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Overview (4)

Born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameJessica Phyllis Lange
Nickname Jessie
Height 5' 8" (1.73 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".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Thanassis Agathos<thanaga@hol.gr

Spouse (1)

Francisco Paco Grande (29 July 1970 - 1981) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Platinum blonde hair
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (39)

Born at 11:00am-CST
Cohabited with Sam Shepard (1982-2009).
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 City. [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, Minnesota.
Along with Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett, she is one of only eleven actors to receive Academy Award nominations in two acting categories in the same year. She was nominated for Best Actress for Frances (1982) and Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie (1982) at the 55th Academy Awards in 1983, winning the latter award.
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.
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 1970s. [2003]
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.
Her performance as Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) is ranked #85 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. [2006]
Daughter of Dorothy Sahlman (1913-1998) and Al Lange, a teacher (1913-1989).
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.
Ex-husband Paco Grande began losing his sight from retinitis pigmentosa in the early 1970s. By the end of the decade, Lange was publicly dating other men. She was still legally married to Grande when she had her daughter with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1981, finally divorcing a year later and paying an undisclosed sum in alimony. Reports at the time said Grande was nearly blind.
When starting out, Jessica once shared a Paris apartment with then fledgling models Jerry Hall and Grace Jones in the late 1970s.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Hannah to begin filming Crimes of the Heart (1986).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a daughter Aleksandra "Shura" Lange Baryshnikov on March 15, 1981. Child's father is her now ex-partner, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a daughter Hannah Jane Shepard on January 13, 1986. Child's father was her late former partner, Sam Shepard.
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Aleksandra to begin filming Frances (1982).
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her son Samuel to begin filming Far North (1988).
Has two granddaughters - Adah and Ilse Bryan - via daughter Aleksandra and her husband, Bruce Bryan.
Was the 87th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Tootsie (1982) at The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) on April 11, 1983.
Has appeared in two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards: All That Jazz (1979) and Tootsie (1982).
Claims the best performer she has ever worked with is Kim Stanley, who played her mother on Frances (1982).
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 38, a son, Samuel Walker Shepard, on June 14, 1987. Child's father was her late former partner, Sam Shepard.
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 12 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), Eleanor Parker for Caged (1950), Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room (1962), Shirley MacLaine for Irma la Douce (1963), 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), and Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009).
Was replaced by Kim Basinger for the lead in Fool for Love (1985).

Personal Quotes (5)

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.

Salary (1)

Losing Isaiah (1995) $1,500,000

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