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They were a couple for nearly 30 years and remained close friends after their split in 2009. Many in the industry revere both Shepard and Lange.
Speaking to The Guardian after their break up, Shepard had this to say about Lange:
“I’ve never known her, ever, to lie about anything. And I couldn’t say that about…About myself. About anybody. Men lie all the time,” he said. “Whereas Jessica has this absolute honesty. I think it’s a direct quality of the Midwest, of that background that she’s from.”
“I’d never met anybody like her,” he continued. “She was astounding. One of the great things about her, aside from her natural beauty, which was remarkable, was her humbleness.”
I wonder, do you think Shepard’s sudden passing will gain Lange any sympathy votes in addition to the massive amount of votes she will receive for giving arguably the best performance of the year?August 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm #1202174169
Nice try.August 3, 2017 at 10:47 pm #1202174170
Ugh, don’t start this up again.August 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm #1202174173
Also, eerily enough, AARP published their cover story of Lange on the morning Shepard’s death was announced. In it, she speaks about Shepard.
Jessica Lange makes me nervous.
Over 40 years of intense, edge-of-madness performances, she’s specialized in playing high-strung characters with dangerous dark sides. At 68, she’s still intimidatingly gorgeous, and as she moves across the backyard of a rented Beverly Hills mansion to meet me, I feel my palms dampen. But then she stops short.
“Look!” she exclaims. “A hammock and a daybed! My favorite things — places to nap.” She drops into the hammock, taking a blissful swing as a hummingbird buzzes overhead. It’s*rare,*and somewhat reassuring, to see Lange in laid-back mode. She’s known, after all, for roles such as the self-destructive actress in*Frances*(1982) and the hermit heiress in HBO’s*Grey Gardens*(2009). Lange portrayed another troubled star, Joan Crawford, in this year’s FX series*Feud.
As an actress, Lange has seldom chosen the easy path, or failed to persist. Propelled by a spirit of adventure, she voyaged from small-town Minnesota to the bohemian outposts of Paris and Manhattan, then to her first Hollywood screen test. Panned for her movie debut, as the damsel in distress in 1976’s*King Kong,*she kept honing her skills until she was ready for something better. After a slew of acclaimed films, she made her first Broadway foray at 43; when that production got poor reviews, she kept returning to the stage until she earned raves. She took on Shakespeare at 50 and plunged into series television at 62. Along the way she’s picked up two Oscars (best supporting actress, Tootsie; best actress, Blue Sky), five Golden Globes, three Emmys and — in 2016 for her role in Long Day’s Journey Into Night — a Tony for best actress.
Lange has been just as bold off the set. She threw herself into long-term liaisons with larger-than-life men — dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, who gave her a daughter, and playwright-actor Sam Shepard, with whom she had a son and a daughter before they separated in 2009. Fiercely protective of her family’s privacy, she raised her kids in rural hideaways but has never hesitated to venture forth when the cause is right: Since 2003, she has served as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
Lange announced in 2013 that she was thinking of retiring, yet has shown no sign of slowing down. Her staying power isn’t just about the boom in meaty roles for older actresses on television. “It’s the desire to do something brave,” she says, “to be challenged.”
She reflects on a number of big times in her life.
The Meaning of Home Cloquet, Minnesota
My father was a traveling salesman and a teacher, and we moved around a lot. I went to eight different schools — I was always the new girl in town, the outsider looking in. I’ve felt that way my whole life, like I never belonged in one particular place. The imagination was my escape and my entertainment. That’s what acting still is for me.*
Disastrous Movie, Gritty Response, King Kong, 1976
Getting cast in the Fay Wray role was such a fluke. I was just back from Paris, and all skin and bones with a*white Afro, and they took one look at me and said, “She’s not right.” But then they flew me out to MGM to put me on camera — what did they have to lose? And by the time I left, I had the part. I had no idea how big the movie was, or that coming out of it I wouldn’t be taken seriously. I went back to taking acting classes for a few years. When you’re young, you don’t see the connections, how one thing leads to the other.
The Truth About Jack, The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1981
Jack Nicholson and the director, Bob Rafelson, were incredibly kind and generous, trusting an unproven actress with a major dramatic role. I learned a lot from being around Jack — he’s one of the great film actors of all time. He understood the camera and what to do when. He showed me the power of gesture.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Partner from 1976 to 1982
When I first met Misha, there was something so familiar about him … physically, emotionally, everything.
A Simpler Time, First Academy Award, 1983
I knew when I did*Frances*that it was something extraordinary. I love those kinds of parts, with huge emotional swings. But*Tootsie*turned out to be the best film I ever made. And to win my first Oscar for it was thrilling, not terrifying, the way it might be today. The awards were more casual then. You did your own hair; you did your own makeup. It wasn’t the fashion event of the season.
If at First You*Don’t Succeed … A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992
I hate not getting performances right. Blanche DuBois was a part I had always been in love with. Ultimately, I wasn’t really prepared for it. I didn’t understand stage the way I did film. The critical response was negative. It was hard. But I kept trying, and finally, with*Long Day’s Journey,*we had a great production.
Digging Deep, Blue Sky, 1994
My connection to the manic-depressive character of Carly came organically. You draw on grief, sadness, rage — those things in your own life. What’s interesting is to let something emerge that surprises even you.
Sam Shepard, Partner from 1982 to 2009
I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor.
Helping in Congo, UNICEF mission, 2003
A civil war was just getting started. I met women who’d walked through the jungle for days, with terrible*injuries, carrying their children. I can’t go in and help the way Doctors Without Borders does. But at least I can try to raise awareness.
Behind the Lens, 50 Photographs*by Jessica Lange, 2008
I’ve been taking photographs for about 20 years now. I love to be the anonymous observer, capturing small dramas that no one else has noticed.
My First Children’s Book, It’s About a Little Bird, 2013
It started as a little story I wrote for my granddaughters. I was very interested in turn-of-the-century photographs and the way they would be hand-tinted. So I collected a lot of photographs I had taken of the kids and started hand coloring them. Then the story came together after I had a dream, and I put it together as their Christmas present, as a book. And then a friend of mine saw it and said, “You should publish this.”
Fear Factor, American Horror Story, 2011–15
Horror has never been my favorite genre, but Ryan Murphy, the producer, is a great seducer. I*thought,*I’ll do it for a year.*And it turned out to be four years of amazing roles. Television has been great.
On Older Women in Hollywood
Ageism is pervasive in this industry. It’s not a level playing field. You don’t often see women in their 60s playing romantic leads, yet you will see men in their 60s playing romantic leads with costars who are decades younger. I think about how few wonderful actresses of my generation are still doing viable, important film work. You go to television. You go to the stage. You do whatever you can because you want to keep working.
In recent years I’ve tried to come to grips with the idea that you can actually choose to be happy. You can choose not to let things affect you negatively. I’ve always had such a quick temper. I realize now, it’s such a waste of energy. You can actually choose to let things roll off you.
On the Joy of Family
Having children gives you a perspective you didn’t have before. You are no longer the center of the universe. It opened my heart, made me a different person. Every move you make is with someone else in mind. I loved being a mother more than anything else in the world, and being a grandmother is even more fun. There’s the chance to do it again. It’s in the perfect order of nature: You raise your children, and then the next generation comes along. They are the redemptive force in nature. Plus, it’s easier!
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jessica Lange
Lange says she can “sing every lyric Dylan ever wrote. He was a transformative artist in my life.”
If she could change one thing …
It would be her “absolute willfulness.”
Tale of two tats
Lange got her first tattoo in Paris at age 19 — a crescent moon on her hip, the smallest one offered. She also has a Celtic knot on her wrist; her older daughter is similarly inked.
“I’ve seen a presence. Most ghosts are easy, benevolent.”
“Where I grew up, it seeps into your bones. Seems I’ve spent my life trying to fill it up.”August 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm #1202174179
Right. Because, you know, I’m responsible for Shepard’s death.
Ugh, don’t start this up again.
Start what up again? I’m new here. I’m sure there are other posters who are fans of Lange. My question is sincere.
The industry can be extremely sentimental. His death was just announced. I’m sure many of her peers sympathize with her.August 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm #1202174223
Why aren’t you using your “The Oracle” profile, Alex?August 3, 2017 at 11:36 pm #1202174233
I’m sure there are other posters who are fans of Lange.
Nobody said anything about being a fan of Lange. People said “nice try” and “ugh, don’t start this up again”. If you are new here than how do you know these comments are referring to your obsession with Lange?August 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm #1202174238
I’m sure there are other posters who are fans of Lange.
Nobody said anything about being a fan of Lange. People said “nice try” and “ugh, don’t start this up again”. If you are new here than how do you know these comments are referring to your obsession with Lange?
It’s called inferring. When someone you’ve never interacted with asks you not to “start this up again“, I think it’s safe to infer that they are referring to the thread being about Jessica Lange. I’ve never posted in this forum before, so I know I didn’t create a thread on Jessica Lange, which leads me to believe someone else did.
Just a hunch.August 3, 2017 at 11:53 pm #1202174247
Idk Lange has this pretty much locked up since Cher tweeted her initials. She doesn’t need the Shepard sympathy votes. Cher tweeted both her first and her last initialAugust 4, 2017 at 12:02 am #1202174252
Idk Lange has this pretty much locked up since Cher tweeted her initials. She doesn’t need the Shepard sympathy votes. Cher tweeted both her first and her last initial
I did a quick Twitter search because I thought you were lying. Apparently, you weren’t!August 4, 2017 at 12:07 am #1202174255
How am I just finding out that Cher is a big fan of Lange’s? Thanks, hats-off!August 4, 2017 at 12:08 am #1202174258
Is Alex B. talking to himself?August 4, 2017 at 12:23 am #1202174273
Yea Lange is really 3 for 4 right now. 1: her friend dies, 2: her first initial was tweeted, 3: her second initial was tweeted. If only her performance was good. Then she’d hit all 4 criteria of an emmy winner. Sucks her performance was bad. Will 3/4 be enough to take the gold?
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