Jessica Lange's Behind the Lens

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Jessica Lange's Behind the Lens

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Jessica Lange stands by one of her works at the Rose Gallery in Santa Monica

While Dustin Hoffman rightly gets a lot of attention for "Tootsie," we've always been rooters of Jessica Lange. Her soft-but-not-so-mild soap actress had some hard corners, and we liked when she attempted to set up "Dorothy" with her dad, played by Charles Durning. Still like. We're laughing right now.

In short, Ms. Lange, as an actress and artist, surprises. She is also a photographer -- she won a photography scholarship as a young student -- and now several dozen of her pictures are on display at the Rose Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

The black-and-white photos were snapped in the U.S. as well as spots around the globe, including Mexico and Romania. They're haunting; we like the leaning cemetery headstones, and a darkened beach scene caught at dusk, or a dusk-like hour. Ms. Lange also likes stolen-couple moments, too. All atmospheric, with mood.

Also nice: Part of the proceeds from her work are going to help the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which assists actors and others. It's not hard to bring that thought back to "Tootsie" -- after all, Dustin Hoffman was playing an actor down on his luck -- and so we find that fitting. And kind.

"Jessica Lange: 50 Photographs" opened on July 14th, and runs through September 12th, at the Rose Gallery.

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