Jessica Lange - Updated Jul 2024

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Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange is a popular and award-winning actress from the United States. Jessica Lange is recognized for her roles in “King Kong,” “Tootsie,” “Grey Gardens,” and “American Horror Story.”

Early Life

Born as Jessica Phyllis Lange, better known as Jessica Lange was born on the 20th of April 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, the United States. She holds American nationality and practices Buddhism religion. According to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Taurus and she is currently 74 years old as of 2024.

Caption: Jessica Lange with her father (Source: Pinterest)

She was born as the third child among four children of Dorothy Florence (mother) and Albert John Lange (father). Her father was a teacher and traveling salesman while her mother was a housewife.

In addition, she grew up with two older sisters, Jane and Ann, and a younger brother, George. Her family relocated more than a dozen times to various towns and cities in Minnesota before settling in her hometown due to the nature of her father’s professions.

Jessica Lange – Education

Talking about her academic qualifications, she graduated from Cloquet High School. She was awarded a scholarship to study art and photography at the University of Minnesota in 1967.

However, she later dropped out of college to pursue a more bohemian lifestyle, traveling through the United States and Mexico in a microbus with Grande.

Meanwhile, she studied mime theatre under the supervision of Étienne Decroux and joined the Opéra-Comique as a dancer. She later studied acting in New York City with Mira Rostova at HB Studio.

Professional Career

Initially, Jessica Lange began her career as a model at the Wilhelmina modeling agency. Later, she moved into acting and made her film debut in the 1976 flick “King Kong.” Following this, she was cast as the Angel of Death in “All That Jazz,” a semi-autobiographical film.

She co-starred in the 1980 film “How to Beat the High Cost of Living” with Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin. Additionally, she was offered the starring role in the film “The Postman Always Rings Twice” a year later.

In 1982, she played the title role of actress Frances Farmer in the biographical film “Frances.” After two years, she produced and starred in the topical film “Country.” She was then cast in the film “Sweet Dreams” as Patsy Cline. Later, she appeared in profile movies “Crimes of the Heart,” “Far North,” and “Everybody’s All-American” in the late 1980s.

She played key roles in the films “Losing Isaiah,” “Rob Roy” and “A Thousand Acres” in the mid-1990s. Then, she acted in the horror film “Hush” and the comedy-drama film “Cousin Bette” in 1998.

Other Movies appearances

The actress appeared in the 1999 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play “Titus Andronicus.” ‘”Titus,” the film, also starred Alan Cumming and Anthony Hopkins. In 2001, she appeared in the film “Prozac Nation.” Similarly, she was cast in movies such as “Masked and Anonymous” and “Big Fish.”

She appeared in the movies “Broken Flowers” and “Don’t Come Knocking” in 2005. She appeared in Grey Gardens filmmaker Michael Suscy’s box-office success “The Vow” in 2012, alongside Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.

In addition, she replaced Glenn Close in Charlie Stratton’s film adaption of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, titled “In Secret,” co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac, and Matt Lucas, for which she earned good reviews.

She starred in Neil Jordan’s 2022 “Marlowe,” based on the novel The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by John Banville and co-starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger. Similarly, she currently has two feature films in post-production.


Besides her big-screen works, she has also worked in TV series and TV movies. She starred in TV films such as “O Pioneers!” (1992), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1995), and “Normal” (2003). She received her first Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 for her performance as Big Edie in HBO’s “Grey Gardens” (2009).

Caption: The poster 2009 biopic TV film, Grey Gardens (Source:

Moreover, she rose to prominence after acting in FX’s horror anthology “American Horror Story” (2011-2015, 2018), for which she received two further Primetime Emmys for the first and third seasons.

She was nominated for her ninth Emmy Award for her portrayal of Joan Crawford in the 2017 miniseries Feud. Moreover, she earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2016 for her performance in the Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night.


Moreover, she is also a photographer who has five photography books published. She has been a foster parent, and she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador concentrating on HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia.


Lange has two Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award to her name. She has also won five Golden Globes out of sixteen nominations. Lange, together with Helen Mirren, holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has recognized her.

Net Worth 2024

This prominent actress has made a huge sum of money through her acting profession and lives a comfortable lifestyle. As of 2024, her net worth is estimated at around $20 million while her annual salary and income are still under review.

Relationship Status

Jessica Lange is a divorced and single woman. She married Spanish photographer Francisco Grande in 1970. The couple began dating during their college time and later married. They divorced in 1982 after splitting up in the mid-1970s.

Caption: Shura Baryshnikov, Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Hannah Shepard,d and Walker Shepard in 2006 (Source: DRAGON)

Later, Lange dated Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. With the relationship, they had one kid, Aleksandra. She met playwright Sam Shepard in 1982 and had two children, Hannah and Samuel. They separated in 2009 after living in different places.

Jessica Lange – Body Measurements

Caption: Jessica Lange attending a program (Source: Hollywood Life)

This beautiful woman stands 5 feet 8 inches tall (1.73 m) and weighs around 63 kg  (129 lbs). In addition, she has a pair of hazel eyes with blonde hair color and her body measurement is 36-24-36 inches.

Social Media

Officially, this actress is not active on social media platforms. However, fans have created several fan pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.