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JESSICA LANGE (Rita Thornton) is acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation. With two Academy Awards®, Jessica Lange has dazzled the screen with over thirty credits to her name.

Lange made her Hollywood debut in John Guillermin's King Kong opposite Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Awards® and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging performances in Frances and in Sydney Pollack's memorable comedy Tootsie starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscars® for Supporting Actress. In 1994, Lange won her first Oscars® for her Best Actress in Blue Sky, which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones.

Lange amazed audiences with projects such as Country, which paired her with Frances co-star Sam Shepard, to tell the story of a struggling farmer and his wife. Lange's performance again earned her Oscars® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Success continued with Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both of which garnered her Academy Awards® nominations and an additional Golden Globe nom for Music Box. In 1996 Lange picked up her first Emmy ® nomination for the made for TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire in which Lange played Blanche DuBois. Lange continued to take diverse roles in acclaimed movies which include Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear alongside Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, and Juliette Lewis; Losing Isaiah opposite Halle Barry; Rob Roy with Liam Neeson; and Tim Burton's Big Fish alongside an outstanding ensemble cast including Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup and Helena Bonham Carter. Lange also appeared in Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray, in which Lange played a former flame of Murray's character.

In 2005, Jessica starred in the independent film Don't Come Knocking. The film, written and co-starring Sam Shepard, marked their first collaboration after over 15 years. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, Don't Come Knocking told the story of a former movie star who finds out he might have a child somewhere in the world and sets out on a journey to find the family he never knew existed. The film was directed by Wim Wenders.

In 2006 Lange starred alongside fellow award winning actresses Joan Allen and Kathy Bates in Bonneville. The film was written by Daniel Davis and Christopher Rowley and directed by Rowley. In 2008, Lange starred alongside Tammy Blanchard in the CBS TV remake of the critically acclaimed Sybil. Lange played Dr. Wilbur, a psychiatrist who attempts to unravel the abusive childhood which results in Sybil (Blanchard) developing a multiple personality disorder.

In 2009, Lange won an Emmy ® Award for her performance in HBO's Grey Gardens. She played 'Big' Edith Bouvier, the eccentric aunt of Jackie Kennedy, alongside Drew Barrymore who played her daughter 'Little' Edith Bouvier

Lange will star in the upcoming The Big Valley as 'Victoria Barkley', the matriarch of the Barkley family. The feature film, based on the original TV show, is set in the 1870's and is the dramatic story of a wealthy ranching family and their conflicts.

Lange recently wrapped production in LA on the TV series "American Horror Story" with "Glee" producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Referred to as a "psycho sexual thriller," the show premiered in October on FX.


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