From her film debut more than 40 years ago in the splashy remake of “King Kong,” Jessica Lange has become one of our most distinguished and honored actresses. With her lengthy award-winning career continuing in 2017 as screen icon Joan Crawford in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan”, Lange returns to the Emmys once more, having already won three statues — as Big Edie in HBO’s 2009 remake of the Maysles Brothers’ classic documentary “Grey Gardens” and two Emmys for the FX anthology series “American Horror Story,” for its premiere 2011 season and for 2013’s “Coven.”
In between film and television roles, Lange has even found time to squeeze in appearances on stage, both in London’s West End and on Broadway. In fact, her four-hour performance in the 2016 revival of Eugene O’Neill‘s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” garnered Lange her first Tony Award on her very first nomination.
It is with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that Lange has scored her greatest success, as they encompass both her film and television work. Lange has been nominated for 15 Golden Globe Awards — seven for film with three wins (“King Kong,” “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky”) and eight for television, winning two Globes (for the TV adaptation of Tennessee Williams‘ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the first season of “American Horror Story”).
But the medium that gave Lange her illustrious start was film, and that’s where this photo gallery is focused — on the movies and the hard work (plus two Oscars for “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky”) that have helped to make Lange an icon on stage and on both film and television screen for the last four decades. Let’s take a look at her 12 greatest film performances with the gallery above.
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