In 2012, Jessica won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Constance Langdon in American Horror Story.
In 2009, Jessica won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Big Edie in Grey Gardens.
In 1995, Jessica won another Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Carly Marshall in Blue Sky.
In 1983, Jessica won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Julie in Tootsie.
In 1995, Jessica was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role". The movie she was nominated for was Blue Sky.
Jessica is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and is a vocal critic of George W. Bush.
Jessica and Sophia Loren have joined forces to raise awareness for HIV positive children in Russia, she also is a big supporter of rights for the Monks of Nepal.
Jessica's interpretation of the pushed-to-the-limit Cora in the remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1981 was partially inspired by the downbeat life of B-movie actress Barbara Payton. In a Rolling Stone interview, Lange mentioned how she thought her character might have first drifted to Hollywood as an aspiring starlet, and costar Jack Nicholson gave her Payton's lurid, tell-all autobiography "I Am Not Ashamed" to look over on the set. Coincidentally, Lange and Payton were both born in Cloquet, Minnesota.
Jessica is one of the elite ten thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. She did it for Tootsie and Frances respectively, in 1983.
Jessica supplied all of the vocals for the songs from the film Sweet Dreams in 1985 where she portrayed Patsy Cline.
Jessica beat Meryl Streep for the role of Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams in 1985, according to Streep. Streep said it was one of the few if not the only role she ever went after. Then later said that she couldn't however, imagine the movie without her.
Jessica's daughter Shura Alexandra Baryshnikov, graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont in 2003. It's the same college that Chris Noth attended in the 70's.
Jessica is of Polish and Finnish descent.
Jessica attended the Guthrie Theater Drama School at the prestigious Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jessica was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actress for her performance in Long Day's Journey into Night at the Lyric Theatre.
In 1970s Manhattan, Jessica was represented by Wilhelmina Models, the same agency that later discovered Gia Carangi.
While she was between modeling jobs, Jessica waitressed at the Lion's Head restaurant in Greenwich Village.
As of 2004, Jessica and her family have been residing in New York, after spending a few years in Minnesota.
Jessica was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history #64 in 1995.
Jessica and Mikhail Baryshnikov had a daughter together named Alexandra in 1981. Prior to her six-year relationship with the Russian dancer Mikhail, Jessica was married to Paco Grande in the early 70s.
Jessica has been involved romantically with Sam Shepard since 1981. They have two children together, Hanna and Walker.
Jessica used to work as a model in New York, NY.
Jessica obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama.
Jessica is the third among the four children of Al and Dorothy Lange. She has two older sisters, Ann and Jane, and a younger brother George. Her father used to be a traveling salesman.
Jessica is 5' 8½" (1.74 m) tall.
Jessica: (when asked on what she has planned for the future) I never think of the future. I never imagine what comes next.
Jessica: If I didn't have children I'd be a much better actress. I wouldn't be so distracted. I could pour 100 percent of my energies into it, to promote the investigation which acting is.
Jessica: I always wanted to [do more comic roles], but I never got offered them. Or if I was offered them, they didn't come up to the standard of Tootsie. So it really didn't kind of illicit my time and energy.
Jessica: I have made decisions based from purely an actor's point of view. I could be making a lot more money now if I had chosen a different kind of movie, but none of that matters to me... I've done the parts I wanted to do.