Jessica Phyllis Lange was born on April 20th 1949 in the Cloquet city of United States of America’s Minnesota. She is 5 feet 8 inches tall. She is also known by the pet-name Jessie. Her star sign is Taurus. Her father’s name was Albert John Lange, who was a travel salesman and teacher by profession and Dorothy Florence, who was a home maker. She has a younger brother named George, and two elder sisters, Jane and Ann. Jessie did her graduation from the Cloquet High School in Minnesota. She was offered a scholarship by the University of Minnesota in 1967 and studied arts and photography at this institution. She met her future husband Paco Grande there and in 1971 the couple got married. She learned mime at the Mime Theatre of Paris and became a student of Etienne Decroux. She later joined the dance Opera-Comique.
In 1981, Jessica and Paco Grande, who is an American producer, filed for divorce. She was with Sam Shepard (American actor) from 1982 to 2009. She is the mother of Aleksandra Baryshnikova, Samuel Walker, and Hannah Jane. She has also adopted a child with mental disabilities. In 1972, she was discovered by Antonio Lopez, a fashion illustrator. He gave her an opportunity of becoming a model, and that’s how she started working for Wilhelmina Modelling Agency as a model. During her modelling days, she was spotted by
Dino De Laurentiis, who was then in a search of his next leading lady for the movie
Finally in 1976, she made her debut with the movie King Kong. This film was a remake of the film King Kong of 1933. The movie was based on the destruction caused in the New York City by a giant ape. The film starred Jessica along with Charles Grodin and
Jeff Bridges in the lead. Jessica played the role of Dawn. This film was a major success and got favourable response from the viewers. In 2011, she was cast on the American Horror Story series by the FX horror anthology. She played a supporting role of Constance Langdon. In 1992, she was given the lead of role of Blache DuBois in a Broadway show by
Ryan Murphy in 1992.
She is the winner of two Oscar Awards for her performances in Tootsie (1982) and Blue Sky (1994). Jessie practises Buddhism. She says that she finds it to be the most peaceful and disciplined religion. She is also a professional photographer and released a picture album, entitled 50 Photographs. Jessica is the Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF. She is engaged in spreading awareness about the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Congo and Russia.
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Born in Cloquet, Minnesota, Jessica Lange is an American actress, who is internationally acknowledged for her excellent performances in films, theater, and television. Entertainment Weekly enlisted her as one of the “Greatest Actresses” of the 90s. We are talking about some real talent here, people! At the same time as modeling for one of the modeling agencies, Jessica Lange was discovered by the producer, Dino de Laurentis and therefore, she made her debut in the professional field of acting in the 1976 remake of “King Kong.” For this, she earned a freaking Golden Globe Award. She became the first artist to acquire two Oscar nominations within the same year. Furthermore, she gained another Golden Globe Award and another Academy Award for Best Actress for her wonderful presentation in “Tootsie”, where she became a soap opera celebrity.
In “Blue Sky”, she enacted the character of a hysterical depressive housewife, a role which was so challenging and brilliant in its depiction that Jessica Lange won her third Golden Globe Award, another Academy Award for Best Actress and most importantly, the Oscar. Other films in her impressive resume include, “All That Jazz”, The Postman Always Rings Twice”, “Crime of the Heart”, “Men Don’t Leave”, “A Thousand Acres”, “
The Gambler”, “Wild Oats”, “
The Vow”, “
In Secret” etc. Another award in her pocket is that for her remarkable performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which was her Broadway debut as, Blanche DuBois; she won the Theater World Award for this one.
She became the first and foremost actress to acquire the Olivier Award for Best Actress. When it comes to award trophies, it seems that Jessica Lange has a massive closet in her mansion for their storage. She earned a Primetime Emmy Award for her character as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s famous aunt, Big Edie in HBO’s “Grey Gardens”, in the year 2009. For her role in the first and the third season of “American Horror Story”, she won numerous awards namely, “Golden Globe Award”, “Screen Actors Guild Award”, and “Emmy Awards”.
Besides being a photographer too, she is the “Goodwill Ambassador” for UNICEF and is also a foster parent. In the year 2014, famous fashion designer, Marc Jacobs decided to pick her to be the premiere model for his high-end beauty line, “Marc Jacobs Beauty.” No wonder that talent and beauty solely reside at the doorstep of Jessica Lange’s mansion!