Jessica Lange Biography

Updated On Aug 20, 2018 Published On Aug 20, 2018
Facts of Jessica Lange
Date of Birth: 1949 , April-20
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Jessica Lange
Birth Name Jessica Phyllis Lange
Father Albert John Lange
Mother Dorothy Florence
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Cloquet, Minnesota
Religion Buddhism
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Net Worth $15 million
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Weight in KG 54 kg
Famous for A Streetcar Named Desire
Married yes
Married to Paco Grande, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bob Fosse, Sam Shepard
Children 3
Divorce Yes
Education University of Minnesota
Awards Academy Award, Emmy Award
Sisters 2
Siblings 1
Books 50 Photographs,In Mexico,It’s About a Little Bird
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Jessica Lange is an American actress and has won several awards; two Academy Awards, Five Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Awards, and many others.

Jessica was born on April 20, 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Albert John Lange and Dorothy Florence. She has a younger brother and two elder sisters. Her father was a traveling salesman, and due to the nature of his profession, Jessica and her family were always on the move.

Jessica studied and graduated from Cloquet High School, and in 1967, she got a scholarship to study art and photography at the University of Minnesota. She then moved from the United States to Paris with her then-husband Paco Grande where she studied mime theatre and joined Opéra-Comique as a dancer.

After her return to New York in 1973, she got her breakthrough role in the movie King Kong in 1975, when producer Dino De Laurentiis contacted her modeling agency. The movie was a huge success but had negative reviews for Jessica.

In 1979, she again got a role in an autobiography named All That Jazz, and the director Bob Fossee especially wrote a part for her. She then got a lead role in the comedy movie How to Beat the High Cost of Living. Her major movie was The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) in which she played the role of Cora alongside Jack Nicholson, who was married to Sandra Knight.

She then acted in Frances, a biopic which earned her a nomination for Best Actress. She has won an Oscar for best-supporting actress for the comedy film Tootsie(1982). In 1994, she won another Academy Award as best actress for drama Blue Sky(1994). Her role of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) also earned her a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination  Her other notable movies include Sweet Dreams (1984), and Music Box (1989).

Jessica has also acted in many other movies like Losing Isaiah(1995), Thousand Acres(1997), Titus(1999), Normal(2003) and Broken Flowers(2005) alongside Bill Murray.

She has also been a part of the successful television series. She played Edie Ewing Beale in Grey Gardens, where she acted with Drew Barrymore and also won an Emmy Award for her work. She also got an Emmy for her supporting role in American Horror Story. Her other works in TV include Long Day's Journey Into Night and the FX's series Feud.

Talking about her personal life, Lange was married in 1970 to photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande with whom she divorced in 1981. She then got in a relationship with Mikhail Baryshnikov, a ballet dancer from 1976-1982 and together she gave birth to her first daughter, Aleksandra "Shura" Baryshnikov in 1981

Then in 1982, she started her relationship with actor and playwright Sam Shephard, With him, she has two children, Hannah(1985) and Samuel(1987). The couple separated in 2009, and their divorce was finalized in 2011.

Jessica has also published two books namely 50 Photographs and In Mexico. She is also a writer of children's picture book, It’s About a Little Bird. Her net worth as of 2018 is estimated to be $15 million.

Jessica Lange facts on timeline

Born in Cloquet, Minnesota

April 20 , 1949

Jessica Lange was born on April 20, 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota to parents Albert John Lange and Dorothy Florence

Scholarship in University of Minnesota


She studied and graduated from Cloquet High School, and in 1967, she got a scholarship to study art and photography in the University of Minnesota

Breakthrough role in King Kong


Jessica got her breakthrough role in the movie King Kong in 1975 when her modeling agency was contacted by producer Dino De Laurentiis.

Role in All That Jazz


After King Kong, she got a chance to act in an autobiography All That Jazz, in 1979 where director Bob Fossee especially wrote a part of her character.

Major role in The Postman Always Rings Twice


Jessica's major movie was The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) in which she played the role of Cora, alongside Jack Nicholson.

Oscar for Tootsie


Jessica won her first Oscar Award for the comedy film Tootsie in 1982 for best supporting actress

Another Academy Award Blue Sky


In 1994, Jessica Lange won her another Academy Award as best actress for drama Blue Sky (1994).

Married to Francisco "Paco" Grande


Lange was married in 1970 to photographer Francisco "Paco" Grande, with whom she traveled quite a time before achieving fame.

Divorced Francisco "Paco" Grande


Soon after spending some time in France, Grande and Jessica parted ways and finally got divorced in 1981.

Started her relation with Mikhail Baryshnikov


In 1976 she started her relationship with  Mikhail Baryshnikov,   a ballet dancer whom she met before her divorce with her ex-husband.

Gave birth to Aleksandra "Shura" Baryshnikov


In 1981, she gave birth to her first daughter, Aleksandra "Shura" Baryshnikov, with husband Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Parted with Mikhail Baryshnikov


She separated from her then-husband/partner Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, though there are no signs of a divorce.

Married to Sam Shepard


In 1982, Jessica met actor and playwright Sam Wright, with whom she got in a relationship, with whom she has two children.

Divorced Sam Shepard


After spending 27 years together, Jessica and Sam Shepard decided to separate in 2009 and their divorce was finalized in 2011.

Net worth is $15 million.


As of 2018, Jessica Lange's net worth is estimated to be around $15 million, which can all be credited to her career in acting.