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Jessica Lange

During her four-plus decades in the Hollywood spotlight, Jessica Lange has had plenty of claims to fame, although her latest just may be her least glamorous yet. The woman who stole the hearts of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sam Shepard is currently winning over audiences as Sister Jude, the fantastically creepy nun in charge of the Briarcliff mental institution on the haunting FX series American Horror Story.

Fear and terror aren't entirely new mediums for Lange, of course. Her reprise of Fay Wray's damsel in distress in the 1976 remake of King Kong was her entrée into Hollywood, and who can forget her unhinged mother in 1991's Cape Fear? Lange's had plenty of hits, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 classic Tootsie and enjoying some of the steamiest on-screen sex the world has ever seen with Jack Nicholson, who once described his The Postman Always Rings Twice co-star as "a cross between a delicate fawn and a Buick." And she can sing! Lange reportedly beat out Meryl Streep to play Patsy Cline in the 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams. You'll be having none of those if you tune in to Horror Story next Wednesday night.

—Brittany Adams

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