Jessica Lange (who is Jessica Lange?)

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Jessica Lange is a highly distinguished American actress known for her work in film, television, and theater. A versatile and talented performer, she has received critical acclaim throughout her career, which spans several decades. Here is a comprehensive overview of her life and career:

Personal Life

  • Birth Name: Jessica Phyllis Lange
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1949
  • Place of Birth: Cloquet, Minnesota, USA
  • Lange studied art and photography at the University of Minnesota. During this time, she met and began a relationship with Spanish photographer Paco Grande.
  • After traveling with Grande through the United States and Europe, the couple married in 1970. They eventually separated in the late 1970s and Lange later lived with ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, with whom she had a child.
  • She has three children; her daughter, Shura Baryshnikov, from her relationship with Baryshnikov, and two children, Hannah and Samuel, with playwright Sam Shepard, whom she was with from 1982 to 2009.



Lange's film debut was in the 1976 remake of King Kong, which earned her a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. Despite a rocky start, Lange's talent became undeniable in the 1980s.

Her performance in Tootsie (1982), where she played alongside Dustin Hoffman, earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won her second Oscar, this time for Best Actress, in a leading role for her portrayal of a military wife in Blue Sky (1994). Other significant films include:

  • Frances (1982)
  • Country (1984)
  • Sweet Dreams (1985)
  • Music Box (1989)
  • Cape Fear (1991)
  • Grey Gardens (2009)


Lange's work on television is also noteworthy, especially her performances in the anthology series American Horror Story. She received two Emmy Awards for her roles in the series, along with a Screen Actors Guild Award and additional Emmy nominations.


Her stage work has included performances on Broadway, receiving critical acclaim for her roles in productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire (1992), Long Day's Journey into Night (2000), and The Glass Menagerie (2005). For her portrayal of Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night, Lange won her first Tony Award in 2016.

Achievement and Legacy

  • Jessica Lange is the 13th actress in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, with two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, and three Emmy Awards.
  • She is also known for her photographic work, having published several books of photography.
  • Lange is recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry as well as her work in supporting causes such as human rights, conservation and child welfare.

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