Baryshnikov Actor

Companion
Introduced in 1976 by Milos Forman at a party thrown by Buck Henry Began dating in 1976 Broke up in 1982

Alexandra Baryshnikov

Daughter
Born in 1981; father, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Bob Fosse Actor

Companion
Had on-again-off-again relationship beginning in 1975 Lange played the Angel of Death in Fosse's semi-autobiographical film "All That Jazz" (1979) No longer together

Francisco Grande

Husband
Born c. 1942 Met c. 1968 while she was a student at University of Minnesota and his father taught at the university Married on July 29, 1970 Began losing his sight from retinitis pigmentosa in the early 1970s Divorced in 1981; Lange paid him alimony after divorce

Albert Lange

Father
Born c. 1911 Died c. 1988

Dorothy Lange

Mother
Born c. 1913 Suffered a cerebral hemorrhage c. 1968

Sam Shepard Actor

Companion
Began relationship while filming "Frances" (1982) Had two children together Couple split in 2009, but it was not reported until December 2011

Hannah Shepard

Daughter
Born c. 1985; father, Sam Shepard

Samuel Shepard

Son
Born June 14, 1987; father, Sam Shepard

EDUCATION

Cloquet High School

Cloquet , Minnesota 1967

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis , Minnesota 1967
Left after her first quarter

Studied mime under Etienne Decroux for two years in Paris c. 1970-72

Milestones

2012

Featured opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in romantic drama "The Vow"

2012

Cast in lead role as Sister Mary Jude on "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX)

2011

Co-starred with Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton on FX thriller "American Horror Story"

2009

Portrayed Edith Ewing Bouvier 'Big Edie,' opposite Drew Barrymore as 'Little Edie,' in HBO "Grey Gardens"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a TV Movie

2008

Co-starred with Joan Allen and Kathy Bates in the drama "Bonneville"

2006

Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking," written by and starring Sam Shepard

2005

Cast as an ex-flame of Bill Murray's in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"

2005

Portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway

2003

Portrayed the heroine's mother in the film version of "Prozac Nation"

2003

Joined an ensemble cast for the feature "Masked and Anonymous"

2003

Played wife to Albert Finney in "Big Fish"

2002

Co-starred in the HBO movie "Normal"; received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Television Movie

2000

Returned to the London stage to star as Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1999

Tackled first Shakespearean role as Tamora opposite Anthony Hopkins in "Titus," Julie Taymor's feature directorial debut

1998

Played title role in film version of Balzac's "Cousin Bette"

1996

Made London stage debut as Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1995

Played wife to Liam Neeson's "Rob Roy"

1995

Reprised Blanche DuBois for small screen adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (CBS)

1994

Won second Oscar as Best Actress for her performance in "Blue Sky"

1992

Broadway debut as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1992

Played lead role of Alexandra Bergson in the CBS adaptation of Willa Cather's "O Pioneers!"

1992

Starred opposite De Niro in "Night and the City"

1991

Teamed with Nick Nolte and Robert De Niro for Martin Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear"

1989

Garnered a Best Actress Oscar nod for her performance as a lawyer defending her father against charges he was a Nazi collaborator in "The Music Box"

1988

Starred in "Far North"; directed by off-screen companion Sam Shepard

1985

Received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of country singer Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams"

1984

TV acting debut as Maggie in the Showtime production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1984

First film as co-producer, "Country"; earned second Best Actress Oscar nomination

1983

Became first actress since 1942 to be nominated for two Oscars in the same year; nominated for Best Actress for "Frances" and Best Supporting Actress for "Tootsie"; won the latter award

1981

Delivered a sizzle turn as the unfaithful wife Cora opposite Jack Nicholson in the remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice"

1980

Theater debut in summer stock production of "Angel on My Shoulder" in North Carolina

1979

Cast as the Angel of Death in Bob Fosse's autobiographical "All That Jazz"

1976

Film debut in "King Kong"

1975

Signed seven-year contract with Dino De Laurentiis

1968

Embarked upon travels through North and South America and Europe with first husband, photographer Paco Grande

Settled in New York where she danced and painted; joined Ellie Klein Theatre Group

Spent two years in Paris where she studied mime under Marcel Marceau's teacher, Etienne Decroux

Returned to New York where she waited tables and modeled with the Wilhelmina Agency

Moved with family 12 times before she was a senior in high school

Bonus Trivia

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"In all the interviews I've done lately, I always get asked about plastic surgery. I think, would this same interviewer be asking this question of males in my age group? Would they actually say to De Niro, hey, you're 50 years old, have you thought of having work done on your face? It's such bullsh*t. It's very insulting to assume that every woman as she ages is going to become so anxious about it that she'll consider it." – Lange quoted in EW, April 14, 1995

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"In acting classes I knew right away it was something I could do. The only time I felt my acting wasn't up to par is when I'd over think it. But as long as I did it as though it were a child's game, in terms of total commitment of the imagination, then I'd be good at it." – Lange to Vanity Fair, October 1991

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"I wonder how it is that some directors these days have no sense of how to make actors feel like they can do anything, and that it will be all right. Actors can always alter their performance, but you've got to have the sense that no matter what you try, it's okay, even if you screw up." – Lange quoted to Ann Roth in Interview magazine, April 2006

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