Jessica Lange

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Lange in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Jesse Phyllis Lange

Place of Birth: Cloquet, Carlton, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: April 20, 1949

*50% Finnish
*25% Dutch
*25% German

Jessica Lange is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie (1982), and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Blue Sky (1994).

Her father was of half German and half Dutch descent. Her mother was of Finnish descent.

Jessica has a daughter, dancer and choreographer Shura Baryshnikov, with her former partner, Russian dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov; and two children with her former partner, actor and playwright Sam Shepard. Jessica is a cousin of Nancy Ann Lange, who is married to politician Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the President of Peru.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was George Oscar Alexander Lange (the son of Friedrick Lange and Pauline Jung). George was German, born in Sagan, Schlesien, Preussen.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Tena Trientje Eitens (the daughter of Aldert John Eitens and Janetha/Jacobje Kamps). Trientje was Dutch, born in Peize, Drenthe, Netherlands. Albert was the son of Jan Eitens and Trientien Ottens. Janetha was the daughter of Egbert Kamps and Roelofje Estell/Stel.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was George Ilmar Sahlman (the son of John Sahlman and Eva Raisanen). George was born in Finland.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Elvira Buskala (the daughter of John Buskala and Annie Joula). Lillian was born in Minnesota, to Finnish parents.

Each of Jessica’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Remy Auberjonois, Hart Bochner, Noah Emmerich, Stephen Lang, Logan Lerman, Ben Rosenfield, Andy Samberg, and Wallace Shawn, singer and songwriter Paula Cole, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.

Sources: Genealogies of Jessica Lange –

Jessica’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jessica’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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12 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Genealogy of Jessica Lange –

    Jessica’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

    Jessica’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

  2. Susi says:

    Brown eyes allele is the dominant one. It’s not rare. There are people of all eye colours in the nord, hazel, green, grey, blue-grey, blue, brown… If one parent has brown eyes it usually overrides the other colours.

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