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Jessica Lange is an American actress best known for her role in the film ‘Tootsie.’

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BirthdayApril 20, 1949
NationalityAmerican
FamousUniversity Of Minnesota, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateMinnesota
Partners
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Sam Shepard
SpousesPaco Grande (m. 1971–1981)
Known asJessica Phyllis Lange
ChildrensShura Baryshnikov
Universities
  • University Of Minnesota
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Minnesota
Birth PlaceCloquet, Minnesota
Height173
GenderFemale
FatherAlbert John Lange
MotherDorothy Sahlman
Sun SignAries
Born inCloquet, Minnesota
Famous asActress

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Who is Jessica Lange?

Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has earned worldwide acclaim for her work in theater, cinema, and television. She began her career as a model and was discovered by film producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling for Wilhelmina modeling agency. Lange made her film debut in the 1976 flick ‘King Kong,’ for which she won her first Golden Globe Award. She went on to act in many other movies including ‘Tootsie’, ‘Country’, ‘Music Box’, ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Frances’, ‘Grey Gardens’, and ‘Blue Sky’, to name a few. Over the course of her extensive career, she has won several prestigious awards including the Academy Award. In fact, she is one of the 26 actresses to earn an Academy Award for a comedic role. In addition to being an actress, Lange is also a professional photographer who has her artwork displayed in numerous galleries like Howard Greenberg Gallery, Butler Institute of American Art, Rosegallery, Polk Museum of Art, Centro Cultural de Cascais and A Gallery for Fine Photography. Currently, she is a UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador who specializes in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia. A less known fact about the American artiste is that she has also contributed to a number of songs as a singer.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jessica Phyllis Lange was born on April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Her mother Dorothy Florence was a housewife while her father Albert John Lange was a traveling salesman and teacher. She has two older sisters named Ann and Jane as well as a younger brother named George.

She attended Cloquet High School and later studied art and photography at the University of Minnesota. She later studied mime theatre and joined the opera company Opéra-Comique as a dancer

Career

Jessica Lange started her career as a model in the Wilhelmina modeling agency. She soon ventured into acting and made her film debut in the 1976 flick ‘King Kong’. After this, she was cast as the Angel of Death in a semiautobiographical movie titled ‘All That Jazz’.

In 1980, she did the flick ‘How to Beat the High Cost of Living’ alongside Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin. A year later, she was offered the lead role in the film ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’.

The actress played the title character of actress Frances Farmer in the biographical movie ‘Frances’ in 1982. She then produced and acted the topical flick, ‘Country’ in 1984. The same year, Lange appeared in the TV film ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.

After this, she was cast as Patsy Cline in the movie ‘Sweet Dreams’. This was followed by her low profile movies ‘Crimes of the Heart’, ‘Far North’ and ‘Everybody's All-American’ in the late 1980s.

Between 1990 and 1992, the American beauty appeared in the films ‘Men Don't Leave’ and ‘Cape Fear’ as well as in the TV movie ‘O Pioneers!’ During this time, she also made her Broadway debut with the role of Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

She played important roles in the films ‘Losing Isaiah', ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘A Thousand Acres’ in the mid-1990s. She then appeared in the thriller flick ‘Hush’ and in the comedy-drama flick ‘Cousin Bette’ in 1998.

In 1999, Jessica Lange starred in the film adaption of William Shakespeare's play, ‘Titus Andronicus.’ The movie, titled ‘Titus,’ also featured Alan Cumming and Anthony Hopkins.

She appeared in a London stage production of ‘Long Day's Journey into Night’. Then after appearing in the 2001 film ‘Prozac Nation’, she acted in HBO's TV movie ‘Normal’ in 2003. That year, the actress also did the films ‘Masked and Anonymous’ and ‘Big Fish’.

During the year 2005, she was featured in the big screen movies ‘Broken Flowers’ and ‘Don't Come Knocking’ as well as in the play ‘The Glass Menagerie’. In 2009, Lange portrayed the role of Big Edie in the television movie ‘Grey Gardens’.

In 2011, she joined the cast of the horror anthology series titled ‘American Horror Story’ and went on to act in many of its seasons including ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ and ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’.

In 2013 and 2014, the American beauty did the films ‘In Secret’ and ‘The Gambler’. She then appeared in the movie ‘Wild Oats’ in 2016. That year, she also worked in the web series, ‘Horace and Pete’. Lange next starred in the anthology series titled ‘Feud: Bette and Joan' and also served as its co-producer.

Major Works

In 1982, Jessica Lange had a supporting role in Sydney Pollack's flick ‘Tootsie’. In this movie, the actress starred opposite Dustin Hoffman. The film became a major hit and helped to establish her career.

In 1989, she played Ann Talbot in Costa-Gavras' ‘Music Box’. In this movie, her performance as a Hungarian lawyer earned her an Academy Award nomination as well a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.

She played a manic depressive army wife in Tony Richardson's final movie ‘Blue Sky’ in 1994. The film received critical praise and won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress for Jessica Lange.

Personal Life & Legacy

Jessica Lange was married to Spanish photographer Paco Grande from 1971 to 1981. From 1976 to 1982, Lange was in a romantic relationship with ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The couple also had a kid, Aleksandra "Shura" Baryshnikov, before separating.

After this, the actress began a relationship with American playwright Sam Shepard. The couple lived together till 2009 and had two children, Hannah Jane and Samuel Walker. In the early 1990s, the actress fostered a child with disabilities.

Though Lange does not follow any particular religion, she follows certain tenets of Buddhism.

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Jessica Lange's awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1995Best Actress in a Leading RoleBlue Sky (1994)
1983Best Actress in a Supporting RoleTootsie (1982)

Golden Globe Awards

2012Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAmerican Horror Story (2011)
1996Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionA Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
1995Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaBlue Sky (1994)
1983Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureTootsie (1982)
1977Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - FemaleKing Kong (1976)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2014Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2012Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2009Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieGrey Gardens (2009)

Jessica Lange biography timelines

  • // 20th Apr 1949
    Jessica Phyllis Lange was born on April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Her mother Dorothy Florence was a housewife while her father Albert John Lange was a traveling salesman and teacher. She has two older sisters named Ann and Jane as well as a younger brother named George.
  • // 1976
    Jessica Lange started her career as a model in the Wilhelmina modeling agency. She soon ventured into acting and made her film debut in the 1976 flick ‘King Kong’. After this, she was cast as the Angel of Death in a semiautobiographical movie titled ‘All That Jazz’.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, she did the flick ‘How to Beat the High Cost of Living’ alongside Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin. A year later, she was offered the lead role in the film ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’.
  • // 1982 To 1984
    The actress played the title character of actress Frances Farmer in the biographical movie ‘Frances’ in 1982. She then produced and acted the topical flick, ‘Country’ in 1984. The same year, Lange appeared in the TV film ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, Jessica Lange had a supporting role in Sydney Pollack's flick ‘Tootsie’. In this movie, the actress starred opposite Dustin Hoffman. The film became a major hit and helped to establish her career.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, she played Ann Talbot in Costa-Gavras' ‘Music Box’. In this movie, her performance as a Hungarian lawyer earned her an Academy Award nomination as well a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.
  • // 1990 To 1992
    Between 1990 and 1992, the American beauty appeared in the films ‘Men Don't Leave’ and ‘Cape Fear’ as well as in the TV movie ‘O Pioneers!’ During this time, she also made her Broadway debut with the role of Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
  • // 1994
    She played a manic depressive army wife in Tony Richardson's final movie ‘Blue Sky’ in 1994. The film received critical praise and won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress for Jessica Lange.
  • // 1998
    She played important roles in the films ‘Losing Isaiah', ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘A Thousand Acres’ in the mid-1990s. She then appeared in the thriller flick ‘Hush’ and in the comedy-drama flick ‘Cousin Bette’ in 1998.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, Jessica Lange starred in the film adaption of William Shakespeare's play, ‘Titus Andronicus.’ The movie, titled ‘Titus,’ also featured Alan Cumming and Anthony Hopkins.
  • // 2001 To 2003
    She appeared in a London stage production of ‘Long Day's Journey into Night’. Then after appearing in the 2001 film ‘Prozac Nation’, she acted in HBO's TV movie ‘Normal’ in 2003. That year, the actress also did the films ‘Masked and Anonymous’ and ‘Big Fish’.
  • // 2005 To 2009
    During the year 2005, she was featured in the big screen movies ‘Broken Flowers’ and ‘Don't Come Knocking’ as well as in the play ‘The Glass Menagerie’. In 2009, Lange portrayed the role of Big Edie in the television movie ‘Grey Gardens’.
  • // 2009
    After this, the actress began a relationship with American playwright Sam Shepard. The couple lived together till 2009 and had two children, Hannah Jane and Samuel Walker. In the early 1990s, the actress fostered a child with disabilities.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she joined the cast of the horror anthology series titled ‘American Horror Story’ and went on to act in many of its seasons including ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ and ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’.

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Jessica Lange's FAQ

  • What is Jessica Lange birthday?

    Jessica Lange was born at 1949-04-20

  • Where is Jessica Lange's birth place?

    Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, Minnesota

  • What is Jessica Lange nationalities?

    Jessica Lange's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jessica Lange spouses?

    Jessica Lange's spouses is Paco Grande (m. 1971–1981)

  • Who is Jessica Lange childrens?

    Jessica Lange's childrens is Shura Baryshnikov

  • What was Jessica Lange universities?

    Jessica Lange studied at University Of Minnesota

  • What was Jessica Lange notable alumnis?

    Jessica Lange's notable alumnis is University Of Minnesota

  • How tall is Jessica Lange?

    Jessica Lange's height is 173

  • Who is Jessica Lange's father?

    Jessica Lange's father is Albert John Lange

  • Who is Jessica Lange's mother?

    Jessica Lange's mother is Dorothy Sahlman

  • What is Jessica Lange's sun sign?

    Jessica Lange is Aries

  • How famous is Jessica Lange?

    Jessica Lange is famouse as Actress