Movie: King Kong (1976)

Jessica Lange’s recent Emmy for her brilliantly antagonistic work on FX’s American Horror Story is a pleasant reminder that she’s yet to leave the precious genre of fear and fine ladies behind. The two-time Oscar statue earner (1983 Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie; 1995 Best Actress for Blue Sky) has been connected to the horror world since her big-screen debut in 1976’s King Kong, the second cinematic telling of the lovable, misunderstood, and mondo-sized gorilla’s primate-meets-woman tragedy. Lange starred as Kong’s love interest, a role that required her to rock two-piece outfits and flash some nice 27-year-old skin. No wonder the hairy King was so sprung.