Acclaimed actress Jessica Lange is the speaker for Sarah Lawrence College’s 79th Commencement taking place on Westlands lawn on May 23 at 10 a.m. She will address the 310 graduating seniors, who will receive the bachelor’s of arts in liberal arts degree, 125 graduate students receiving their master’s degrees, and their families.
“It is my pleasure to announce that Jessica Lange, an Oscar-award-winning actress and the mother of a Sarah Lawrence graduating senior, will address the Class of 2008,” said College President Karen R. Lawrence. “We are delighted and excited that such a notable artist will be our keynote speaker.”
Acclaimed as one of the great actresses of her generation, two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange has more than 30 credits to her name. She earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for performances in “Frances” and “Tootsie,” for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. In 1994, Lange won the Oscar for Best Actress in “Blue Sky.” Her performance in “Country” paired her with “Frances” co-star Sam Shepard and again earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. Lange’s success continued with “Sweet Dreams” and “Music Box.”
In 1992, Lange made her Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2000, she appeared on the London stage in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. In 2005, she returned to Broadway in another Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, with actor Christian Slater.
Lange has taken diverse roles in acclaimed movies including Martin Scorsese’s “Cape Fear,” Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers.” In 2005, she starred in the independent film “Don’t Come Knocking,” written by and co-starring Sam Shepard, marking their first professional collaboration after more than 15 years. Her current and upcoming projects include Christopher Rowley’s “Bonneville,” in theaters now, and “Grey Gardens,” which is scheduled for release next fall. Lange is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.