Jessica Lange Discusses Her Pending Retirement

Jessica Lange is discussing her pending retirement, which she expects to happen within the next few years. The 64-year-old actress said she has been acting for nearly 40 years and she is ready for “a new adventure in life.”

The iconic actress is currently promoting American Horror Story: Coven. In the show’s third season, Lange plays the headmistress of a witchcraft school in New Orleans. Her character, Fiona, is tasked with protecting the coven, and its secrets, from outsiders.

Lange’s contract will end with the conclusion of the American Horror Story’s fourth season. Although the actress said she has no specific plans for her retirement, she realizes she cannot explore new endeavors if she is “committed to something else.”

As reported by E! Online, Jessica Lange may use the extra time to continue her writing. Most recently, she wrote a children’s book titled It’s About a Little Bird. The book features a series of photographs taken by the well-known actress. The black and white photos were hand tinted and used to illustrate the story.

Lange is a native of Cloquet, Minnesota. According to Ace Showbiz, she made her film debut with the 1976 remake of King Kong. Her performance won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture.

The talented actress went on to appear in numerous award-winning films, including All that Jazz, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Tootsie. Lange said she specifically chooses her roles based on “an actor’s point of view,” not on the potential for profits:

“I don’t do films that gross $100 million or whatever… 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.”


Throughout her career, Lange has won two Oscar Awards, five Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, and 24 other awards.

Although Jessica Lange is prepared to retire, she is not finished quite yet. She said she still plans to finish American Horror Story and will not rule out another film or stage production.

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