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Overview (4)

Born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameJessica Phyllis Lange
Nickname Jessie
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 The Postman Always Rings Twice (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 (1994), for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award as the mentally unbalanced wife of a military officer. She made her Broadway debut in 1992, playing "Blanche" in Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire".

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Family (4)

Spouse Francisco Paco Grande (29 July 1970 - July 1982)  (divorced)
Children Lange Baryshnikov, Aleksandra "Shura"
Shepard, Hannah Jane
Samuel Walker Shepard
Parents Sahlman, Dorothy
Lange, Al
Relatives Lange, Ann (sibling)
Lange, Jane (sibling)
Lange, George (sibling)
Bryan, Ilse (grandchild)
Bryn, Adah (grandchild)

Trade Mark (2)

Platinum blonde hair
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (40)

Born at 11:00am-CST.
Had a long time relationship with Sam Shepard (1982-2009).
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.
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 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.
She is one of the elite twelve 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 eleven 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 Cate Blanchett, and Scarlett Johansson.
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).
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.
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.
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]
Born to Dorothy (née Sahlman; 1913-1998), no profession, and Al Lange (1913-1989), a teacher and traveling salesman.
Has two older sisters named Ann Lange and Jane Lange and a younger brother named George Lange who is a pilot.
She was one of the favorite actresses of Benazir Bhutto.
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. Shortly afterwards, Lange broke up with her boyfriend of 27 years, Sam Shepard, prompting speculation that said injuries were actually the result of a domestic dispute.
Ex-husband Paco Grande began losing his sight from retinitis pigmentosa in the early '70s. Though the couple separated in 1975, they did not divorce until 1982, a year after Lange gave birth to her daughter by Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was ordered to pay Grande an undisclosed sum in alimony.
When starting out, Jessica once shared a Paris apartment with then fledgling models Jerry Hall and Grace Jones.
Has two granddaughters - Adah and Ilse Bryan - via daughter Aleksandra and her husband, Bruce Bryan.
Has appeared in two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards: All That Jazz (1979) and Tootsie (1982).
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".
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".
Won the Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for "Long Day's Journey into Night" on June 12, 2016.
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.
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.
Is one of 19 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), Elliot Page for Juno (2007), Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009), Ruth Negga for Loving (2016), Yalitza Aparicio for Roma (2018) and Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman (2020).
Was replaced by Kim Basinger for the lead in Fool for Love (1985).
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.
Co-starred with former partner Sam Shepard in four films: Frances (1982), Country (1984), A Rich-in-a-Love (1986) and Don't Come Knocking (2005).
Has twice played Charles Durning's daughter: in Tootsie (1982) and Far North (1988).
Born on the same date as Veronica Cartwright.
Was at one point best friends with Tuesday Weld, Misha's girlfriend after her.
Everywhere Jessica travels, she tries to find a cemetery. She says they're the most mysterious beautiful places.
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).

Personal Quotes (7)

It took Sydney Pollack a long time to get me to do Tootsie (1982). I asked myself if I wanted to play some frothy, ditzy character after I had just done Frances (1982). Obviously, I'm thrilled that I did.
All through life, I've harbored anger rather than expressed it at the moment. Once I started on Frances (1982), I discovered it was literally a bottomless well. It devastated me to maintain that for eighteen weeks, to be immersed in this state of rage for twelve to eighteen hours a day. It spilled all over, into other areas of my life. I was really hell to be around.
[on what counts in her career] Box office success has never meant anything. I couldn't get a film made if I paid for it myself. So I'm not 'box office' and never have been, and that's never entered into my kind of mind set. It is the kind of acknowledgment by other actors, really. That's really what is most meaningful.
For me, acting was always a way to explore emotions - to dip into the well and really try to reach rock bottom down there.
Coming out of the '60s, when it was still the last gasp of bohemia, I just never thought in terms of career or profession.
[when asked by Stephen Colbert if she has any feuds with anyone in 2017] No... but for instance... I feud in my head with people, but I don't have (real feuds with anyone)- but right now I'm carrying on a feud with Kellyanne Conway. If you are given a script as an actor by your agent, and the writers preface it by saying "you've been offered this part", a character who is one of the most important women in the government right now. She's a counsel to the President (of the United States), she's a spokesperson (for the Trump administration), and you pick up the script, you read it, and you think "they've gotta be kidding! They can't (be serious)!" You got a scene where this character talks about alternative facts, you've got a scene where this character imagines that a (common) microwave is turning into a camera, you go to the Presidential inauguration dressed as a Nutcracker... You can imagine how the conversation would go: "Are you kidding me? Nobody's going to take this character seriously, she's a joke!!"
[shading Mia Kirshner's relationship with her ex, Sam Shepard] When I was in my thirties I wasn't fascinated by 70-year-old men. But then, I didn't have to be.

Salary (3)

Tootsie (1982) $350,000
Crimes of the Heart (1986) $2,000,000
Losing Isaiah (1993) $1,500,000

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