Like many, I first saw Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake of King Kong. (Yes, I am that old.) Like many teenage boys, I eagerly awaited to see Jessica Lange's...uh...performance. She was of course beautiful, but the performance...Eh?
Since Lange was originally from Minnesota, my curiosity continued to peak in her other performances. Much like the Minnesota Scandinavian tradition of saying "no thank you" three times before accepting a cup of coffee, I needed to give Jessica a few shots at proving herself. She began to find herself a few years later during her incredible portrayal of Frances Farmer in Frances. She added to that by taking roles that expanded her range in films such as Cape Fear and Tootsie as well as her portrayal of Patsy Cline. Then she changed venues and played Blanche in a Street Car Named Desire on Broadway. I think all of this prepared her for her ultimate role as the ever changing matriarch in American Horror Story.
I was mesmerized by her performance in the first American Horror Story season. Her range and delivery got better with each year until capping her multiple decades long growth with Wednesday night's apogee performance as Elsa Mars in Freak Show.
American Horror Story Freak Show's first episode gets a five theater seat rating! You can find the current season on FX. Some previous seasons of American Horror Story can be found on Netflix.
By Russell W. Peterson | DayParentDad.com | 10 Oct 14