Jessica Lange has always seemed like a grand old dame of Hollywood (which makes watching playing an aging actress with a troubled personal life on “American Horror Story” all the more interesting). She has had a long and varied acting career and her romantic entanglements are, fittingly, just as interesting.
Lange recently announced that she and partner Sam Shepard, a
Pulitzer-winning playwright, split two years ago after nearly 30 years
together. The couple met in 1982 and have two children together, Hannah Jane, 26, and Samuel Walker, 24, though they never married.
But before Shepard, Lange met photographer Francisco “Paco” Grande in 1968 and married him in 1970. But they couple became estranged several years later and she took up with choreographer Bob Fosse, who cast her as the “Angel of Death” in the 1979 movie “All That Jazz.” The two remained friends after the romance fizzled and Lange then started seeing famous ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Lange eventually divorced Grande in 1981 and gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexandra, 29, with Baryshnikov, in 1982. It was that same year Lange began seeing Shepard and that’s who she was with until this recent split. The pictures above are of Lange and Shepard in 2006 and Lange and Baryshnikov in 2008, so clearly she stayed on good terms with Mikhail.
What an epic Hollywood trail of exes. Well done, Jessica.