Jessica Lange has built her distinguished career portraying strong and independent women, which has earned her six Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars®. Raised in Minnesota, she later moved to New York City, where she worked as a model and studied acting. Her modeling career led her to be cast in her first film King Kong. Two years later, she played the Angel of Death in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, followed by her first comedic role in How to Beat the High Cost of Living.
Lange received critical praise for her performance in Bob Rafelson’s remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice opposite Jack Nicholson and earned her first Academy Award® nomination for her next film, 1983’s Frances, based on the dramatic life of Frances Farmer. That same year, in the classic comedy Tootsie, in which she starred opposite Dustin Hoffman, she won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress. It marked the first time in 25 years that an actor had been nominated for two Oscars® in the same year. She went on to both produce and star in Country opposite Sam Shepard, after which she portrayed country western legend, Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams opposite Ed Harris. She received Best Actress nominations for both roles.
Lange next starred in Bruce Beresford’s Crimes of the Heart with Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton, Far North written and directed by Sam Shepard and Taylor Hackford’s Everybody’s All-American opposite Dennis Quaid. For her work in Costa-Gavras’ Music Box she earned her fifth Academy Award® nomination. She starred with Robert De Niro in both Night and the City and Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear.
Lange made her Broadway debut in 1992 as Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ "A Street Car Named Desire" and reprised her role in the 1996 London run of the production. Lange appeared again as Blanche in the CBS Playhouse 90 adaptation opposite Alec Baldwin and John Goodman.
The year 1995 was an exceptional one for Lange. She won the Best Actress honors at both the Academy Awards® and the Golden Globes for her performance in Blue Sky starring with Tommy Lee Jones.
Lange again received critical praise for her performances in A Thousand Acres with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the psychological thriller Hush opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, and Des McAnuff’s adaptation of Balzac’s Cousin Bette. Lange recently starred as Queen Tamora in Julie Taymor’s masterful Titus with Anthony Hopkins and Alan Cummings. She followed this with a hugely successful turn on the London stage in "Long Day’s Journey Into Night."
Recently, she starred with Tom Wilkinson in HBO’s "Normal," for which she received an Emmy nomination, in Prozac Nation with Christina Ricci and opposite Bob Dylan in Masked and Anonymous.