Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in film, theater, and television. The recipient of several awards including two Oscars, two Emmys, five Golden Globes, and one SAG Award, Lange is one of the most celebrated actors of the modern era.
Lange was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling part-time for the Wilhelmina modelling agency. She made her professional film debut in his 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic, King Kong. In 1982, she became the first performer in forty years to receive two Oscar nominations within the same year; she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the troubled actress, Frances Farmer, in Frances. Lange received three more nominations, forCountry (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Music Box (1989), before being nominated a sixth time and winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a manic depressive housewife in Blue Sky (1994). She later won her firstPrimetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ famed aunt, Big Edie, in HBO‘s Grey Gardens (2009) and won her first Screen Actors Guild Award, along with a second Primetime Emmy Award for her performance as a murderous neighbor in FX‘s anthology horror show American Horror Story (2011–2012).
In addition to acting, Lange is a photographer with two published works. She has also been a foster parent and currently holds a Goodwill Ambassador position for UNICEF, specializing in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Russia.
Lange, cover of Town & Country, May 2009
|Born||Jessica Phyllis Lange
April 20, 1949 (age 63)
Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
|Education||Cloquet High School
University of Minnesota
|Occupation||Actress, photographer, producer,humanitarian|
|Spouse(s)||Francisco Grande (1970–81)|
|Partner(s)||Mikhail Baryshnikov (1976–82)
Sam Shepard (1982–2010)
|Children||Aleksandra Baryshnikov (1981)
Hannah Jane Shepard (1985)
Samuel Walker Shepard (1987)
|Awards||Jessica Lange awards|
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