Jessica Lange was an ingenue with a handful of movies to her resume when she won an Oscar in 1983 for Tootsie. It took 26 years for her to win her first Emmy for HBO’s Grey’s Garden in 2009. Just seven years later, 67-year-old Lange tonight nabbed her first Tony Award for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, moving her within a Grammy win of achieving EGOT status.
She has multiple nominations for each of the three awards she has won multiple Oscar and Emmy trophies, including an 1995 Oscar for Blue Sky and a 2012 and 2014 Emmy for Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. It was Lange’s collaboration with Murphy on the FX horror anthology series that led to Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
“This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this,” Lange said while accepting the Tony award on stage, referencing the tragic events in Orlando that cast a shadow over the event.
“Mary is my favorite role,” Lange said backstage of the character whom she’d originally played on stage in London 16 years ago. While she was still on AHS, Lange told Murphy that she wanted to do the play again.
“He secured the rights, and then we took it to Todd Haimes and the Roundabout Theatre,” Lange said backstage after winning the Tony. “So I am here by his friendship and good graces.”
She can now repay Murphy with another stint on AHS where she has an open invitation. In an interview last summer, Murphy sounded hopeful.
“I think if I went to Jessica and I had an amazing role, I think she would do it. I think she wanted some time off, but Jessica is somebody that is always about the role, in every season on this show.