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Birth information

20 April 1949 Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Jessica Phyllis Lange

Nickname

Jessie

How tall is Jessica Lange?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Francisco Paco Grande

Life Story of Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong (1976). The film attracted much unfavorable comment and, as a result, Lange was off the screen for three years. She was given a small but showy part in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979), before giving a memorable performance in Bob Rafelson's Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981), as an adulterous waitress. The following year, she won rave reviews for her exceptional portrayal of actress Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) and a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982) (as a beautiful soap-opera actress). She was also outstanding as country singer Patsy Cline in Karel Reisz's Sweet Dreams (1985) and as a lawyer who defends her father and discovers his past in Music Box (1989). Other important films include Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) (as a frightened housewife) and Tony Richardson's Blue Sky...

Significant features of Jessica Lange

Platinum blonde hair
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

How much money has Jessica Lange earned?

Tootsie (1982) $350,000
Crimes of the Heart (1986) $2,000,000
Losing Isaiah (1995) $1,500,000

Publications and Magazines about Jessica Lange

J. T. Jeffries Jessica Lange: A Biography. 1986

Biographical movies about Jessica Lange

Premio Donostia a Jessica Lange 2002
Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1991

What movies did Jessica Lange play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) , Country (1984) ,
Actors Filmography
The Politician (2019) Dusty Jackson, American Horror Story (2018) Constance Langdon / Elsa Mars / Fiona Goode / ..., Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) Joan Crawford, Wild Oats (2016) Maddie, Horace and Pete (2016) Marsha, The Gambler (2014) Roberta, Scorsese's Women (2014) Star, In Secret - Geheime Leidenschaft (2013) Madame Raquin, The Vow (2012) Rita Thornton, Grey Gardens (2009) Big Edie, Sybil (2007) Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, Bonneville (2006) Arvilla Holden, Neverwas (2005)...

Birth information

20 April 1949 Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Jessica Phyllis Lange

Nickname

Jessie

How tall is Jessica Lange?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Francisco Paco Grande

Life Story of Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong (1976). The film attracted much unfavorable comment and, as a result, Lange was off the screen for three years. She was given a small but showy part in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979), before giving a memorable performance in Bob Rafelson's Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981), as an adulterous waitress. The following year, she won rave reviews for her exceptional portrayal of actress Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) and a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982) (as a beautiful soap-opera actress). She was also outstanding as country singer Patsy Cline in Karel Reisz's Sweet Dreams (1985) and as a lawyer who defends her father and discovers his past in Music Box (1989). Other important films include Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) (as a frightened housewife) and Tony Richardson's Blue Sky...

Significant features of Jessica Lange

Platinum blonde hair
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

How much money has Jessica Lange earned?

Tootsie (1982) $350,000
Crimes of the Heart (1986) $2,000,000
Losing Isaiah (1995) $1,500,000

Publications and Magazines about Jessica Lange

J. T. Jeffries Jessica Lange: A Biography. 1986

Biographical movies about Jessica Lange

Premio Donostia a Jessica Lange 2002
Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1991

What movies did Jessica Lange play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) , Country (1984) ,
Actors Filmography
The Politician (2019) Dusty Jackson, American Horror Story (2018) Constance Langdon / Elsa Mars / Fiona Goode / ..., Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) Joan Crawford, Wild Oats (2016) Maddie, Horace and Pete (2016) Marsha, The Gambler (2014) Roberta, Scorsese's Women (2014) Star, In Secret - Geheime Leidenschaft (2013) Madame Raquin, The Vow (2012) Rita Thornton, Grey Gardens (2009) Big Edie, Sybil (2007) Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, Bonneville (2006) Arvilla Holden, Neverwas (2005)...

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Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Born at 11:00am-CST.

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Had a long time relationship with Sam Shepard (1982-2009).

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Jessica has three children: Aleksandra "Shura" Lange Baryshnikov (b. March 5, 1981) by Mikhail Baryshnikov; Hannah Jane Shepard (b. January 13, 1986) and Samuel Walker Shepard (b. June 14, 1987) by Sam Shepard.

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#64). [1995]

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She is a big supporter for rights of the Monks of Nepal.

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Lived in Minnesota with Sam and their children for a few years, but now living in New York. [2004]

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Between modeling jobs, she waitressed at the Lion's Head in Greenwich Village.

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In 1970s Manhattan, Lange was represented by Wilhelmina Models, the same agency that later discovered Gia Carangi.

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Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Her interpretation of the pushed-to-the-limit Cora in the remake of Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981) was partially inspired by the downbeat life of B-movie actress Barbara Payton. In a Rolling Stone interview, Lange mentioned how she thought her character might have first drifted to Hollywood as an aspiring starlet, and co-star Jack Nicholson gave her Payton's lurid, tell-all autobiography "I Am Not Ashamed" to look over on the set. Coincidentally, Lange and the blonde Payton were both born in Cloquet, Minn.

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She is one of the elite ten thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other ten are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett.

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Beat Meryl Streep for the role of Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams (1985), according to Streep. Streep said it was one of the few if not the only role she ever went after. Then later said that she couldn't, however, imagine the movie without her (Lange).

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Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Measurements: 34B-22-34 (modeling in Paris in 1973), 36C-24 1/2-35 (in 1990) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

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She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "Long Day's Journey into Night" at the Lyric Theatre.

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Jessica's grandparents were born in four different countries. Her paternal grandfather, George Oscar Alexander Lange, was German, and her paternal grandmother, Tena Trientje Eitens, was Dutch. Her maternal grandfather, George Ilmar Sahlman, was Finnish, and her maternal grandmother, Lillian Elvira Buskala, was born in Minnesota, to Finnish parents.

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Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Attended the Guthrie Theater Drama School at the prestigious Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Received the Anton Chekhov Fine Arts Award.

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Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Daughter Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov, graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont, the same college that Chris Noth attended in the '70s. [2003]

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Is of Polish and Finnish descent.

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Her performance as Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) is ranked #85 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. [2006]

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Jessica Lange in Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt (1981)

Daughter of Dorothy Sahlman (1913-1998) and Al Lange, a teacher (1913-1989).

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Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Mark Casimir Dyniewicz Jr., Gary Buckner, Heather Wynters, etc.

Has two older sisters named Ann Lange and Jane Lange and a younger brother named George Lange who is a pilot.

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Jessica Lange in The Politician (2019)

She was one of the favorite actresses of Benazir Bhutto.

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Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Ben Platt in The Politician (2019)

Had a fall at her home in Minnesota on March 17, 2009, breaking her collarbone and dislocating her arm. After an overnight stay in the hospital, she was released the next day. Soon afterwards (though unpublicized until December 2011), Lange broke up with her boyfriend of 27 years, Sam Shepard, leading to speculation that a domestic dispute had been the actual cause of her injuries.

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Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Anne Shropshire in Tootsie (1982)

Ex-husband Paco Grande began losing his sight from retinitis pigmentosa in the early 1970s. By the end of the decade they had separated and Lange was publicly dating other men including Bob Fosse, but she was still legally married to Grande when she had her daughter with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1981, finally divorcing a year later, and paying him an undisclosed sum in alimony. Reports at the time said Grande was nearly blind.

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Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Amy Lawrence in Tootsie (1982)

When starting out, Jessica once shared a Paris apartment with then fledgling models Jerry Hall and Grace Jones.

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Jessica Lange in Tootsie (1982)

Has two granddaughters - Adah and Ilse Bryan - via daughter Aleksandra and her husband, Bruce Bryan.

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Jessica Lange in Tootsie (1982)

Has appeared in two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards: All That Jazz (1979) and Tootsie (1982).

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Jessica Lange in Tootsie (1982)

Is one of 25 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Tootsie (1982). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class (1973)), Lee Grant (Shampoo (1975)), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall (1977)), Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck (1987)), Cher (Moonstruck (1987)), Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy (1989)), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny (1992)), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets (1997)), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).

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Jessica Lange and Heather Wynters in American Horror Story (2011)

Could only commit to three episodes of Horace and Pete (2016) despite being principally billed due to her commitments to rehearsals for her Tony nominated role on Broadway's "Long Day's Journey Into Night".

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

In 2016 she became the 24th performer to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); she won the 1983 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Tootsie (1982) and the 1995 Best Actress Oscar for Blue Sky (1994), the 2009 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for Grey Gardens (2009), the 2012 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for American Horror Story (2011) and the 2014 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for American Horror Story (2011), and the 2016 Best Leading Actress in a Play Tony for "Long Day's Journey into Night".

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Won the Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for "Long Day's Journey into Night" on June 12, 2016.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Is one of 16 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Helen Mirren, Frances McDormand and Viola Davis.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Jessica has said that she has only ever had two jobs in her life: as a waitress and an actress. If she had to choose another line of work, she'd love to try falconry.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Is one of 17 actresses to have received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance where they acted out a labor and/or birth; hers being for Sweet Dreams (1985). The others in chronological order are Luise Rainer for The Good Earth (1937), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948), Eleanor Parker for Caged (1950), Elizabeth Taylor for Raintree County (1957), Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room (1962), Shirley MacLaine for Irma la Douce (1963), Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Marsha Mason for Cinderella Liberty (1973), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Ellen Burstyn for Same Time, Next Year (1978), Meryl Streep for A Cry in the Dark (1988), Samantha Morton for In America (2002), Ellen Page for Juno (2007), Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009), and Ruth Negga for Loving (2016).

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Was replaced by Kim Basinger for the lead in Fool for Love (1985).

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Lange turned down the role of Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgård in Season 1) in Big Little Lies (2017), Season 2. Meryl Streep was cast instead.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Co-starred with former partner Sam Shepard in four films: Frances (1982), Country (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Don't Come Knocking (2005).

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Judy Davis and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Has twice played Charles Durning's daughter: in Tootsie (1982) and Far North (1988).

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Judy Davis and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Born on the same date as Veronica Cartwright.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Bears a striking resemblance to Tuesday Weld, Misha's girlfriend after her.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Everywhere Jessica travels, she tries to find a cemetery. She says they're the most mysterious beautiful places.

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Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: All That Jazz (1979) and Tootsie (1982).

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Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

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Alfred Molina and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

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Jessica Lange and Stanley Tucci in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

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