Big Edie Beale
Played by Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange ("Big Edie" Beale), a two-time Academy Award® winner, made her film debut in King Kong, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. She received dual Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for Frances and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie, for which she took home the Oscar® for Supporting Actress.
In 1994, Lange won her first Oscar® for Best Actress in Blue Sky. Her other films include Country, for which she earned Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role, plus Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both of which garnered her Academy Award® nominations, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Music Box. Among Lange's other films are Cape Fear, Losing Isaiah, Rob Roy, Big Fish, Broken Flowers, Don't Come Knocking, and, most recently, "Bonneville." In 1996 she received her first Emmy® nomination for the TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, playing Blanche DuBois.
Lange's other TV credits include HBO Films' Normal, for which she received Emmy® and Golden Globe nominations, and a recent remake of Sybil.