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Jessica Lange is an award-winning American actress best known for her roles in King Kong, Tootsie and Grey Gardens.
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The movie centered on womanizing dancer Joe Gideon, played by Roy Scheider, who is coming to grips with mortality. Lange played the angel of death in Gideon's fantasy world. The role was panned by critics, but brought the actress back to the attention of Hollywood. The next year,
she landed a lead role in the comedy How To Beat The High Cost of Living. But it was her lead role starring across from Jack Nicolson as Cora in the remake of the 1940's classic The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) that got the attention of critics and viewers. Lange's performance earned rave reviews, and audiences loved her. She was finally on her way to stardom. That same year, Lange gave birth to her and Baryshnikov's first and only child together, a daughter named Alexandra.
The next year proved to be a momentous one for Lange. Her performance in the biopic Frances, in which she portrayed actress Frances Farmer, earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress. It was on the set of Frances that Lange met playwright and actor, Sam Shepard. As her relationship with Baryshnikov unraveled, Lange and Shepard began falling in love. They moved into together later that year. That same year she also won an Oscar for best Supporting Actress in the comedy Tootsie (1982), co-starring Dustin Hoffman and Terri Garr. No actress had been nominated twice in one year since Teresa Wright in 1942. Lange was finally coming into her own as an A-list actress.
Jessica Lange continued to shine in performances throughout the 80s and 90s in films such as Sweet Dreams (1984), Music Box (1989) and Men Don't Leave (1990). In 1994, she won yet another Academy Award—this time for the Best Actress in the film Blue Sky (1994).
Lange continued to dazzle viewers in 1995 in dramas such as Losing Isaiah with Halle Berry and Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson. That same year, her performance as Blanche DuBois in the television adaptation of the Tennesee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), co-starring with Alec Baldwin, won her a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination. In 1997, critics acknowledged Lange's acting talents again in the film A Thousand Acres, for which she would earn a Golden Globe nod.
In 2003, Lange's performance as Irma Applewood in the film Normal earned her nominations for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Lange then performed alongside actor Bill Murray in the 2005 independent film, Broken Flowers.
In recent years, Lange has given several impressive performances on television. She played Edie Ewing Beale in the 2009 biopic, Grey Gardens. Lange co-starred with Drew Barrymore in this television film about a real-life mother and daughter living an eccentric life in a rundown mansion. She won an Emmy Award for her work on the project. Three years later, Lange netted her latest Golden Globe for her supporting role on American Horror Story. Critics have hailed her scene-stealing turn as Constance, the oddball neighbor, to the family living in a house haunted by his dark and brutal past.
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