Jessica Lange is a beautiful woman. Now mind you that I don’t mean that she was a beauty at the age of 27 when she was unceremoniously undressed by that over-sized and amorous ape King Kong (1976); nor do I mean that she is a beauty now at the age of 64 and going strong in her third season of the hit FX series American Horror Story. No, what I mean is that Jessica Lange is a beautiful woman, period.
Born April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, Miss Lange decided to forgo a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota to travel to Paris to study drama. She was given her big break when she was cast as Dwan by producer Dino De Laurentiis in the aforementioned remake of the 1933 classic King Kong. Not stopping at one film, Jessica went on to star in films as diverse as All That Jazz (1979), Tootsie, for which she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (1982), Frances (1982), Music Box (1989), Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear (1991), Blue Sky, for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award (1994) and Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). Besides appearing in American Horror Story, she has appeared on the small screen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984), A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), Sybil (2007) and Grey Gardens (2009).
It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for December 2013: Miss Jessica Lange.
Had a long term relationship with actor Sam Shepard (1982-2009).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#64).
Beat Meryl Streep for the role of Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams (1985), according to Streep. Streep said it was one of the few if not the only role she ever went after. Then later said that she couldn’t however, imagine the movie without her (Lange).
Her performance as Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) is ranked #85 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
“It took Sydney Pollack a long time to get me to do Tootsie (1982). I asked myself if I wanted to play some frothy, ditzy character after I had just done Frances (1982). Obviously, I’m thrilled that I did.”
“All through life, I’ve harbored anger rather than expressed it at the moment. Once I started on Frances (1982), I discovered it was literally a bottomless well. It devastated me to maintain that for eighteen weeks, to be immersed in this state of rage for twelve to eighteen hours a day. It spilled all over, into other areas of my life. I was really hell to be around.”
- American Horror Story: Stevie Nicks Returning to the Coven; Jessica Lange Talks Leaving After Season 4 (dreadcentral.com)
- TVLine’s Performer of the Week: Jessica Lange (horrorboom.com)
- Jessica Lange Is Leaving American Horror Story, We Weep Tears Of Blood (refinery29.com)
- Jessica Lange To Bid Farewell To American Horror Story After Season 4 (popwrapped.wordpress.com)
- Jessica Lange to Depart AMERICAN HORROR STORY after Next Season, Plus New Details on Season 4 (collider.com)
- Newswire: It looks like Jessica Lange is really leaving American Horror Story (avclub.com)
- ‘American Horror Story’: Jessica Lange on why next season will be her last — EXCLUSIVE (mekia78.wordpress.com)
- Ahs Covens Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange & Kathy Bates Cover ‘Ew’ (getmybuzzup.com)
- ‘American Horror Story’ Officially Renewed for Season 4 With Jessica Lange (screenrant.com)
- ‘American Horror Story’ to Lose Jessica Lange After Season 4 (screenrant.com)