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Jessica Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in film, theatre and television. The recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and one Emmy, Lange is regarded as one of the première female actors of her generation.
Early life and career
Jessica was born in Cloquet, Minnesota on April 20, 1949. The third of four children, she is the daughter of Dorothy Florence (née Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a teacher and traveling salesman; Her maternal grandparents were of Finnish descent, while her paternal grandparents were German and Dutch. Due to the nature of her father's professions, Lange and her family moved often throughout her childhood, though they eventually returned to and settled in Minnesota. As an adolescent, Lange's favorite actresses were Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor. She has also spoken of spending her "sick days" reading Gone with the Wind in bed and reenacting Melanie's deathbed scene obsessively.
Jessica studied art and photography at the University of Minnesota where she formed a relationship with photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande. The two married, and Lange dropped out of university in favor of travelling with Grande throughout the United States, both of them living the "bohemian life" out of a "beat-up van" throughout the late 1960s. She then relocated to Paris, France, where their relationship would eventually end. Lange, however, remained in Paris and would go on to study mime with the renowned Étienne Decroux. In 1973, Lange returned to New York to "witness Nixon get impeached". Supporting herself as a waitress at the Lion's Head Tavern while sharing an apartment with soon-to-be-famous fashion models Jerry Hall and Grace Jones in Manhattan, she was discovered by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, and was briefly a fashion model for the Wilhelmina Models agency before being discovered by Hollywood producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Jessica was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling for Wilhelmina Models, and made her professional film debut in 1976 with King Kong, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year and became the fifth highest-grossing film of the year. She had her first true major critical and financial success, however, with a starring role in 1981’s The Postman Always Rings Twice. The following year, Lange was the first film actor in forty years to receive two Academy Award nominations within the same year; she was nominated for the Best Actress award for her portrayal of former Hollywood actress Frances Farmer in Frances and received the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a soap opera star in the comedy Tootsie, the second-highest grossing picture of 1982.
Follow Up successes on film and stage
Jessica followed it with several critically acclaimed performances throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, garnering several awards and nominations for such films as Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985), Music Box (1989), and the television movie O Pioneers! (1992). She finally won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a manic depressive army wife in Tony Richardson's last film, Blue Sky (1994). The following year, she appeared as Blanche DuBois in CBS's television production of A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she received her fourth Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Emmy Award nomination. Lange was later acknowledged with two nominations of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie for her work in the HBO drama films Normal (2003) and Grey Gardens (2009), among other honors, eventually winning for the latter. Lange currently stars in FX's American Horror Story, which debuted as the network's highest-rated television show premiere ever.
Awards and nominations
In total, Jessica has received six Academy Award nominations, winning two, eleven Golden Globe nominations, winning four, three Emmy nominations, winning one, along with two Screen Actors Guild nominations and one British Academy Film Award nomination. Her work has also earned her a National Society of Film Critics award, a New York Film Critics Circle award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award, a Boston Society of Film Critics award, a Moscow International Film Festival award and a Theater World Award, among several other awards and nominations.
In addition to acting, Jessica is also an award-winning photographer with two published works,] and is a humanitarian, holding a position as a Goodwill Embassador for UNICEF and specializing in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Congo and Russia. She is mother to three adults and is coupled with playwright Sam Shepard.
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