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Jessica Lange

Highest Rated:   100% Grey Gardens (2009)
Lowest Rated:   13% Hush (1998)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Wild Oats
  • Maddie
$22.1k 2016
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • Actor
2016
46% The Gambler
  • Roberta
$18.9M 2014
41% In Secret
  • Madame Raquin
$0.4M 2014
31% The Vow
  • Rita Thornton
$125.1M 2012
100% Grey Gardens
  • Big Edie
2009
No Score Yet Sybil
  • Dr. Cornelia Wilbur
2007
40% Bonneville
  • Arvilla Holden
$0.4M 2006
42% Don't Come Knocking
  • Doreen
$0.4M 2006
14% Neverwas
  • Katherine Pierson
2005
88% Broken Flowers
  • Carmen
$13.6M 2005
29% Prozac Nation
  • Sarah
2005
77% Big Fish
  • Senior Sandra Bloom
$66.3M 2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Nina Veronica
$0.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Peace! DVD
  • Actor
2003
100% Normal
  • Irma Applewood
2003
68% Titus
  • Tamora
1999
41% Cousin Bette
  • Bette Fisher
1998
13% Hush
  • Martha Baring
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Ginny Cook Smith
1997
72% Rob Roy
  • Mary
1995
45% Losing Isaiah
  • Margaret Lewin
1995
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Blanche Dubois
1995
74% Blue Sky
  • Carly Marshall
1994
67% Night and the City
  • Helen Nasseros
1992
76% 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
75% Music Box
  • Ann Talbot
1989
46% Everybody's All-American
  • Babs Rogers
1988
17% Far North
  • Kate
1988
81% Crimes of the Heart
  • Meg Magrath
1986
94% Sweet Dreams
  • Patsy Cline
1985
100% Country
  • Jewell Ivy
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Maggie Pollitt
1984
68% Frances
  • Frances Farmer
1982
89% Tootsie
  • Julie
1982
83% 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
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Louise
1980
85% All That Jazz
  • Angelique
1979
49% King Kong
  • Dwan
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Feud
2016
  • Producer
  • Joan Crawford
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
96% Horace and Pete
2016
  • Marsha
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
2014
  • Elsa Mars
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
76% American Horror Story
2012
  • Sister Jude Martin Constance Fiona Sister Jude Elsa Mars Constance Langdon
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012

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