Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, two-time Academy
Award winner JESSICA LANGE (Roberta) has dazzled the screen with over 30
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
She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Award
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 Oscar for Supporting Actress. In
1994, Lange won her second Oscar for Best Actress in Blue Sky, which she
starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Following her previous dynamic performances, 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 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading
Role. Success continued with Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both which garnered her
Academy Award nominations and an additional Golden Globe nomination 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 included 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, Lange 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. In 2006, she 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. Next she dabbed into TV with the
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."
Following her Emmy win for Grey Gardens, Lange starred in the TV series American
Horror Story with Glee producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. She won a Golden
Globe, SAG Award, and Emmy Award in 2012 for her portrayal as character
"Constance Langdon." Referred to as a "psycho sexual thriller," the show
premiered its 1st installment on FX in October 2011.
For the second installment, FX's American Horror Story: Asylum, Lange played
"Sister Jude," a no-nonsense nun who runs a mental institution. Yet again, Lange
garnered rave reviews for her character portrayal, earning her 2013 Golden Globe
and SAG Awards nominations.
In the third installment, American Horror Story: Coven, Jessica starred as
"Fiona Goode," Supreme witch of the Salem descendants. Her mesmerizing
performance earned her the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead
Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, as well as 2014 Golden Globe and SAG Awards
Lange was recently seen on-screen in Charlie Stratton's remake of Emile Zola's
erotic thriller, In Secret. She starred as "Madam Raquin," the overbearing aunt
to Elizabeth Olsen's character "Therese." In Secret premiered on February 6,
Lange currently stars in the fourth installment of American Horror Story: Freak
Show. Lange is set to play Elsa Mars, a German expatriate who owns one of the
last remaining freak shows in America.
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