Jessica Lange

Born Apr 20, 1949

Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has worked in film, theatre and television. The recipient of multiple awards, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, two Emmys and one Screen Actors Guild Award, Lange was regarded as one of the greatest actresses of the 90's. Lange was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis and made her professional film debut in 1976's King Kong.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jessica Lange.


1949 Birth Born on April 20, 1949.


1967 18 Years Old In 1967, she received an art scholarship to study art and photography at the University of Minnesota, where she met and began dating Spanish photographer Paco Grande. After the two married in 1971, Lange left college to pursue a more bohemian lifestyle, opting to travel throughout the United States and Mexico in a minivan with Grande. … Read More


1970 21 Years Old Lange was married to photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande from 1970 to 1981. … Read More
1973 24 Years Old While sharing an apartment with Jerry Hall and Grace Jones, she was discovered by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and subsequently became a model for the Wilhelmina modelling agency. In 1973, she returned to the States and began work in New York City as a waitress at the Lion's Head Tavern in Greenwich Village. … Read More
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 for New Star of the Year.


In 1982, she became the first performer in 40 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. … Read More
1984 35 Years Old Lange next produced and starred, again opposite Shepard, in 1984's Country, a topical film depicting a family during the farm crisis. … Read More
1985 36 Years Old At the close of 1985, she portrayed legendary country singer Patsy Cline in Karel Reisz's biopic, Sweet Dreams, opposite Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, and John Goodman. … Read More


1989 40 Years Old In 1989, she starred in Costa-Gavras' Music Box Lange played a Hungarian lawyer defending her father of Nazi war crimes. … Read More
1992 43 Years Old In 1992, Lange starred in a television adaptation of Willa Cather's O Pioneers!, receiving her seventh Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. … Read More
1994 45 Years Old In 1994, Lange was lauded for her performance as a manic depressive army wife in the 1960s in Tony Richardson's final film, Blue Sky.
In 1995, Lange became the second actress in Oscar history, after Meryl Streep, to win Best Actress after winning Best Supporting Actress; a record she held for nearly 20 years before being succeeded by Cate Blanchett in 2014. … Read More
1996 47 Years Old In 1996, Lange made her London stage debut in another performance as Blanche DuBois, which received rave reviews. … Read More
1998 49 Years Old In 1998, she starred opposite Elisabeth Shue in a film adaptation of Balzac's Cousin Bette, for which she received strong reviews. … Read More


1999 50 Years Old Lange received strong reviews for her performance in Titus, Julie Taymor's 1999 adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Alan Cumming. … Read More
2001 52 Years Old She appeared mostly in supporting roles thereafter, most notably opposite Christina Ricci in the 2001 adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's best-selling memoir on depression, Prozac Nation. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old She later starred with Tammy Blanchard in a remake of Sybil in 2007. … Read More


2011 62 Years Old She was chosen by TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, and MTV for giving one of the "best performances of 2011". … Read More
2012 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, she had a supporting role in her Grey Gardens director Michael Suscy's box-office hit The Vow, opposite Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, but also returned to star as the lead in the second season of American Horror Story, titled American Horror Story: Asylum.
Lange began 2014 by being honored with a nomination for a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, though she has yet to claim it. … Read More
2015 66 Years Old In 2015, Lange announced that she would not return for the series' fifth season.
2016 67 Years Old In 2016, Lange garnered her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her critically acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival of Long Day's Journey into Night. … Read More
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