One of the few actresses in history to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, Jessica Lange, 71, is an American actress who made her breakthrough as Dawn in the 1993 action-adventure film King Kong alongside Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin.
Following her acting debut in 1976, Lange has appeared in numerous films and tv shows as of 2020. For her work in the entertainment industry, she has won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe, three Emmy Awards, and several others. A few of her notable film credits are Tootsie, Country, Grey Gardens, Music Box, Blue Sky, and A Thousand Acres.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lange's net worth is estimated at around $15 million as of early 2020. She amassed her million-dollar asset from her successful career of 44 years.
With an experience of over 4 decades, Lange surely pockets thousands or even millions of dollars for her work in films and television shows.
As per various online tabloids, the average salary of an actor ranges from around $48,000 to $67,000 per year. However, the salary may vary from state to state.
She reportedly received $350,000 for her role as Julie Nichols in Tootsie, $2 million for playing Meg Magrath in Crimes of the Heart, and $1.5 million for Margaret Lewin in Losing Isaiah.
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born on 20th April 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, the United States of America to Albert John Lange, who was a teacher and Dorothy Florence, a housewife. She has German and Finnish ancestry and is an American as per her nationality.
She grew up alongside her siblings Jane, Ann, and George in Cloquet, where she attended Cloquet High School. She then joined the University of Minnesota to study art photography; however, she dropped out to pursue a different lifestyle. Moreover, she studied acting at HB Studio in New York.
King Kong star met her then-future husband Francisco 'Paco' Grande while attending university. The couple dated for a while and exchanged their wedding vows on 29th July 1970.
However, they separated after moving to Europe in the mid-1970s, and their divorce was finalized in the early 1980s. As per sources, Lange paid an undisclosed amount in alimony.
During the initial phase of her career, Jessica worked as a model for the Wilhelmina modeling agency. During this time, she was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentis.
She made her film debut as Dawn in the 1976 film King Kong. The film was made under the budget of $23-24 million and grossed around $74.9-90.6 million in the box office.
Her initial film credits are All That Jazz, How to Beat the High Cost of Living, and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
In 1982, Jessica starred in Tootsie as Julie Nichols and in Frances as Frances Farmer, respectively. For her performance in the movies, she was nominated for two Academy Awards, eventually winning the Best Supporting Actress Award.
Likewise, in 1985, she portrayed Patsy Cline in the biographical film Sweet Dreams opposite Ed Harris, John Goodman, and Ann Wedgeworth.
In 1994, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance as a manic depressive army wife, Carly Marshall, in Blue Sky.
Similarly, in 2011, she joined the cast of horror anthology series American Horror Story and received rave reviews and several awards, including her second Primetime Emmy Award, her first Screen Actors Guild Award, and her fifth Golden Globe Award. She reprised her role in the second and third seasons of the show.
Since 2019, she is cast as Dusty Jackson in the Netflix web series The Politician opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Platt, and Zoey Deutch.
She is set to portray Marlene Dietrich in a feature film for Netflix.
Apart from her busy life as an actress, she is also involved in numerous philanthropic works. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, which specializes in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
She also supports the non-profit organization Listen Campaign.