Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

Highest Rated: 100% Normal (2003)

Lowest Rated: 0% Wild Oats (2016)

Birthday: Apr 20, 1949

Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

The fragile, luminous beauty of actress Jessica Lange belies the inner strength and vitality she exhibits in the characters she portrays. Though not among Hollywood's most high-profile stars, she became one of its most respected dramatic actresses. For Lange, however, the road to respect was a long one, due in large part to her disastrous debut in the lavish Dino de Laurentiis stinker King Kong.Lange had a peripatetic childhood. Born a traveling salesman's daughter in Cloquet, MN, in 1949, she moved at least 18 times while growing up. She studied art for two years at the University of Minnesota before running off to Paris, where she studied mime and danced in the chorus of the Opera Comique. She later moved to New York, where she worked as a waitress and model until she was chosen to play the part of a giant gorilla's romantic obsession in the 1976 remake of King Kong. Unfortunately, Lange's acting abilities at the time were not all that remarkable, and she was roundly ridiculed for her performance. It would be three years before she appeared in another film. She made good use of that time, however, studying drama and networking with industry figures. She was romantically involved with choreographer/director Bob Fosse when he cast her as the angel of death in All That Jazz (1979). She next played a supporting role in How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980), but did not break through into major stardom until she was cast opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). It was in this film that she first displayed the dangerous sexuality and galvanizing charisma that would lead pooh-poohing critics to recant their earlier assessment that Lange was all looks and no talent.The following year marked a turning point in Lange's career. After much lobbying with numerous directors, she finally employed novice Graeme Clifford for Frances, her self-produced adaptation of former actress Frances Farmer's autobiography, Will There Ever Be a Morning? Lange played the title role in the wrenching drama, and became so caught up in the many traumas of Farmer's tragic life (something that was allegedly complicated by Lange's personal tragedies during her own youth), that she nearly suffered a breakdown. Despite the trials of playing the character, Lange later considered it her favorite role. On a more positive note, while shooting the film, she also met actor/playwright Sam Shepard, the man who would father two of her three children and become her long-term lover. (She previously had a daughter by dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.)Later in 1982, Lange changed gears and appeared as the beautiful object of Dustin Hoffman's obsession in Tootsie. Though she played the only non-comic role in the romantic comedy, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She also netted a Best Actress nod for Frances, making her the first actress to receive two Academy Award nominations in a single year. Over the next decade, Lange received Best Actress nominations three more times (for Country, Sweet Dreams -- in which Lange, who admits she can't sing, played country music heroine Patsy Cline -- and The Music Box) before finally winning the award for playing a mentally unstable military wife in Blue Sky (1994). If Lange's film appearances sometimes seemed sporadic, it was due to her willingness to take time off to be with her family, as well as a desire to work on the stage. In 1991, she starred as Blanche Dubois opposite Alec Baldwin in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Although her stage debut received mixed reviews, Lange later turned in a more finely rendered Blanche in the 1995 TV version of the play, and reprised her role again for its 1996 London production. Lange also appeared in two films in 1995, notably Rob Roy with Liam Neeson. Two years later, she starred with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jason Robards Jr. in Jocelyn Moorehouse's moderately well-received adaptation of Jane


Highest Rated Movies



92% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco Actor 2018
0% Wild Oats Maddie $22.1K 2016
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll Actor 2016
43% The Gambler Roberta $18.9M 2014
41% In Secret Madame Raquin $0.4M 2014
31% The Vow Rita Thornton $125.1M 2012
87% Grey Gardens Big Edie 2009
No Score Yet Sybil Dr. Cornelia Wilbur 2007
40% Bonneville Arvilla Holden $0.4M 2006
43% Don't Come Knocking Doreen $0.4M 2006
14% Neverwas Katherine Pierson 2005
87% Broken Flowers Carmen $13.6M 2005
75% Big Fish Starsza Sandra Bloom Senior Sandra Bloom $66.3M 2003
25% Masked and Anonymous Nina Veronica $0.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Peace! DVD Actor 2003
100% Normal Irma Applewood 2003
28% Prozac Nation Sarah 2001
68% Titus Tamora 1999
41% Cousin Bette Bette Fisher 1998
12% Hush Martha Baring 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
24% A Thousand Acres Ginny Cook Smith 1997
73% Rob Roy Mary 1995
45% Losing Isaiah Margaret Lewin 1995
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois 1995
78% Blue Sky Carly Marshall 1994
57% Night and the City Helen Nasseros 1992
73% Cape Fear Leigh Bowden 1991
No Score Yet O Pioneers Alexandra Bergson 1991
No Score Yet Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond Host 1991
81% Men Don't Leave Beth 1990
72% Music Box Ann Talbot 1989
42% Everybody's All-American Babs Rogers 1988
13% Far North Kate 1988
81% Crimes of the Heart Meg Magrath 1986
90% Sweet Dreams Patsy Cline 1985
100% Country Jewell Ivy Producer 1984
No Score Yet Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie Pollitt 1984
64% Frances Frances Farmer 1982
90% Tootsie Julie 1982
79% The Postman Always Rings Twice Cora Papadakis 1981
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World Actor 1981
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living Louise 1980
85% All That Jazz Angelique 1979
53% King Kong Dwan 1976


57% The Politician
Dusty Jackson 2019
91% Feud
Producer Joan Crawford 2017
No Score Yet Feud: Bette and Joan
Joan Crawford 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Guest Panelist 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2017
96% Horace and Pete
Marsha 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
Guest 2015
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
Elsa Mars 2015
76% American Horror Story
Sister Jude Martin Constance Fiona Sister Jude Elsa Mars Constance Langdon 2014
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2012


Beth says: I don't "run" to places, Lisa. If you wanted someone to "run" for you, you should have hired a thoroughbred.

Beth says: I don't run to places, Lisa. If you wanted someone to "run" for you, you should have hired a thoroughbred.

Beth says: I don't run to places, Lisa. If you wanted someone to run for you, you should have hired a thoroughbred.

Beth says: I'm kind of under the gun right now.

Charles says: Well, don't pull the trigger just yet.

Sky says: I think I like the movies better.

Doreen says: Than what? Better than what?

Sky says: Than real life.

Babe Magrath says: You know, Chick's hated us ever since we had to move here from Dixieville to live here with old grandmamma and old granddaddy.

Meg Magrath says: Well, she's an idiot.

Babe Magrath says: Yeah. You know what she said to me this mornin' when I was still behind bars and couldn't get away?

Meg Magrath says: What?

Babe Magrath says: She told me how embarrassin' it was for her all those years ago. You know, when mama...

Meg Magrath says: Yeah, down in the cellar.

Babe Magrath says: She said that our mama had shamed the entire family and that we were known notoriously all through Hazelhurst. Then she went on to say how I would now be gettin' just as much bad publicity and humillatin' her and the family all over again.

Babe Magrath says: I don't know what's happenin' to Lennie.

Meg Magrath says: What do you mean?

Babe Magrath says: Well, she's turned into old grandmama

Meg Magrath says: You think so?

Babe Magrath says: Well, more and more. Look there. She's even taken to wearin' old grandmama's torn sun hat and her lime green garden gloves. Lennie works out in the garden wearin' the lime green gloves of a dead woman.

Meg Magrath says: (last lines) Oh, how I do love birthday cake.

Meg Magrath says: Oh, how I do love birthday cake.

Sandra Bloom (Senior) says: I don't know if you're aware of this, Josephine, but African parrots, in their native homes of the Congo, they only speak French?

Josephine says: Really?

Edward Bloom (senior) says: You're lucky to get four words out of them in English, but if you were to walk through the jungle, you'd hear them speakin' the most elaborate French. Those parrots talk about everything. Politics, movies, fashion. Everything but religion.

William Bloom says: Why not religion, Dad?

Edward Bloom (senior) says: It's rude to talk about religion. You never know who you're gonna offend.

William Bloom says: Josephine actually went to Congo last year.

Edward Bloom (senior) says: Oh, so you know.

Meg Magrath says: So how are these things with you, Babe?

Chick Boyle says: Well, things are dismal if you want my opinion. She's refusin' to cooperate with her lawyer, that's nice lookin' young Lioyd Boy, and she won't tell any of us why she's committed this crime.

Babe Magrath says: Oh look! Lennie brought my saxophone from home and my suitcase. Thank you.

Lenny Magrath says: You're welcome.

Babe Magrath says: Meg, look at my saxophone. Went to Jackson and it brought it used. It's so heavy.

Chick Boyle says: Now listen, Rebecca, that lawyer wants to concrete answers. No more stubborness or they're gonna put you in jail and throw away the key. Isn't that right, daddy? Won't they just put her in jail and throw away the key?

Meg Magrath says: Why'd you do it, Babe ? Why'd you put your head in the oven?

Babe Magrath says: Because I don't know... I'm havin' a bad day.

Dwan says: You know I had my horoscope done before I flew out to Hong Kong. And it said that I was going to cross over water and meet the biggest person in my life.

Rita Thornton says: I chose to stay with him for all the things he's done right; not the one thing he's done wrong. I chose to forgive him

Rita Thornton says: I chose to stay with him for all the things he's done right; not the one thing he's done wrong. I chose to forgive him.

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels says: I am a little nervous.

Julie says: Just think of them something friendly.

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels says: What?

Julie says: Like a firing squad.

Patsy Cline says: I can't stand it. It makes me wanna scream and claw my face.

Patsy Cline says: I can't stand it. Makes me want to scream and claw my face.

Sandra Bloom (Senior) says: I don't think I'll ever dry out.