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Jessica Lange is a Actor and Producer American born on 20 april 1949 at Cloquet (USA)

Jessica Lange

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Birth name Jessica Phyllis Lange
Nationality USA
Birth 20 april 1949 (75 years) at Cloquet (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Jessica Phyllis Lange (/læŋ/; born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in film, theater and television. The recipient of several awards, including two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award and three Dorian Awards, Lange is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of her generation.

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, for which she won her first Golden Globe Award. In 1982, she became the first performer in forty years to receive two Oscar nominations within the same year; she won her second Golden Globe Award and 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, for Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Music Box (1989), before her sixth Oscar nomination — and a win, along with her third Golden Globe Award — for her performance as a manic depressive housewife in Blue Sky (1994). Her other films include All That Jazz (1979), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Crimes of the Heart (1986), Men Don't Leave (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Rob Roy (1995), A Thousand Acres (1997), Cousin Bette (1998), Titus (1999), Big Fish (2003), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Bonneville (2006), The Vow (2012), In Secret (2013), The Gambler (2014) and Wild Oats (2015).

She made her Broadway debut playing Blanche DuBois in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, and made her West End debut in her reprise of that role in 1996. Other stage roles include the 2000 West End revival of Long Day's Journey into Night, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination as Best Actress, the 2005 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and the 2016 Broadway revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. She won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' famed aunt, Big Edie, in HBO's Grey Gardens (2009), while she won her first Screen Actors Guild Award, fifth Golden Globe Award, and second and third Emmy Awards for her performances in the first and third seasons of FX's anthology horror show, American Horror Story (2011–2015).

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. In 2014, Marc Jacobs chose her to be the premiere model of his new high-end beauty line, Marc Jacobs Beauty.


Lange was married to photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande from 1970 to 1981. Though they separated not long after moving to Europe during the mid-1970s, they did not divorce until the early 1980s after which Lange paid him an undisclosed sum in alimony. From 1976 to 1982, she was partnered with renowned Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, with whom she had her first child, Aleksandra ("Shura") Baryshnikov (born 1981). During that time, she was also sporadically linked with Bob Fosse. The two remained friends up until his death. In 1982, she met and entered a relationship with playwright Sam Shepard. They had two children, Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Samuel Walker (born 1987), and lived together in Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota, and eventually New York City, before separating in 2009.

Though she does not follow any set religion, she periodically practices Buddhism. She once admitted, "It's been a discipline that makes sense more than anything because it's like a science. I've never been a religious person. I've always looked for some kind of spiritual meaning. I didn't grow up going to church. My mother's family were atheists and my father's side was confused."

Lange has also revealed that she suffers from severe bouts of depression, once admitting, "I have never been a believer in psychoanalysis or therapy or anything like that. I've never done that." She confessed, "Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative. That's the well I'm able to tap into, where all the anguish, rage and sadness are stored."


In 2008, Lange published her own collection of black-and-white pictures entitled 50 Photographs (powerHouse Books) with a special introduction by Patti Smith. An exhibition of her work, along with a series of her films, was presented at the oldest international museum of photography and film, the George Eastman House, after which Lange was presented with the first George Eastman House Honors Award in 2009. In 2010, she published a second collection of photographs, In Mexico. Most recently she released a children's picture book called It's About a Little Bird (2013), while for the first time in Russia, she exhibited in Moscow's Multimedia Art Museum in 2014.

Humanitarian work and political views
Lange is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), specializing in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in spreading awareness of the disease in Russia.

She has also been a public critic of former U.S. President George W. Bush, once calling his administration, "a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence," and has been a fervent human rights supporter of the Buddhist monks in Nepal.

In the early 1990s, she fostered a Romanian child with disabilities.

Best films

The Vow (2012)
Cape Fear (1991)
Tootsie (1982)
Big Fish (2003)
King Kong (1976)
Broken Flowers (2005)

Usually with

Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
(5 films)
John Goodman
John Goodman
(5 films)
Michael Sucsy
Michael Sucsy
(2 films)
Irwin Winkler
Irwin Winkler
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jessica Lange (45 films)

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Wild Oats
Wild Oats (2016)

Directed by Andy Tennant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Demi Moore, Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Connolly, Alan Arkin, Santiago Segura
Roles Maddie
Rating57% 2.854082.854082.854082.854082.85408
When a woman accidentally receives a life insurance check for $5,000,000 instead of $50,000, her friend convinces her to keep the money and they both end up on a mad dash towards the Canary Islands.
The Gambler, 1h51
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael K.Williams, Emory Cohen
Roles Roberta
Rating59% 2.999142.999142.999142.999142.99914
Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a Los Angeles literature professor with a severe gambling addiction caused by his view of the world as either having it all or having nothing. He ends up owing $240,000 to Lee (Alvin Ing), the proprietor of an underground gambling ring, and another $50,000 to Neville Baraka (Michael K. Williams), a loan shark. Lee gives Bennett seven days to pay off his debts or be murdered.
In Secret
In Secret (2013)
, 1h46
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Tom Felton, Elizabeth Olsen, Mackenzie Crook, Lily Laight, Jessica Lange, Shirley Henderson
Roles Madame Raquin
Rating61% 3.0510053.0510053.0510053.0510053.051005
In the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Thérèse Raquin is a sexually repressed beautiful young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, having been forced into it by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Thérèse spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring friend Laurent LeClaire, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences. Camille soon dies during an outing on the lake with Laurent and Therese, which is revealed to be their doing as Laurent physically beat Camille while he was in the water, causing him to drown. Madame Raquin finds it difficult to come to terms with her son's death and is incapacitated by a stroke. To escape being sentenced for murder, Laurent and Therese choose to take their own lives and they drink poison mixed with champagne, dying in front of Madame Raquin.
The Vow
The Vow (2012)
, 1h44
Directed by Michael Sucsy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Wendy Crewson, Jessica Lange
Roles Rita Thornton
Rating68% 3.4041353.4041353.4041353.4041353.404135
Paige Collins (Rachel McAdams) and her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) come out of a movie theater. On their way home, at a stop sign, Paige unbuckles her seatbelt to lean over and kiss Leo. At that very moment, a truck rams their car from behind and Paige crashes through the windshield. Both of them are rushed to the emergency room, and as Leo, in a voice-over talks about how "moments of impact help in finding who we are" the movie cuts to how Paige and Leo first met. The scenes of how they courted, proposed and married at the Art Institute of Chicago and share a kiss under the Cloud Gate are interwoven with the present.
Grey Gardens
Directed by Michael Sucsy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about films, Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Malcolm Gets, Daniel Baldwin, Kenneth Welsh
Roles Big Edie
Rating73% 3.696053.696053.696053.696053.69605
The film is based on the life stories of the eccentric paternal aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy, both named Edith Bouvier Beale. The elder Edith Bouvier Beale was the sister of Jackie Kennedy's father John Vernou Bouvier III and was referred to as "Big Edie", her daughter was referred to as "Little Edie". The Beale women were members of NYC high society, but in their later years, withdrew from the New York City life, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home/estate Grey Gardens.
Far North
Far North (2008)
, 1h29
Directed by Asif Kapadia
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians
Actors Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Krusiec, Sean Bean, Donald Moffat, Charles Durning, Patricia Arquette
Rating60% 3.049933.049933.049933.049933.04993
The film opens up with a voiceover of a woman named Saiva telling the listener that a shaman said she was cursed at birth and would bring harm to anyone she cared for. While she and a young woman named Anja are camping in a subarctic region of Siberia, in desperation, she takes one of her sled dogs and slits after calming it, slits it throat, foreshadowing the shaman's prophecy about her birth. She and Anja then set out to relocate their camp. On the way, they almost get caught by Soviet/Russian soldiers. Fearing the worst, Saiva ventures out with Anja into the far north to the arctic tundra, passing abandoned telephone wire trees and to the area where she believes no one would ever find them. After a long paddle north, they pitch camp on a beach, where they set up their yurt.
Sybil (2007)
, 3h18
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children, Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Films about child abuse
Actors Tammy Blanchard, Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams, Ron White, Fab Filippo, Brian Downey
Roles Dr. Cornelia Wilbur
Rating68% 3.4404853.4404853.4404853.4404853.440485
Le film est basé sur le livre Sybil de Flora Rheta Schreiber paru en 1973. Sybil Dorsett est une jeune femme diplômée qui souffre d'étranges absences et demande de l'aide à une psychiatre : le Dr Cornelia Wilbur. On suit la longue psychothérapie de Sybil, au cours de laquelle la thérapeute va mettre en évidence un trouble de la personnalité multiple, en l'occurrence, chez Sybil, ce sont dix-sept personnalités différentes qui prennent le contrôle d'elle-même. Certaines sont psychotiques et veulent la tuer. Ces troubles sont liés à des abus sexuels durant l'enfance. La thérapie va mener à la réintégration progressive de ces personnalités en une seule.
Bonneville (2006)
, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk
Roles Arvilla Holden
Rating60% 3.0463.0463.0463.0463.046
When Arvilla Holden's considerably older husband Joe dies while the two are vacationing in Borneo, she has his remains cremated and returns with them to their home in Pocatello, Idaho with plans to scatter them as he wished. Joe's resentful daughter Francine from his first marriage demands Arvilla relinquish the ashes so they can be buried in the family crypt in Montecito, California and threatens to sell Arvilla's home, which was left to Francine in her father's original will, unless she cooperates. Arvilla grudgingly agrees and invites her best friends, single and lonely Margene, a former teacher who lost her job because she advocated birth control to her students, and married Carol, a devout Mormon, to accompany her to the memorial service.
Broken Flowers, 1h46
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton
Roles Carmen
Rating70% 3.5487353.5487353.5487353.5487353.548735
Don Johnston (Bill Murray), a former Don Juan who made a small fortune in the computer industry, wants to live in quiet retirement. He is content to lounge around watching old movies and listening to classical or easy listening music. His current girlfriend, Sherry (Julie Delpy), is ending their relationship and moving out of his house when a letter in a pink envelope arrives. After she walks out, Don reads the letter; it purports to be from an unnamed former girlfriend, informing him that he has a son who is nearly nineteen years old, and who may be looking for him. Initially, Don does not intend to do anything about it, but his busybody neighbor Winston (Jeffrey Wright), who is a mystery novel enthusiast, urges Don to investigate. Winston researches the current locations of the five women most likely to have written the letter and gives Don the information along with maps and flight reservations, and persuades him to visit them.
The Peace!
The Peace! (2005)
, 48minutes
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Children's films
Actors Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Ossie Davis, Danny Schechter
Roles Self
Rating70% 3.5431853.5431853.5431853.5431853.543185
The Peace Tree tells the story of two little girls, one Muslim and one Christian, who dream of celebrating each other’s festivals, Christmas and Eid. But when they share their dreams, they are met with resistance from their parents who express their concerns. Through their struggles, they create a unique symbol—The Peace Tree, a tree that highlights the symbols from all our cultures and faiths to reflect the beauty of "diversity in unity". The Peace Tree shares the voices of the children who try to enlighten their parents to the importance of sharing and celebrating diversity together.
Neverwas (2005)
, 1h48
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Joshua Michael Stern
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Actors Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming
Roles Katherine Pierson
Rating64% 3.247873.247873.247873.247873.24787
Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who leaves a job at a prestigious university to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, Millwood, belonging to Dr. Reed (William Hurt). What he doesn't reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the very place where his novelist father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), spent many years of his life as he battled chronic depression. T.L. later wrote a popular children's classic, Neverwas, about a child (based on young Zach himself) who enters a secret world to free a captive king. T.L. later committed suicide; Riley, who found the body, has always partly blamed himself for his father's death.
Don't Come Knocking, 1h52
Directed by Wim Wenders
Origin German
Genres Drama, Musical, Western
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk
Roles Doreen
Rating65% 3.297583.297583.297583.297583.29758
Shepard stars as Howard Spence, an aging, hard-living Western movie star, who, disgusted with his life, flees by horse from the set of his latest western filming in the desert outside Moab, Utah. He hits the road looking for refuge in his past, traveling to his hometown of Elko, Nevada and, eventually, to Butte, Montana, looking for a woman (Jessica Lange) he left behind twenty years before when he was filming a movie there. Also converging on Butte is a young woman named Sky (Sarah Polley), returning her late mother's ashes to her hometown and conducting a search of her own.
Masked and Anonymous, 1h52
Directed by Larry Charles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Penélope Cruz, Luke Wilson, Jessica Lange
Roles Nina Veronica
Rating53% 2.651032.651032.651032.651032.65103
An iconic rock legend, Jack Fate (Bob Dylan), is bailed out of prison to perform a one-man benefit concert for a decaying future North American society. The film touches on many subjects from the futility of politics, the confusion of loosely strung government conspiracies, and the chaos created by both anarchy and Nineteen Eighty-Four-styled totalitarianism. It further reflects on life, dreams, and God's place in a seemingly increasingly chaotic world.
Big Fish
Big Fish (2003)
, 2h5
Directed by Tim Burton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Films about families, Wolves in film, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Werewolves in film, Political films
Actors Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman
Roles Sandra Bloom (senior)
Rating79% 3.9981653.9981653.9981653.9981653.998165
At his son's wedding party, Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) tells the same tall tale he's told many times over the years: on the day Will (Billy Crudup) was born, he was out catching an enormous uncatchable fish, using his wedding ring as bait. Will is annoyed, explaining to his wife Joséphine (Marion Cotillard) that because his father lives in a fantasy world and has never told the straight truth about anything, he felt unable to trust him. He is troubled to think that he might have a similarly difficult relationship with his future children. Will's relationship with his father becomes so strained that they do not talk for three years. But when his father's health starts to fail from cancer, Will and the now pregnant Joséphine return to his hometown in Alabama to visit. On the plane, Will recalls his father's tale of how he braved a swamp as a child after he was dared by a few other children. He meets a witch (Helena Bonham Carter). She shows Don Price and another boy how they were going to die. They run away, frightened. When the witch shows Edward his death in her glass eye, he accepts it without fear. With this knowledge, Edward knew there were no odds he could not face.
Normal (2003)
, 1h50
Directed by Jane Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jessica Lange, Tom Wilkinson, Clancy Brown, Hayden Panettiere, Richard Bull, Joseph Sikora
Roles Irma Applewood
Rating70% 3.5460653.5460653.5460653.5460653.546065
Applewood (Tom Wilkinson), after fainting on the night of his 25th marriage anniversary, shocks his wife Irma (Jessica Lange) by revealing that he suffers from gender dysphoria and plans to transition into living as a woman and be renamed Ruth. While Ruth tries to keep the family together, Irma's initial reaction is to separate from him. Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere), their daughter, is more accepting, but Wayne (Joe Sikora), their son, struggles with the transition.