Jessica Lange is one of just three actors (along with Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett) to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress AND Best Lead Actress. She won the former in 1982 for her comedic performance in Tootsie and the latter in 1994 for Blue Sky. Even more impressively, she's in a very small group of people to have won at least one Oscar, one Emmy, and one Tony Award - AKA the “Triple Crown” of acting.
Lange made her film debut in the 1978 remake of King Kong, a performance that earned her a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In 1982 she won the Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie and was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as troubled 1930s film star Frances Farmer in Frances. This feat made her the first person since 1943 to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year.
Lange received three more Oscar nominations before winning her second Oscar for her performance as a bipolar housewife in Blue Sky. In 1996, Entertainment Weekly named Lange as one of the 25 Greatest Actresses of the '90s. Aside from Blue Sky, her films in that decade included Cape Fear, Night and the City, A Thousand Acres, and Cousin Bette.
As Lange entered her 50s, the roles offered to her in films became less and less appealing. So she began focusing more on television work. She earned her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in 2009 for her performance in Grey Gardens. She was nominated in four straight years for performances in the anthology series American Horror Story, winning an Emmy in 2012 and 2014. In 2019 she received her fifth Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on that series, this time in a Guest Star role. That same year, she also appeared in eight episodes of Season 1 of the Netflix comedy-drama series The Politician, portraying Dusty Jackson.