Golden Globes Well Played: Jessica Lange


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There’s something delicious about the fact that Jessica Lange has basically become Ryan Murphy’s muse, and that he will write all manner of weird things for her to do and say, and she will do them and say them as if it’s the most natural thing. I feel like he puts so much energy into her characters on American Horror Story that it explains why the rest of the show tends to fall apart around her into a steaming, but somehow totally watchable, mess. (I say this despite being several episodes behind on the current one, so maybe my theory no longer holds water.) But can you blame him for wanting to give her nice things?

I love this dress. She is staring at us, like, “I know you want to. I know you are desperate to say, ‘Man, talk about an American horror story,’ and so instead I look fantastic and you will never get your chance.” Fair enough, Jessica, and besides, I should thank you for saving me from Hackytown. You KNOW I’m always about two dollars away from buying land there.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Art Eclectic
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    Personally, I think Jessica is overdue for a hairstyle change. What worked 30 years ago isn’t working today. There is also a point where your age shows enough in your face that a youthful color job looks freaky (see also: Mick Jagger.) Go gently grey, Jessica. Find a hairstyle that flatters a woman of a certain age. Find whoever styles Helen Mirren and pay them well to make you that spectacular. You deserve better.

    • TonyG
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      She’s one of the few in Hollywood who did not have any work done, so I am willing to give her a pass on hair color. Besides those curls are fabulous, and she is golden.

    • Sally
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      Totally agree about the hairstyle. It is not flattering to her at all. I don’t think she needs to go gray, but this just makes her face look way too harsh.

  2. EricD
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    The print reminds me of the Microsoft Windows wallpaper “Rhododendron.” I like it.

  3. Heather
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    I am pretty sure she’s had work done. I’m not mad at her for it, but a few years ago… yeah.

    • TonyG
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      “Pretty sure…”

      I am not a fan of that phrase. I think people will always speculate, because, she is an actress of a certain age, but she looks natural to me.

  4. Art Eclectic
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    Whether she had work done or not wasn’t my point. I think the ingenue hair no longer works on a mature woman of her years. It’s an issue a lot of women face, along with a refusal to change makeup colors and application in response to aging skin, and the ever-popular “dress the figure you have, not the one you remember.”

  5. Rachel
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    I guess I am in the minority here, but I do NOT like this dress. The fabric looks like it belongs on an ugly couch.

    • Trent
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      I kind of agree. The fabric looks very heavy and chenille-y (which, granted, it’s Winter), and I don’t think the sleeves, or lack thereof, are very flattering. Plus I had to give up AHS earlier this season because it had just devolved, IMO, into an unwatchable mess. And not the fun OTT mess of the first season, but a “let’s throw every possible horror trope against the wall and see what sticks.”

      • Melody
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        Yeah, this is not working nearly as well for her as people are saying. If this were on anybody else, I’m fairly certain J + H would not be singing its praises. It looks cheap and tacky. I don’t hate Jessica Lange, either, but truth is truth.

  6. Leah
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    OMG her eyes!! They look amazing in this photo! I’m half her age and can’t get black shadow to do anything for me.

  7. Elizabeth
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    Jessica Lange and my mother were BFF for one year, in the 4th grade. They got puppies from the same litter. Then Jessica moved away, and that was that. And then a few years ago, A&E did a documentary on Jessica and used a picture of her and my mother and their puppies, and cropped out my mother. True story.

    • LibraryChick
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      Sorry A&E cropped out your mom. If the show was unable to track her down to grant permission, they probably did it to cover themselves legally.

  8. Jessica Reeder Salmon
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    I think she looked classy and beautiful. I loved the shots we got of her in the ceremony with her specs on too – truly a beautiful lady.

  9. Vandalfan
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    At least Madge has the sense to cover up her dreadful old chicken arms. I had hoped never to have this dame in my face again.

  10. Lydia Lilli
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    WOW! Some of you people are really nasty and vicious but it shows how small-minded, petty and jealous you are of a great talent like Jessica Lange. She is a terrifically talented actress and looks more beautiful now than when she was younger – plus she has a lot of class, which is more than I can say for some of the nasty commenters here. Jessica has also been a UNICEF spokesperson, is a very talented photographer, is an activist and is also coming out with a children’s book – what have some of you contributed to the world besides nasty comments?

    • Sandra
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      You should meet up with The Kristen Stewart Defender who posts here sometimes. I think you two kids just might have a lot in common.

  11. gryt
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    Not to mention that she’s hilarous and has an interesting intellect. I saw her on Kimmel and she was a seiously great interviewee; her personality was just oozing. In person she is hawt!

    Much like her longtime (ex) partner Sam Shepard btw, who could not be cooler or deeper.