Jessica Lange Will Quit American Horror Story After Fourth Season

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October 24, 2013 | 8:56pm EST

Actress Jessica Lange is planning to walk away from hit U.S. drama series American Horror Story next year, as she prepares to wind down her acting career.
The Oscar-winning actress, who has played a meddling neighbor, witch and a nun on co-creator/producer Ryan Murphy’s creepy show, reveals she is serious about retiring now she’s 64, but there are a number of final projects she would like to complete before bowing out of the spotlight for good.
She tells the Los Angeles Times, “I am coming to the end of acting. I have a list: another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of American Horror Story… and then that is it for me. Because I think that’s enough. I want to go out with a bang… or should I say, a scare?”
Lange credits the supernatural thriller with giving her a new lease of life onscreen, although it has taken a little adjustment to get used to the attention she has garnered from younger viewers: “It (American Horror Story) re-energised me; it re-energised my career. There’s no shame in recognising that. It’s exposed me to a whole new generation, which is a little strange. I’m not used to young people thinking I’m cool.”
Lange already has plans for her last theater project – she is hoping to make her Broadway return by reprising her West End role in classic drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Back in August, she told the Times, “About 12 years ago now, I did a production of what is probably my favorite play ever of all time, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and I am planning on doing that sometime within the next year and a half back on Broadway.”
Lange’s portrayal of drug-addled mother Mary Tyrone in 2000 won her a nomination for the U.K.’s prestigious Olivier Awards.
She last appeared on Broadway in a 2005 revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.