Fast Facts

  • Won an art scholarship to the University of Minnesota, but dropped out to marry and travel with Spanish photographer Paco Grande.
  • Became interested in acting through studying mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau's teacher.
  • Worked as a model for the Wilhelmina Agency and from that was asked to audition for the 1976 remake of King Kong.
  • Breakthrough role was as a femme fatale opposite Jack Nicholson in The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1981.
  • Became the first actress in over four decades to be nominated for Best Actress (Frances) and Best Supporting Actress (Tootsie) at the Academy Awards in the same year (1982).
  • Made Broadway debut in a 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire; has memorably played Tennessee Williams' three greatest heroines: Blanche DuBois (Streetcar); Maggie (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof);  and Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie).
  • Made first appearance as a TV regular on American Horror Story in 2011.
  • Is an accomplished photographer and has published two books of photos (50 Photographs; In Mexico).
  • Is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
  • Has a Celtic knot tattooed on her left wrist.

Awards

  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee

Relationships

  • Alexandra (Shura) Baryshnikov — Daughter
  • Jane Lange — Sister
  • Samuel Walker Shepard — Son
  • George Lange — Brother
  • Hannah Jane Shepard — Daughter
  • Al Lange — Father
  • Sam Shepard — Ex-significant Other
  • Bob Fosse — Ex-significant Other
  • Dorothy Lange — Mother
  • Paco Grande — Ex-husband
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov — Ex-significant Other

College

  • Attended University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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  • Birth Name: Jessica Phyllis Lange
  • Birth Place: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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