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Biography #2 (for Broken Flowers)

Two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange is one of the entertainment world's most highly regarded actresses. After studying drama in Paris, Ms. Lange moved to New York, where she worked as a model before being cast by producer Dino De Laurentiis in King Kong (directed by John Guillermin). She went on to costar in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz and then star opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice. In 1982, Ms. Lange starred in Graeme Clifford's Frances and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie, and was double-nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for both performances. For the latter, which became one of the most popular films of all time, she won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award, as well as awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle, for Best Supporting Actress.

She subsequently earned Academy Award nominations for Richard Pearce's Country (which she also produced), Karel Reisz' Sweet Dreams (starring as Patsy Cline), and Costa-Gavras' Music Box. For her performance in Tony Richardson's Blue Sky, she won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award, as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, for Best Actress.

Ms. Lange's other films include Bruce Beresford's Crimes of the Heart, Sam Shepard's Far North, Paul Brickman's Men Don't Leave, Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear, Irwin Winkler's Night and the City, Michael Caton-Jones' Rob Roy, Jocelyn Moorhouse's A Thousand Acres, Julie Taymor's Titus, and Tim Burton's Big Fish. She will next be seen starring on-screen in Wim Wenders' Don't Come Knocking and Joshua Michael Stern's Neverwas. She soon begins filming Robin Swicord's The Mermaids Singing (adapted from Lisa Carey's novel).

Through the spring and early summer of 2005, Ms. Lange is starring on Broadway as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. She made her Broadway stage debut as Blanche DuBois in the playwright's A Streetcar Named Desire, later reprising the role for a telefilm (directed by Glenn Jordan, and for which she won her third Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination) as well as on the London stage. She returned to the latter as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night (for which she was honored with an Olivier Award nomination).

In addition to A Streetcar Named Desire, Ms. Lange's notable telefilm appearances include Glenn Jordan's O Pioneers! (for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination) and Jane Anderson's Normal (for which she received Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations).

In 2003, Ms. Lange became a Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF.

Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Broken Flowers" (16-Oct-2005)


Biography #3

The recipient of six Academy Award nominations, Lange has built her distinguished career portraying strong and independent women. Raised in Minnesota, she later moved to New York City, where she worked as a model and studied acting. Her first film role was in the remake of King Kong. Two years later, she played the Angel of Death in Bob Fosse's magnum opus All That Jazz, followed by her first comedic role in How to Beat the High Cost of Living.

Lange received critical praise for her performance as Cora in Bob Rafelson's remake of the classic The Postman Always Rings Twice opposite Jack Nicholson, and earned her first Academy Award nomination for her next film, Frances, based on the life of Frances Farmer. That film segued almost immediately into work on Tootsie, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1983. This marked the first time in twenty-five years that an actor had been nominated for two Oscars in the same year. She went on to both produce and star in Country, after which she portrayed country western legend Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams. She received Best Actress nominations for both of these roles.

Lange next starred in Crimes of the Heart opposite Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton, Far North, written and directed by Sam Shepard, Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All-American opposite Dennis Quaid, Men Don't Leave and Costa-Gavre's Music Box, which earned her a fifth Academy Award nomination. Soon after, she starred in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear opposite Robert DeNiro, with whom she also starred in Night and the City. Other recent films include Losing Isaiah with Halle Berry and David Strathairn and Rob Roy with Liam Neeson.

Lange made her Broadway debut in 1992 as Blanche Dubois in Gregory Mosher's revival of Tennessee William's A Street Car Named Desire. Lange had an exceptionally good year in 1995, in which she won the Best Actress honor at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for her performance in Blue Sky.

Most recently, Lange starred in Jocelyn Moorhouse's A Thousand Acres, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Bio courtesy Fox Searchlight (03-Jul-2002)


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