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Jessica Lange Biography and Filmography
Jessica Lange
Birthday: April 20, 1949
Birth Place: Cloquet, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5' 7"
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The fragile, luminous beauty of actress Jessica Lange belies the inner strength and vitality she exhibits in the characters she portrays. Though not among Hollywood's most high-profile stars, she became one of its most respected dramatic actresses. For Lange, however, the road to respect was a long one, due in large part to her disastrous debut in the lavish Dino de Laurentiis stinker King Kong.Lange had a peripatetic childhood. Born a traveling salesman's daughter in Cloquet, MN, in 1949, she moved at least 18 times while growing up. She studied art for two years at the University of Minnesota before running off to Paris, where she studied mime and danced in the chorus of the Opera Comique. She later moved to New York, where she worked as a waitress and model until she was chosen to play the part of a giant gorilla's romantic obsession in the 1976 remake of King Kong. Unfortunately, Lange's acting abilities at the time were not all that remarkable, and she was roundly ridiculed for her performance. It would be three years before she appeared in another film. She made good use of that time, however, studying drama and networking with industry figures. She was romantically involved with choreographer/director Bob Fosse when he cast her as the angel of death in All That Jazz (1979). She next played a supporting role in How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980), but did not break through into major stardom until she was cast opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). It was in this film that she first displayed the dangerous sexuality and galvanizing charisma that would lead pooh-poohing critics to recant their earlier assessment that Lange was all looks and no talent.The following year marked a turning point in Lange's career. After much lobbying with numerous directors, she finally employed novice Graeme Clifford for Frances, her self-produced adaptation of former actress Frances Farmer's autobiography, Will There Ever Be a Morning? Lange played the title role in the wrenching drama, and became so caught up in the many traumas of Farmer's tragic life (something that was allegedly complicated by Lange's personal tragedies during her own youth), that she nearly suffered a breakdown. Despite the trials of playing the character, Lange later considered it her favorite role. On a more positive note, while shooting the film, she also met actor/playwright Sam Shepard, the man who would father two of her three children and become her long-term lover. (She previously had a daughter by dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.)Later in 1982, Lange changed gears and appeared as the beautiful object of Dustin Hoffman's obsession in Tootsie. Though she played the only non-comic role in the romantic comedy, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She also netted a Best Actress nod for Frances, making her the first actress to receive two Academy Award nominations in a single year. Over the next decade, Lange received Best Actress nominations three more times (for Country, Sweet Dreams — in which Lange, who admits she can't sing, played country music heroine Patsy Cline — and The Music Box) before finally winning the award for playing a mentally unstable military wife in Blue Sky (1994). If Lange's film appearances sometimes seemed sporadic, it was due to her willingness to take time off to be with her family, as well as a desire to work on the stage. In 1991, she starred as Blanche Dubois opposite Alec Baldwin in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Although her stage debut received mixed reviews, Lange later turned in a more finely rendered Blanche in the 1995 TV version of the play, and reprised her role again for its 1996 London production. Lange also appeared in two films in 1995, notably Rob Roy with Liam Neeson. Two years later, she starred with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jason Robards Jr. in Jocelyn Moorehouse's moderately well-received adaptation of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. She then appeared in another star-studded affair alongside Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Alan Cumming in Titus, Julie Taymor's 1999 rendering of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.Lange disappeared from screens in the early 2000s (partly due to the shelving of Prozac Nation), but came back with three films in 2003. She played Albert Finney's wife in Tim Burton's Big Fish, the wife of a man who undergoes a sex change in Normal, and she was one of the famous people in the enigmatic Bob Dylan movie Masked and Anonymous. She also starred with Sam Shepard in Wim Wenders' 2004 film Don't Come Knockin'.
Grey Gardens (2007)
[ Drew Barrymore ]
The Mermaids Singing (2006)
[ Neve Campbell ][ Evan Rachel Wood ]
Bonneville (2006)
[ Kathy Bates ][ Joan Allen ][ Christine Baranski ]
Sybil (2006)
Neverwas (2005)
[ Brittany Murphy ][ Vera Farmiga ][ Cynthia Stevenson ]
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
[ Fairuza Balk ][ Sarah Polley ][ Marley Shelton ][ Eva Marie Saint ][ Majandra Delfino ]
Broken Flowers (2005)
[ Sharon Stone ][ Chloe Sevigny ][ Tilda Swinton ][ Julie Delpy ][ Alexis Dziena ]
Big Fish (2003)
[ Helena Bonham Carter ][ Alison Lohman ][ Missi Pyle ][ Marion Cotillard ][ Miley Cyrus ]
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
[ Penelope Cruz ][ Angela Basset ][ Susan Traylor ]
Normal (2003)
[ Hayden Panettiere ]
Prozac Nation (2001)
[ Christina Ricci ][ Michelle Williams ][ Anne Heche ][ Emily Perkins ][ Chrissy Hynde ]
Titus (1999)
[ Laura Fraser ]
Cousin Bette (1998)
[ Elisabeth Shue ][ Kelly MacDonald ][ Geraldine Chaplin ][ Laura Fraser ]
Hush (1998)
[ Gwyneth Paltrow ][ Debi Mazar ]
A Thousand Acres (1997)
[ Michelle Pfeiffer ][ Michelle Williams ][ Jennifer Jason-Leigh ][ Elizabeth Moses ][ Beth Grant ]
A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
[ Diane Lane ]
Rob Roy (1995)
[ Shirley Henderson ]
Losing Isaiah (1995)
[ LaTanya Richardson ][ Joie Lee ][ Halle Berry ]
Blue Sky (1994)
[ Amy Locane ][ Carrie Snodgrass ][ Diane Peterson ]
Night and the City (1992)
[ Lisa Vidal ]
O Pioneers! (1992)
[ Heather Graham ][ Anne Heche ]
Cape Fear (1991)
[ Juliette Lewis ][ Illeana Douglas ]
Men Don't Leave (1990)
[ Joan Cusack ][ Kathy Bates ][ Lora Zane ]
Music Box (1989)
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Far North (1988)
[ Patricia Arquette ][ Melissa Sue Anderson ]
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
[ Diane Keaton ][ Sissy Spacek ]
Sweet Dreams (1985)
[ P.J. Soles ]
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1985)
Country (1984)
Tootsie (1982)
[ Geena Davis ][ Teri Garr ][ Estelle Getty ][ Ellen Foley ][ Marg Helgenberger ]
Frances (1982)
[ Angelica Huston ][ Bonnie Bartlett ]
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
[ Helen Hunt ][ Jennifer Jason-Leigh ][ Ally Sheedy ][ Eva Marie Saint ][ Eliza Roberts ]
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
[ Angelica Huston ]
How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
[ Jane Curtin ][ Susan Saint James ][ Sybil Danning ]
All That Jazz (1979)
[ CCH Pounder ][ Sandahl Bergman ]
King Kong (1976)
[ Diane Peterson ]
  • Born at 11:00am-CST
  • Has had long time relationship with actor Sam Shepard (1982-present).
  • Lange has three children - Alexandra, b. 1981 (whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov), Hanna and Walker.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#64). [1995]
  • She is a big supporter for rights of the Monks of Nepal.
  • Lived in Minnesota with Sam and their children for a few years, but now living in New York (2004).
  • Between modeling jobs, she waitressed at the Lion's Head in Greenwich Village.
  • In 1970s Manhattan, Lange was represented by Wilhelmina Models, the same agency that later discovered Gia Carangi.
  • Her interpretation of the pushed-to-the-limit Cora in the remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice (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 costar 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.
  • 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 nine 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, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx.
  • 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).
  • Measurements: 34B-22-34 (modeling in Paris in 1973), 36C-24 1/2-35 (in 1990), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • 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.
  • Attended the Guthrie Theater Drama School at the prestigious Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Received the Anton Chekhov Fine Arts Award.
  • 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]
  • Is of Polish and Finnish descent
  • 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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