k.d. lang

k.d. lang

  • Highest Rated: 71% Salmonberries (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% Eye of the Beholder (2000)
  • Birthday: Nov 2, 1961
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • As a self-described odd duck, k.d. lang has always done things her own unique way. Thinking outside of the box shows in her use of small-case letters for her name, her music, acting, and lifestyle. The Grammy award-winning singer has successfully crossed several musical genres, and added acting to her repertoire of talents.The Canadian-born Kathryn Dawn Lang began performing in the early '80s as k.d. lang with her band, the Reclines. The singer left Edmonton for New York, where she cut her first CD in 1984 and gained a following. With her voice, reminiscent of her inspiration, Patsy Cline, lang parlayed her country sound and a cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying" into stardom and two Grammys in 1988 and 1989. Switching gears to popular rock, she won a Grammy in the Pop Vocals category in 1992, a year after she began her acting career.Fame brought her personal life into the spotlight. Most notable has been lang's work with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and for gay rights. Lang grew up knowing she was a lesbian, but gave notice to the world in an interview in the Advocate in 1992.Her 1991 acting debut in Percy Adlon's film Salmonberries foreshadowed her public stance as a lesbian. Lang plays a woman of Anglo and Inuit heritage, who finds love with a German woman (Rosel Zech) who has come to Alaska after her husband's death. Life has not been particularly kind to either woman; they find compassion and solace in each other's company. Lang's sensitive portrayal of an Alaskan pipeline worker, who forms a deep bond with the town's new librarian, drew critical acclaim.Lang's involvement in films also included work as a singer, songwriter, and musical scorist. Among her credits are songs in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and Sweet November (2001). Lang's lyrical musical score for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues won accolades, even though the movie was not well received by critics or the public. She also produced a musical score for the 1995 documentary Celluloid Closet, which chronicles the treatment of homosexuality in the early days of the film industry.Since the making of Salmonberries, lang has appeared in several other films. She played Michelle in Teresa's Tattoo, a quirky comedy that combines elements of crime and science fiction. Lang also co-starred in a television movie adaptation of a Mario Puzo book. The Last Don profiles the Chicago mob family of Don Domenico Clericuzio, with lang portraying a lesbian film director. In Stephan Elliot's thriller Eye of the Beholder, lang plays Hilary, the assistant to a detective on the trail of a serial stalker and killer. Hilary watches her British Secret Service boss (Ewan McGregor) morph into stalker, murderer, and lover.At the turn of the 21st century, k.d. lang continued to explore film and music, while speaking out for those on society's fringes, a place she herself has always called home.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops Actor 2015
No Score Yet K.D. Lang - Live In London With The BBC Concert Orchestra Actor 2008
33% The Black Dahlia Love for Sale Singer in Laverne's $22.6M 2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic Actor 2006
No Score Yet Tim Festival 2003 Actor 2005
No Score Yet Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee Actor 2004
No Score Yet Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live in San Francisco Actor 2002
No Score Yet K.D. Lang: Live by Request Actor 2001
9% Eye of the Beholder Hilary 2000
No Score Yet In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Last Don Actor 1997
No Score Yet Teresa's Tattoo Michelle 1994
71% Salmonberries Kotzebue 1991
No Score Yet Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Actor 1991
No Score Yet k.d. Lang: Harvest of Seven Years Actor 1991
No Score Yet Young Country Actor 1988
No Score Yet Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special Actor 1988
No Score Yet Roy Orbison and Friends - Black and White Night Actor 1987

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer Appearing
  • 2018
  • 2012
94% Portlandia
2011-2018
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Performer
  • 2014
  • 2011
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Herself
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Performer
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Performer
  • 2010
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Performer
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Herself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
Janine
  • 1997
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1989

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